These early morning coached sessions are held at Bluecoat School in Harborne, from 6-7 am.
Who is the session aimed at?
Anyone who can swim 100m freestyle – speed doesn’t matter. We can’t teach people to swim from scratch, but we work with a really broad range of abilities.
Is there a charge for the session?
Yes, bring £5 cash per session, or pay monthly in the BRAT shop.
What does the session usually involve?
10 minutes of warm up, 10-15 minutes of drills, 25-30 minutes of endurance swimming and then a 5 minute cool down.
What do I need to know if it’s my first time?
Aim to be ready at poolside around 5:50am your first time.
There are changing rooms, toilets, and showers, and a water fountain.
The school entrance is on Somerset Road, where it intersects with Metchley Lane, B17 0HR. The school gates are often shut in the early morning, so get in touch for the current code and parking arrangements.
Once through the gate, follow the road ahead and round to the right to the lit pool building. The entrance is on the right hand side as you face it. The changing rooms are straight on.
What do I need to bring?
To start with there’s no need for special equipment, but we do then have a list of swimming aids we encourage people to buy.
Bring your BRAT ICE tag if you’re already a member, to leave on the side of the pool. If you’re a prospective member trying the session out and don’t have a tag, it’s helpful if you bring emergency contact details in another format.
“The early morning swim sessions are perfect for training before work. They’re technically-focused sessions run by a dedicated coach striving to improve technique, efficiency and endurance. My swimming has gone from strength to strength.” Helen, ultra runner and swimmer.
Words from the coach
Tuesday swim coach Simon originally joined BRAT looking for people to cycle with, and then the coaching sessions got him back in the pool after a number of years. He then trained as a triathlon coach to help others. ‘It’s contagious!’ Simon claims.
What do you love about coaching the session, Simon?
“It’s a great session with people who are committed to their swimming and willing to work hard – best kind of coach feedback.
“Oh – and it stops me getting lazy and staying in bed much after 5am!”
What would you say to someone who is thinking about coming along for the first time?
“Once you get over the idea of getting up in the morning, it’s a really great way to start the day.”