Serpentine Swimming Club

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  • 15 Nov 2020

    In 1963 South London Swimming Club contacted all the open water swimming clubs in London to ask if they would like to take part in a gala. Only the Serpentine Swimming Club responded and a tradition was born.  For many years now the middle Sunday of November has seen members of the two clubs meet at the SLSC's spiritual home, Tooting Bec Lido, to compete for the Doug Smith cup.  Doug was a popular member of both clubs.   Doug was very much involved in charity work, not just within swimming but also with youth clubs in south London.  Aside from the cup for the SLSC v SSC gala, both clubs have a Doug Smith race in his memory on their fixture cards.  The Serpentine's race is sponsored by Eric Carter over 440 yards in the spring.

    November would also normally see the commencement of the Winter Series for the Fettes cup.  Heats are held every Saturday up to Christmas

  • 10 Nov 2020

    If anyone wishes to blow away the cobwebs with a trot very early on Sunday mornings during the current lockdown please note that South London Swimming Club are organising a (very socially distanced) run from Tooting Bec to the Serpentine and back.  This is in memory of our past President Cyril Wood who was a member of both clubs.  Please contact them direct via this link:

    Many thanks to Robert Hood for drawing this to our attention.

  • 05 Nov 2020

    It is with saddness that swimming must stop during the second National Lockdown.

  • 31 Oct 2020

    Saturday 31 October would have seen us racing over 100 yards for the Louis Schendler bowl, presented since 2001 by his daughter, Bunny.  The trophy is swum in memory of Louis, a member from the 1960s through to the new Millenium.  The event is normally the last 100-yard race prior to the Peter Pan cup and a chance for some of the more naive racers to "show some slack" and attempt to pull the wool over the handicapper's eyes.  Never a good move in the presence of eagle-eyed, scientific-minded Dani Lobo.