Aspire channel swim 2021

I am not the best swimmer by any means and I don’t like swimming much either. This is exactly why I have decided to take part in this years Aspire channel swim. My aim is to improve my swimming technique and complete at least 1 mile front crawl by the end of the challenge along with raising as much money as possible for a great … Continue reading Aspire channel swim 2021

Rochdale Underwater Hockey team members crowned national champions!

Eleven players from Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club travelled to Plymouth last weekend to compete in the National Age Group Championships and Rochdale’s Under-12s representatives came away with a gold medal. Due to players isolating due to Covid and the lack of pool time in the last 18 months it was necessary for clubs to combine to make up teams. Six players from the Under-12s team … Continue reading Rochdale Underwater Hockey team members crowned national champions!

Open water swimming, what’s the deal?

The benefits of swimming, or going for a dip in open water are well documented, for both your physical and mental health.. but so are the hazards. Around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites and most of these drownings are down to a lack of knowledge and understanding of open water safety. I enjoyed a swim in Windermere on Sunday. I’m relatively … Continue reading Open water swimming, what’s the deal?

My 2 Year Veggieversary

This month marks two years since I became vegetarian, and it’s been quite a journey! It all started on a sunny day with a cow, a border collie and some friends. Whilst enjoying a walk we came across a group of young cows in a neighbouring field. The cows were inquisitive, playful and enjoyed a good head scratch. My friend remarked “they’re just like puppies” … Continue reading My 2 Year Veggieversary

Team OHLC take on Aspire Channel Swim

Aspire Channel Swim – 9 September to 2 December 2019 Discover your inner champion and swim the distance of the English channel this autumn. 22 miles, 12 weeks, 1416 lengths. Fundraising helps Aspire change the lives of people who have been affected by Spinal Cord Injury. If you want to join in: SIGN UP here! Join Team OHLC: Once you’ve signed up, make sure you join Team … Continue reading Team OHLC take on Aspire Channel Swim

Rochdale Underwater Hockey players selected for GB Team

Tiegan Alexander, 18 and Ella Tomlinson, 15 have been selected for Team GB’s women’s under 19s squad.   Both Tiegan and Ella joined the Rochdale Underwater Hockey Club at ages 10 and 9 respectively and have played for Rochdale’s junior teams, and also the Manchester C team and Lancashire Ladies in recent years. Isaac Rhodes-Dawson, 17 has also been selected for the men’s under 19s squad.  … Continue reading Rochdale Underwater Hockey players selected for GB Team

Do you know the water safety code?

On average 40 to 50 children drown per year in the UK, around 85% of accidental drownings occur at open water sites. Many of these accidents occur due to lack of knowledge and understanding of open water safety, basic open water knowledge and understanding of the hazards can significantly reduce the number of incidents that occur each year. During the school holidays when the hot … Continue reading Do you know the water safety code?

What it takes to be a lifeguard

Anyone who has been to our centre will have seen our lifeguards during their visit, but do you know what it takes to be a lifeguard?  All our lifeguards hold the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification as a minimum.  Before anyone can undertake this qualification, every candidate must be able to; Jump / dive into deep water Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds Swim … Continue reading What it takes to be a lifeguard

Aquabears swimmers selected to represent the North West

Aquabears swimmers Lucy Cannavan and Amarai Hoque have been selected to swim for next year’s English Schools Inter-Divisional Championships held at Crawley Pool in March. Aquabears Swimming Club was formed in 1979 in response to the need for high level competitive club and as a local centre of excellence in Rochdale.  The club has had many successful years with a number of their swimmers achieving … Continue reading Aquabears swimmers selected to represent the North West

Rochdale Underwater Hockey’s Jack Midgley trains for Team GB trials.

We spoke with Rochdale Underwater Hockey player Jack Midgley about his trials for Team GB.  The British Navy invented underwater hockey in the 1950’s to keep their divers fit and improve their ability to move and work efficiently under water.   It has since evolved into a fast, dynamic sport played in more than 20 countries. Jack, 18, has been playing underwater hockey for 7 years and … Continue reading Rochdale Underwater Hockey’s Jack Midgley trains for Team GB trials.