Our swimming sessions are open to any trans/non-binary/gender-questioning people of all fitness levels. There's a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure to push yourself more than you want to, our focus is on meeting new people and having fun.
Below are the measures we have put in place to keep our attendees safe. Please familiarise yourself with these before coming along.
We’d request that you not attend our events if you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, or have been in contact with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive.
You will now have to book a place to attend a swimming session. If you have booked and are unable to attend, please cancel your booking to allow somebody else to go instead.
We have set the maximum number of attendees at 16 to make it easier to maintain a safe distance from other participants and the pool staff.
TEST AND TRACE
When booking your place you will be asked to give your name, phone number and email address and to confirm you agree to being contacted in the event that someone lets us know they've tested positive for COVID-19.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE POOL
A member of the Trans Active committee (usually wearing an orange lanyard) will be present in the foyer to sign people in. If you arrive late we can sign you in after the session.
Please wear a face covering when arriving and leaving the pool building if you are able to.
We have private use of the pool area for the duration of our booking (12-1pm plus 30 minutes after for getting changed). This means that the only people who will be present on the poolside (besides the lifeguards) will be people attending our session.
The lifeguards have been trained to be sensitive to trans people’s needs. We’ve been running sessions at Heeley Pool since 2015 and the staff are familiar with our group.
There are individual changing cubicles around the edge of the pool. There are gendered communal changing rooms with showers and toilets - you can use whichever one you feel most comfortable in.
IN THE POOL
You can wear whatever makes you feel comfortable as long as your bottom half is covered - anyone can swim topless if they wish, whatever their assigned sex at birth and whether or not they've had surgery. Please ensure that your clothing is safe to swim in, ie ideally made of swimsuit material and not too baggy or heavy once it's wet.
Please be mindful of leaving space for other pool users. We have people of all abilities and fitness levels attending who want different things from the session - some may want to spend an hour swimming lengths, others may want to float about and socialise.
You’re very welcome to bring floats, rings or other pool toys if you’d like, though you will need to bring your own pump for any inflatable items. Heeley Pool also has some floats that we can use, just ask the lifeguard if you’d like one.