No Photos or Video

Please could we remind parents, guardians and other spectators; The taking photographs of, or the video recording of, any swimmers (including your own children) on any media including mobile phones is not allowed during ORCA training sessions. This is in line with Swim England’s safeguarding policy for the protection of the children in the group.

Oldham Wakes (Virtual) Gala

Let’s get back to racing again – the Oldham Wakes Gala 2021!

We would like to celebrate the national reopening from June 21st by running a virtual gala during our club training sessions. We will be competing virtually against Chadderton ASC and Oldham Seals ASC. We are calling it the “Oldham Wakes Gala” to commemorate the famous holidays we used to enjoy in June.

This will be a great chance for our swimmers to rediscover the thrill of swimming fast, and for younger swimmers to practice competitive swimming without the pressure of a real gala.

The Gala will be held within the normal training sessions, swimmers should just come to their normal allocated sessions. All swimmers will be given the opportunity to compete in all events, which will be 4 individual races as well as relays. Oldham and Chadderton won’t be physically there, but we’ll record everyone’s times and put them onto a spreadsheet that is shared with the other teams, and they will do the same. 

After 2-3 weeks, all swimmers should have had a chance to submit a time for each event – and the 2 fastest times in each race will score points in the Virtual Gala.

There will be 5 age groups – under 10s, 11-12s, 13-14s, 15-16s and over 16s. Each age group will score a points total as well as an overall score for the whole club. Age will be taken as the swimmers age on 31 December 2021.

Not ALL sessions will be run like this – after the first week of races we may want to have a normal week of training to keep up our fitness levels and practice some race skills, but we are planning to give all clubs a 3 week window to submit as many times for the events as possible so we can generate a good points total and make the event competitive.

ORCA, Chadderton and Oldham are all very similar local clubs run in a very similar way so the points should be close. The object of the event is one of friendly competition with emphasis on friendly. If we win an age group then that’s obviously brilliant, but we want to help our swimmers get back to enjoying swimming fast, so we will not be putting too much pressure on any of the swimmers at all.

It would be a good idea if swimmers brought a spare towel so they can stay dry and warm between swims and also a drink in a plastic sports bottle to stay hydrated. If you have any thoughts on this then do feel free to chat to any of the coaches at club or contact us about it. We want our swimmers to really enjoy this and also to give them something to aim for and a benchmark for their own performance.

We will be able to publish the swimmers times on our website – but to do this we need your permission to use the swimmers names (otherwise we will publish it anonymously and you can ask us to identify the entry personally). If you would like the times achieved in Swim Galas to be published on the website, please complete the following form to give your permission for your personal data to be used.

Lockdown Changes

From Monday 17th May, swim training for 18+ members will once again be allowed.

Any 18+ swimmers that wish to restart training should contact the club to make sure that their membership is renewed (club membership payment and Swim England membership needs to be active) and agree a swimming session with the coaching team.

Membership confirmation :

Training session agreements :

Membership of the club needs to be completed before swimming can restart for insurance purposes. Please do not just turn up as you will not be allowed to train until membership is completed.

Monthly fees for May will be 50% of full monthly fees for 18+ swimmers that restart in May, and full payment from 1st June.

Bank Holiday

There will be no training on Monday 3rd May and Monday 31st May – the Leisure Centre is closed for the Bank Holiday.

Membership Renewals and Benefits of Membership.

Polite Reminder

The last date for you to renew your membership for ORCA 2021 – February 14th.

SwimEngland have a deadline for ORCA to renew your membership at the end of February, if you don’t make your renewal by 14th February we will have to cancel your Swim England membership and you will not be eligible to train until this is reinstated. This could take a few weeks to process.

If you are an ATS swimmer and pay your Swim England membership through ORCA, you will also not be able to train with ATS until this is renewed.

If you wish to remain a member, please could you ensure you have renewed by 14 Feb. Please use link below for details.

Benefits of Swim England membership.

ORCA at the Olympics

ORCA at the OLYMPICS event starts tomorrow.

If you have not confirmed that you are taking part, please send us an email at to let us know..

Its just for a bit of fun, a bit of motivation to do some exercise.

Do it as an individual or family – all the miles count.

If you get some sponsorship then that will help the club funds and we can use that for the swimmers and keep the club in a good place through these difficult times.

Send us the number of miles weekly, either walked, run, cycled or swam, and we will count them off against the distance from Royton Leisure Centre to Tokyo Olympic Park.

Swim England : The top 8 benefits of swimming

  1. Full body workout. Swimming uses all the muscles in the body so whether you swim a gentle breaststroke or hammer butterfly, you will get a full body workout. Plus, exercising in water makes your body work harder so 30 minutes in a pool is worth 45 minutes of the same activity on land.
  2. Great for general wellbeing. Just 30 minutes of swimming three times a week alongside a balanced, healthy diet and lifestyle is one of the best ways to stay fit and healthy and maintain a positive mental outlook. Do it with friends, and it’s even more fun!
  3. De-stresses and relaxes. Whether it’s work stressing you out, the kids being a nightmare, or just life in general, we all get times we just want to SCREAM. Well, help is at hand. Swimming regularly can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your sleep patterns. Feeling the mental benefits of swimming takes just a light swim. No lane pounding needed.
  4. Burns those calories. Swimming is one of the most effective ways to burn calories. A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour, more than double that of walking. And a faster swim would see that chocolate bar gone quicker than if you went running or cycling.
  5. Lowers the risk of diseases. As well as being a great form of cardiovascular exercise, swimming just 30 minutes a week can help to guard against heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes.
  6. Supports the body. Water supports up to 90 per cent of the body’s weight. So if you sprained an ankle at Monday night football or have a long term injury or illness, swimming is a brilliant way to stay active.
  7. Increases your energy levels. Inactivity and not ageing is often responsible for people’s lack of energy. Just 30 minutes of swimming three times per week can boost your energy levels through increased metabolic rate.
  8. Exercising without the sweat. If sweating puts you off other forms of exercise, fear not! As a swimmer, you’ll never feel sweaty no matter how hard you work because the water around you is constantly cooling you down.

Membership Renewals

Please could you complete your membership renewals as soon as possible.

The deadline is mid February for applications to reach ORCA for us to then register with Swim England.

Please could we request your membership payments and completion the form on this link below as soon as possible.

Lockdown 3

Following the government announcement, OCL has advised that the Leisure Centres will again be closing.

With regret, we will not be able to reopen on 2 January as planned.

Please could you skip your January monthly fees.

We will let you know when we can restart as soon as we know.

Stay safe and well and we will see you all soon.