Welcome! Willkommen! Bienvenue ! Benvenuti ! Bainvegni! Isten hozott! ¡Bienvenido! Witam! いらっしゃいませ ! Ласкаво просимо! !ברוך הבא Tervetuloa !

Thank you for your interest in our LGBT+ Swimming Club - the Zürich Sea Lions which belongs to the LGBT+ Sports Association *Rainbow Sport Zurich*. I am Bastien (pronoun: he) and I have been running the club since March 2016. Together with my deputy, Nerico (pronoun: he), we look after more than 80 Sea Lions.

Trans and intersex people who would like to go to the indoor pool in a safe environment and do not necessarily take part in swimming training, we recommend TINA+ swimming on Tuesdays from 8pm to 9pm (except school vacations) at the Altweg school swimming pool, Letzigraben 200, Zurich. You can find more information at TGNS.

About the Zürich Sea Lions Club

We are a very international swimming Club with people of all genders, sexual orientations (even a few heterosexuals), ages, origins, etc.

The official language of the Club is, of course, German (Swiss German). Therefore, the training will mainly be conducted in high German with a bit of English here and there. As we are so international, and not everyone is able to speak/understand German, we adapt and help each to understand the drills throughout the training.

Finally, we are an active Club that participates in various international LGBT+ swimming competitions throughout the year (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Lisbon, Frankfurt, to name a few). These competitions are fun and meant for all swimming levels.

So you want to swim with us ? Dive in !

Our training

Admission criteria:

We do not accept complete beginners.

Newcomers must have some swimming experience and must be able to swim at least (!) 100m crawl as well as 100m backstroke and 100m breaststroke in one go.

Newcomers can benefit from a 3-week free trial training without any obligation.


  • Friday, the 01.03.2024
  • Friday, the 05.04.2024
  • Friday, the 03.05.2024
  • Friday, the 07.06.2024
  • Friday, the 05.07.2024
  • Friday, the 02.08.2024
  • Friday, the 06.09.2024
  • Friday, the 04.10.2024
  • Friday, the 01.11.2024
  • Friday, the 06.12.2024

Which session would suit you best?

As soon as we have agreed on the day of your 1st visit, I will inform the Sea Lions a week before you come. Thus, make sure to confirm your attendance a week before your first visit.

Also, please provide me with the following information about yourself per Whatsapp (+41 79 786 03 05) or email at bastien_v@hotmail.com

  • One clear recent face pic of yourself (without sunglasses and/or cap) so we can easily spot you on your first day
  • Country you are from
  • Occupation
  • Mother tongue
  • Other languages you speak/understand
  • Do you speak/understand German/Swiss German?
  • Age
  • Pronoun you identify with
  • Swimming level (average, intermediate or advanced?)
  • Swimming experience

Important: Before your 1st visit, please read the rules of the pool as well as our swimming program abbreviations, the PDF of which are attached below.

Our trainings

We have 3 swimming sessions per week (Monday, Wednesday & Friday) during which we practice the 4 swimming styles (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke & crawl) and swim varied series. You decide which training you participate in (once or twice a week).

Note that due to a lack of space (only two lanes), newcomers can currently not attend the Monday training. Once you have become an official member, the attendance will however be possible during school vacation only. I will inform you accordingly on our official Whatsapp group and email.

Our swimmers have different levels (Average, Intermediary and Advanced). Therefore, our coaches Senata and Rahel/Sergio prepare two or three different programs (Average, Intermediary and Advanced).

In principle, there is no training on public holidays.


(Currently not available)


WHERE  – Indoor pool Oerlikon (50 meters)

TIME  – 20 :00 till 21 :00

TRAINER(S)  – Rahel (Sometimes: Sergio)

LEVEL  – Intermediary and Advanced


– We have up to 2 lanes (minimum of 8 swimmers per lane)

– Swim gear required = fins (Paddles, pull buoy, snorkel are only optional)

Regular admission fee as the training takes place during regular opening hours (single admission : CHF 8.-, annual pass: CHF 240.-, valid in all indoor and outdoor pools of the city of Zurich. Your health insurance may reimburse you a part of the annual pass).

– We swim during the public swimming hours. This means that we have no locker room or showers for us. There are locker rooms for “women”, for “men” and for families, each with a few individual lockers. Showers are for “women” and for “men”, each with a couple of single showers with curtains.

– A coin of CHF 5.- is required for the locker.


WHERE   – Indoor swimming pool Bläsi (25 meters)

WHEN   – 20 :00 till 21 :15

TRAINER  – Senata

LEVEL   – Short, medium, long


– We have the whole pool (5 lanes) to ourselves.

– Free entrance.

– Swim gear required = fins (Paddles, pull buoy, snorkel are only optional)

– We have two dressing rooms and showers (one for “women” and one for “men”), which we sometimes share with athletes from another club. In the (large) dressing rooms there are single cabins with curtains. The showers are large-area showers, although in the “women’s” shower individual showers can be separated with a curtain. In addition, there is a shower in the swimming hall at the edge of the pool.

– A coin of CHF 2.00 is required for the changing room.

Do you have any further questions ?

You can always contact me on my cell phone at 079 786 03 05 (e.g. WhatsApp) or by email at bastien@rainbowsport.ch if you need more information.

Are you trans/non-binary or intergender and have specific questions ? If so, Alecs (alecs@rainbowsport.ch, no pronoun preference) will be happy to help you feel as comfortable as possible and have fun swimming along with us.

We are very much looking forward to swimming with you soon, and hope you will enjoy being a part of our Sea Lions family.

Bastien & The Sea Lions’ family

01.01.2023 - 31.12.2023


Swimmingpool Bläsi without trainer


Swimmingpool Örlikon with Rahel (Sergio)


Swimmingpool Bläsi with Senata

Rainbow Sport Zürich Schwimmen

Hallenbad Bläsi, Limmattalstrasse, Zürich, Schweiz

Rainbow Sport Zürich Schwimmen

Hallenbad Oerlikon, Zürich, Schweiz

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