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Following changes to government guidelines for Coronavirus/ Covid-19, the Serpentine Swimming Club is open to members with some restrictions and guidelines.

Please read the Serpentine Swimming Club Covid 19 Guidelines before signing up as these are different to some of the rules listed below.

Annual membership runs from 1 January to 31 December.

Permitted club swimming hours: 05:00 to 09:30.

Your email receipt will act as proof of your application. Bring a copy of your membership confirmation email (hard copy or screenshot) when you first visit. The club will not issue any further confirmation as a matter of course.

Terms and Conditions

Members must comply with Royal Parks rules, regulations and other requirements as may be in force. These can be viewed on Parks Notice Boards and the Royal Parks Website.

Please read this section carefully before accepting these conditions as part of your membership of the Club, as this indicates that you are waiving certain legal rights. By submitting your application you may be deemed to agree to the following statements:

HEALTH WARRANTY I warrant to the Club that I am, and will be on each occasion, including any club races, sufficiently fit, healthy and able to swim. I understand that it is advisable to swim regularly in cold water in order to develop the necessary habituation during winter months. I shall consult a doctor about any medical condition before swimming.

WAIVER AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK I hereby affirm that I am well aware of the inherent risk involved with any open water swimming activity, including but not limited to serious injury, heart attack, infection, drowning or accident. I accept that I shall swim entirely at my own risk and that there are no lifeguards provided by the Club. I understand and agree that neither the Club nor the Royal Parks authority may be held liable or responsible in any way for any injury, death (save for that arising from negligence) or other loss to myself, my family or heirs that may occur as a result of my membership of the Club or swimming in the Serpentine lake. In consideration of being allowed to become a member of the Club, I hereby personally assume all risks (subject to the above-mentioned limitations) in connection with my membership.

DEFRA DISCLAIMER STATEMENT Tests over the years have shown that without chemical treatment bacterial contamination can occur in the Serpentine. We are advised that swimming in contaminated water such as untreated Serpentine may render the swimmer open to such diseases as Salmonellosis or Shigellosis (at worst typhoid but more generally stomach upsets); Amoebic dysentery; Poliomyelitis; Infective hepatitis; Sore throats, noses, ears etc. caused by streptococci pseudomonas or staphylococci. These are only some of the possibilities; there are others, including Weil’s disease and botulism. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs will not be responsible for any injury or infection caused by contamination of the water.

It has been agreed that any member of the swimming club may swim at the Lido between 05.00am and 09.30am at his/her own risk.

I have read and understood the contents of this application form. I accept the risk of injury or infection if I choose to swim in Serpentine. I understand the rules of the club, swim times and permitted areas. I confirm that I shall at all times swim entirely at my own risk. I wish to become a member of the Serpentine Swim Club.

I accept that the Constitution and Rules of the Club (as altered from time to time) shall govern my associate membership/membership of the Club.

NOTE: new members will receive associate status in accordance with the Club Constitution. The declarations in this application form shall apply in any future years in which I swim at the Club.

Please note that all information provided is subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act and will only be used for the purposes of dealing with you as a member.


Only shallow racing dives allowed from the jetty. No running dives. No backward dives. No dives without hands in front of head.

No domestic pets in the water or in the changing room.

No swimming if there is any likelihood of lightning.

Absolutely no swimming under the ice.

Absolutely no walking on the ice

No swimming under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.

Glassware, or any other such breakable items, must not be brought into the swimming area.

Swim within the restricted areas (see map on this website and changing room wall).

Solo swimming is not permitted. At least one other club member must be present.

Children under the age of 16 must change in the WC, and not enter the main changing room at any time.

Swimmers under the age of 18 remain the responsibility of the adult member who signed their application form/guest book entry.

Supervision ratios:

  • Children aged 8 - 17 must be accompanied by an adult aged at least 18 on a three to one ratio.
  • Children aged 4 - 7 must be accompanied by an adult aged at least 18 on a two to one ratio.
  • Children aged under 4 must be accompanied by an adult aged at least 18 on a one to one ratio.

The lowest ratio is always enforced. For example one adult cannot accompany a 3-year-old and a 10-year-old at the same time, but could accompany a 4-year-old and a 10-year-old.

Children may be allowed to participate in club races at the discretion of the Handicapper subject to the continuing need for an appropriate level of supervision by the parent/guardian.

Members swim at their own risk (see declarations on Application form).

If used, wetsuits MUST be removed outside of the changing room (as there is no drainage in the changing room).

The water can get very cold (freezing) in the cooler months, be aware that swimming for too long leads to dangerous levels of hypothermia.

Swimmers must not swim if they have open wounds.

Please be aware of others when swimming so as to avoid collision with other swimmers, boats or wildlife.

Swimming is permitted between 05:00am and 9.30am every day of the year, subject to any Royal Park restrictions. Note, special restrictions will apply on Christmas Day.

Please turn off the lights and lock the door if you are the last person swimming.

Races are held every Saturday morning – please consult the fixture list for race details and logistical arrangements.

Wetsuits are not permitted in club races.

Race cups given to winners of a Club race remain the property of the Club and should be kept safe and in good condition before being returned to the Club Secretary within the year in good time for the next occasion of that race.

Club races may be filmed and photographs taken which capture your participation in the race. You agree to the Club’s publication of photographs and broadcasts of your image in the context of a race report on the Club’s website.

Payment and completion information

Once you submit your application, you will be asked to pay £20 for your annual membership.

Only once your completed membership form and payment has been recieved can your application be processed.

Charity Information

The Club supports Level Water a national registered charity (Registered Charity No.1151510) that provides bespoke one-to-one swimming lessons for children with physical and sensory disabilities, currently operating at three pools in London. It costs £5 to give a child one lesson.

Select from the option on the sign up form to have a donation added to your membership fee, if you wish.