The Water Polo team of Out To Swim
Free Taster Session
We have 60 places available for a free taster session prior to the lessons starting.
5 Week Course
The 5-Week course costs £50 (non-refundable)
Porchester Centre, Queensway, Bayswater W2 5HS
About London Orca
London Orca is the water polo team of Out To Swim. London Orca compete year-round in both London and International leagues and tournaments and our squad includes a Men's Team and a Women's Team .
Whether you swim with us in Out To Swim and want to give Water Polo a try, or whether you are coming to us for the first time , we're really pleased to welcome new players, male and female, whether you have played before or not. To help introduce you to what can seem like a bewildering game, we offer your first three water polo sessions free (after completing Beginnners). After that you need to sign up with the club.
Out To Swim
Out To Swim is a swimming, water polo and synchro club for gay men, lesbians, bisexuals, trans people and their friends. Straight men and women are also very welcome.
London swimmers train seven days a week with hour long coached sessions at six venues including pools in the West End, Victoria and London Bridge. Out To Swim South trains three nights a week at pools in and around Brighton. On Thursday evening (at Oasis, 8pm) there is a women-only swimming session. Water polo training in London takes place on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday evenings. Synchro training is on Saturdays. www.outtoswim.co.uk
How big is London Orca?
We have an active squad of 80. Of course some are more active than others. We train three times a week and attendance ranges from 20 to 30 at each session. At the heart of the squad is our “A Team”, who are the players that compete in our London league matches. They run the training sessions and provide the coaching and development support for anyone new to the game. At every training session we have players with a range of skills and experience, from first timers learning the ropes to experienced players that have been playing since school.
What are the benefits?
Water polo players come in all shapes and sizes, but it will definitely help you improve your fitness. Players can swim from 500 to 1500 metres in a match - but it's all short sprints with quick recovery, so it's like intensive interval training which can help with weight-loss. It's the social side of things that has been the biggest surprise. It's not compulsory, but after training there's always a group of people heading out for something to eat or drink, and trips away to competitions are always great fun. There's been the odd romance within the team, but generally we're all too exhausted to contemplate anything more than a quick shower and a pizza.
We Teach Water Polo
Fancy trying one of the world's toughest sports, in a fun and friendly environment?
London Orca have put together a 6-week beginners course to teach you everything you need to know.
Friday, 28th March
The 5-Week Course. Starts 2016
Friday. 19:15 - 21:00
Dribbling the Ball
Friday. 19:30 - 21:00
Friday. 19:30 - 21:00
Shooting the Ball
Friday. 19:30 - 21:00
Friday. 19:15 - 21:00
Over 5 sessions you'll be taught by a selection of the best players from our elite squad. You'll get to know the sport, the skills and techniques involved and you'll get a glimpse into the wonderful world of LGBT Water Polo.
Right from the start, you'll be in the water practicing the sport. The initial lessons will focus on developing your swimming skills before quickly moving onto the handling and passing of the Ball.
We have 3 International tournaments in 2014 and we compete in a number of national leagues. We know competing can be scary but there is not a better club with which to build your confidence and take part in these sporting adventures.
Friday. 20:00 - 22:00
Free Beginner's Taster Session
The next course starts in 2016.
Register your interest here
"Someday Walt Disney will make a film about the little gay water polo team that triumphed in the end"
Champagne Water Polo
In 2013, London Orca started the year by captaining a team of 'European All Stars' who flew out to battle the tough North American competition in Toronto. Other notable 2013 tournaments were in Paris, Manchester, the Eurogames in Antwerp and Amsterdam.
The Lay of the Land
The largest squad in the league, they are young and enthusiastic and have the most annoying team cheer. Key figures are Ming (a Chinese-Australian who is known for his daring fashion choices); Greg (a soulful singer and perennial winner of the club's annual drag contest).
Harry Potter: Hufflepuff.
Copenhagen are the cut throat villains of the Champagne League. Although better known for an almost Germanic ruthlessness, they’ve become softer due to romantic ties between their Captain Theis and a brave London Orca. The best looking team of the league.
Harry Potter: Slytherin.
Paris / Frog Princess
Gay Swim Amsterdam
They never do very well in the competitions, but they are the life and soul of the party. Their training sessions generally involve cigarettes and choreography. At their core are the fab-five of Matteo, Maxence, Damien, Laurent, and Reynald who carry the club to greatness based on sheer enthusiasm and French attitude.
The tallest players in the league, the Dutch are both the friendliest and the most consistent team. Often clutching the top spot at tournaments, they can be beaten but they are the European favorites for 2014.
Harry Potter: Griffindwr.
Unfairly branded as the least-interesting team in the competition, they take water polo very seriously. When they travel to a competition they impose strict curfews on their players and aren't allowed to drink until they've won the gold medal (which they invariably do). Key player is Julian - originally from Tasmania he is now bringing an international perspective to Melbourne.
There are close to 10 tournaments happening in 2016 with Champagne League teams making an appearance.
London Orca will be training to compete in the following tournaments.
13th - 15th May
5th - 7th August
End of October, tbc
Antwerp & Brussels Mannekenfish
Not content with one team, Belgium has 2 LGBT Water Polo teams. Antwerp are the soft and fluffy ones led by 'Gert', the most eligible bachelor of our league. Brussels Mannekenfish have rapidly emerged as the team to beat... very strong in the water and full of great bums.
The International LGBT Champagne Water Polo League is the most exhuberent, fabulous and diverse Water Polo League.
Over 18 LGBT teams compete in the world of Champagne Water Polo. Well over 300 men and women from 8 different countries meet all around the world to battle both in and out the water.
London Orca is the water polo squad of Out To Swim Swimming Club; as such, London Orca and this London Orca micro-site are governed by the club policies and constitution set out at www.outtoswim.org. © 2014 London Orca. The water polo club of Out To Swim. All rights reserved. Photography by Tristan Galindo