How To Join
We're a friendly club encompassing a range of abilities. We welcome new members and can offer a great way to get into open water swimming in a safe, fun environment.
Club members have a wide range of experience ranging from long distance endurance swims to ice swimming and will always be happy to offer advice.
We can only cater for adult swimmers, so ages 16+. We just ask that swimmers have the ability to swim continuously for at least 20 minutes and have an awareness of basic safety. There's no need to be fast - it's far more important to be safe and comfortable in the water. Some of our swimmers wear wetsuits but many do not. The choice is yours and we are always happy to offer advice.
Before joining we ask new members to attend a Taster Session so we can assess their ability and run through some basic safety techniques. So if you'd like to join, please contact Mark Vides, our membership secretary, to book a taster session. Dates for taster sessions can be found on our calendar. We make a small charge of £3 which goes towards the hire of changing rooms, insurance and of course post swim hot drinks and biscuits.
Fast Track Joining
If you feel that you're a competent swimmer you can join without doing a formal Taster Session. We just ask you full in the relevant membership forms before you swim. Please contact our membership secretary who'll be happy to email them to you. If you don't want to commit to joining straight away you can also swim as a guest and we just make a small charge of £3.
Our annual membership fee in 2017 was £35. This included hire of changing facilities which includes a hot shower, post swim hot drinks and biscuits, insurance and safety cover provided by lifeguards in kayaks. (The fee is only £22 if you are already a member of another ASA affiliated club.) The 2018 fee will be confirmed shortly.
If you're just visiting Dorset and would like to swim with us that's great! If you're a competent swimmer please email to to introduce yourself first. We may ask you to sign a form and we charge £3 to cover costs of our facilities and refreshments.
Frequently Asked Questions
Get In Touch
Contact our membership secretary if you'd like to book a taster session or want more information on joining the club.