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. 2017 sessions are running on 16th May, 23rd May, 6th June, 20th June, 11th July, 8th August and 12th September. 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 is £35. This covers 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.)
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
Want to know more?
To book a taster session or ask a question about joining us, please get in touch with Mark Vides, our membership secretary. He'll be happy to help