Prospective new members should collect and complete an application form from the club (Saturday morning is the best time). The current subscription is £20 per season (1 January – 31 December). Payment should be by cheque or postal order (yes, they do still exist) payable to Serpentine Swimming Club.

The Royal Parks permit club members to use the club changing room and swim in the Lido area between 06:00 and 09:30 daily.  Races are held every Saturday morning, commencing 08:00 sharp. Wetsuits are not allowed in the races. Only club members that have competed in the Winter Series will be permitted to take part in the Christmas Day Race.

Once you are a member of the SSC, you are entitled to a personal membership card with your photo on it.  To get one, email Brian Thomas ( the SSC Secretary with a passport style photo as a jpeg, ensuring it is around 100kb in size.  Comical/inappropriate photos, or files that are too large cannot be used.

If you would like to be added to the SSC Chat Group email Nick Adams expressing your wish to be added.  The chat group is aimed at circulating general club information, swimming and social related issues.

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. Click here for details of the club Rules & Safety Information.

Please ensure you show courtesy and respect to others when using the swimming area and facilities and always hold safety as your top priority. Please click here for a guide to open water swimming etiquette.