Moseley Shoals Swim Group & Birmingham Bluefins

What: Regular swimming sessions at the magnificent Moseley Road Pool, Birmingham’s oldest working pool and a Grade II listed building, and (as of autumn 2017) at the new pool in Sparkhill. For any session just turn up with swim kit and towel. Your first session is FREE, sessions after that are £4.50 each.

We are a friendly and social group with plenty of nights out on dry land too!

When: Sundays 12.30pm – our regular EXCLUSIVE Sunday session followed by brunch afterwards in Moseley! Please note the Sunday session does not meet before a bank holiday.

Where: Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX.

When:  Mondays – 8:30pm – Please note the Monday session does not meet on a bank holiday.

Where: Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre, Stratford Road, Birmingham B11 4LX

When: Wednesdays – 8pm – This session is in the men’s public session. Again, please join us for drinks in Moseley afterwards.

Where: Moseley Road Pool, Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX.

Further details and session updates can be found at www.moseleyshoals.org.uk @moseley_shoals

Take a look at the profiles below to see how some of the group got involved, and what they love about swimming.


Michael, 36

How did you start swimming, Michael?
I started as a toddler with my parents

How did you come to swim with the Shoals?
A friend started coming and encouraged me.

Were you doing any other sports or fitness activities?
No, I wasn’t.

What do you love about it? 
The social side and camaraderie.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming along? 
If you are not too fit – don’t worry, there’s no pressure, swim as much as you like – and it’s got an excellent social side.


John, 35

How did you start swimming, John?
At school, I always liked it.

How did you come to swim with the Shoals?
Through another gay social club, where Shoals was mentioned.

Were you doing any other sports or fitness activities?
Yes – Aikido.

What do you love about it? 
The social aspect and the encouragement to swim more, as well as the opportunity to play water polo.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming along? 
Don’t worry if you can’t swim a lot – you’ll soon be swimming more.


Jim, 42

How did you start swimming, Jim?
My mom took me as a baby.

How did you come to swim with the Shoals?
I was introduced by a friend.

Were you doing any other sports or fitness activities?
No.

What do you love about it? 
I love the social environment.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming along? 
It’s very friendly, not intimidating, very relaxed really.


Derren, 50

How did you start swimming, Derren?
At school but I hated it then!

How did you come to swim with the Shoals?
I moved to Brum and joined lots of clubs – I liked this one.

Were you doing any other sports or fitness activities?
I was going to the gym.

What do you love about it? 
The community feel. My lovely friends here.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming along? 
It’s a fantastic way to make friends.


Iain Waddell, 74

How did you start swimming, Iain?
As a child in Glasgow.

How did you come to swim with the Shoals?
I knew of it for a while before I got round to joining.

Were you doing any other sports or fitness activities?
I go to the gym three times a week.

What do you love about it? 
The social aspect in particular.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about coming along? 
I’d encourage them to come definitely.


If you’re new to swimming, start by taking a look at BBC’s Get Inspired: How to get into swimming and find lessons at a convenient pool: pools all over the midlands offer adult swimming lessons both in groups or individually.