Prospective members are strongly advised to visit in person to see the set-up and understand the Spartan nature of the facilities before committing. Please note, the subscription year runs 1 January – 31 December. Irrespective of when during the year you join renewal will fall due 1 January.

Membership can be applied-for online: follow this link. If you do not wish to join online you can pick up an application form when you visit the club (Saturday morning is the best time). Payment of £20 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. Please note that you do not require a membership card in order to swim but the café will give you a discount upon its presentation. To get one, email to 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. Cards will be available for collection from a box in the changing room, they will not be posted. 

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.