Swimming

Sandringham Life Saving Club have witnessed the increase in popularity of Bay swimming in recent years. The club management and volunteers will be providing supported swim activities throughout the year to ensure swimmers of all abilities feel safe, confident and supported, thereby increasing enjoyment and decreasing risks of incidents.

Every Sunday morning from November to April, the Sandringham LSC water safety crew were in the water to support swimmers of all abilities to swim confidently in the Bay. Please note this is not a learn to swim environment and children wishing to participate must be accompanied in the water by a parent or guardian.

After some careful consideration we have decided to introduce waves of swimming groups.

This will mean that 25 swimmers at a time will swim (to either pole) with 5 water safety on rescue boards. We are currently looking to run 3 waves at half hour intervals and will look to run additional waves if all time slots are taken prior to Sunday.

Swimmers will need to register in advance for the time slot they wish to be in. Here is the link

At this stage bookings will not be determined on distance or speed. We will assess how this new system works and review and adapt if required and where possible.

The morning swim is followed by a warming beverage and Egg & Bacon Sarnie. As the generous funding from Bayside City Council has concluded, we are asking for people to bring a gold coin donation to help us cover the food costs of the BBQ. The BBQ and drinks will be served throughout, so you won’t miss out!

Bookings will be available on Monday mornings, when you can see the forecast for the following week’s weather and water conditions.

As previously, if the EPA deems the water quality as poor we will cancel the swim. Similarly, we will evaluate (the day before or potentially on the day) the wind speed and direction and the impact on the water surface conditions to determine how that might affect your swim and our ability to run and manage the event safely. Please follow us on social media or check the noticeboard outside the club for updates.  

This event is free to the public. A swimming/community membership at SLSC is encouraged but not required to participate. A membership at the club will enable access to the toilets and hot showers whilst the clubhouse is open (and you will be supporting our vital volunteer-led community lifesaving service).

For more information about joining Sandringham LSC visit our membership page.

On Wednesday morning’s Sandringham LSC also host Silver Salties ‘Be Confident Swimming in the Bay’ classes hosted by Peter Hendricks from Swimwell. Please note that prior registration is required to participate in these classes and that class fees apply. Please click here to find out more information

If you have any questions or need more information, please email swimming@sandringhamlsc.org.au.

Please note that given the current Port Philip Bay water quality issues, this swim session is subject to change at short notice due to EPA Water Quality Guidelines. Please follow up on our Facebook page for updates.

Thank you to Bayside City Council and their Community Grant Program for supporting us through the 2022-23 season.