News and Announcements

Orion Big Night In

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at May 7, 2020 6:44AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Just a reminder – plans are going well for our Orion Big Night In – Play list being created, family quiz finalised, chat box available to talk to your friends, Remember if you want to join us then please email so I can add you to the invitation list.

Any questions, or anyone wanting to bring something else to the fun then please email me



Orion Big Night In - Plus Other News

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at May 3, 2020 1:29PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Orion Big Night In

Next Saturday, 9th May at 7pm till whenever, will be the first ever Orion Big Night In

Whether we are celebrating another week of lockdown or championing some element of easing of isolation, Orion will be hosting its own Big Night In

There will be music, chat, at least one quiz, videos from members, and if interested and brave enough some live performances, or stand up from any Orion members brave enough to ride the big screen of a Zoom Party

If you just want to come to the party by staying at home, or you would like to contribute to the contents of the party in some way then please get in touch with

We are trying to create a bit of fun – have your party supplies ready and let’s make an evening of it

Any specific requests for music need to be made by Wednesday 11pm

Other News

The Zoom Land Work sessions continue to increase in popularity, and we now have 50+ swimmers signed up to take part – Join up and join in with your friends – let me know to add you to the Zoom Invite list by email

'Orion Community' Involvement

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at Apr 30, 2020 3:47AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

WOW It is great to see so many swimmers from across all of the squads joining us for the Zoom Land Work – Anyone concerned that it will be too easy for you, don’t worry, as needed we are differentiating the sets – However where they are cardio based it is all about the effort that you put in.

That brings me to today’s (30th April) session – This will be our third Swimulation session, and is Front Crawl Sprint focussed

Also remember that we are doing our Marathon inspired 26 exercise based programme this coming Saturday (2nd May) morning at 11am

If you want to be included in the Zoom invite list please send me an email to

I am also still hoping to do some kind of social next Saturday evening with music, chat, and possibly a swimming based quiz – anyone willing to perform, send me some tune choices, or create some quiz questions then please let me know at the above email

Just a reminder that anyone can join the Member’s Portal for all the additional home training info, swimming technique and training technical stuff, fun stuff, video hilarity and so on

You do not have to pay to join the web site – however Orion are trying to ensure that they can pay us coaches something for the work we are continuing to do during lockdown, as we cannot be furloughed, therefore for this who are in a position to do so, donations to the coach fund can be made to Orion via the following details.

Also please let me or carl know if you would like a 1;1 These can now be organised with myself through Zoom or with Carl through Skype so please just email us

Cheers Robin

Here is a quote from Loz

_Please remember to donate as R& C are obviously not getting any pay during this time so all money sent via BACs , ref Personal training or PT will fund their work only. _

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(We are aware that some of you cannot pay so please do not be embarassed to let me know as I know Carl and Robin don’t want anyone to miss out

Orion London Marathon Land Work Challenge

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at Apr 28, 2020 2:01AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

The Land-Work sessions continue to increase in their popularity and Monday 27th April saw I highest total so far – It is so great to see al the swimmers, from across the squads, working together and being inspired by each other’s efforts.

We now have 4 sessions per week, Mon TUes and THurs at 6:30pm and Saturday at 11am

However this Saturday, in recognition of the cancelled London Marathon, we will be running a session which has 26 elements in it to represent each of the miles in the Marathon – Don’t Panic!!! There will be repetitions in the exercises and we will talk through anything that people aren’t sure of.

This will be a challenging session in recognition of the effort that a marathon would normally entail

Many participants in the London Marathon will be raising funds for a charity or club – I realise that this is short notice but if anyone wishes to use this Challenge as a sponsored fund raising opportunity then please do so, and if required we can verify your participation after you have completed the event.

Swimming Skills & Knowledge. There is now a new element in the coaching tips section entitles ‘Principles of Training’. This is equally valid to understanding how you need to train both when you are in the pool and perhaps even more so at the moment in maintaining your fitness.

Have a read – We are always open to comments and all that is being posted and hosted on the web site – so if you haven’t joined yet then please do so and let us have your thoughts too. Remember we are only asking the those to pay who feel that they can – taking part is much more important

More Zoom Land Work Sessions

Posted by Robin Surgeoner at Apr 25, 2020 4:41AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Today saw yet another increase in numbers for the Zoom Land Work Sessions today we were up to 25 so welcome to those who have not been before

We have now decided on a regular programme so that everyone can plan to take part wherever possible

The sessions will be Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 6:30pm and Saturday at 11am

Please tell your swimming friends to join in too – it is much more fun all doing it together, watching each other, and the opportunity for a quick chat, and of course to ask Josh and I any questions about your training at the moment

Keep fit and well


Robin & Josh