Membership FAQs

Covid 19 (Coronavirus) update - The Lido is closed until further notice

The club has temporarily suspended new membership applications. When this situation changes we will publicize it on the website, Facebook page and twitter.

Following the closure as a result of Covid 19, when will the Lido re-open?

There’s still no news on when we’ll be able to use the Lido again. Even though outdoor pools can now re-open, there are specific challenges involved in running the Lido safely. Wandsworth and Places Leisure know we’re desperate to get back in the water, but it looks as if we still have a long wait ahead of us. We’ll let you know as soon as there is any update.

Will the Lido be open as usual?

We are bound by the Government on when we’ll be able to get back to the sports we all love. One thing is clear – initially things aren’t going to be the same if and when the Lido does reopen. We will have to adhere to social distancing guidelines in changing rooms, the poolside and the water itself and be more mindful of our surroundings. It may mean there are fewer non-swimming individuals allowed dryside to help comply with these guidelines.

Who will set the new rules?

Swim England (the Natonal Governing body of swimming) have been consulting closely with Public Health England, Sport England, leisure operators, home country partners and a panel of representatives from clubs, swim schools, volunteers and other key stakeholders across the country to devise safe operating procedures.

How will the closure affect my SLSC membership

The committee will make a decision once we know when the Lido will re-open. In the meantime please do not renew your membership.

I have renewed my membership, why have I not received my membership card?

We cannot process membership applications while the Lido is closed as we do not have access to the SLSC office. Memberships will be processed once we have a date it will open.

Does the SLSC offer monthly membership?

The SLSC only offers annual membership from April or winter membership for the winter season only - available from September. For monthly summer membership please visit Places Leisure.

What is the water temperature?

The temperature of the water varies with the seasons. In summer it can reach 20°C. In winter it can fall as low as 1°C, sometimes ice forms! Daily temperatures are posted on social media with the hashtag #SLSClidotemp

When can I swim at Tooting Bec Lido?

As an SLSC member you can swim at the Lido whenever is is open, both to the public and during Club time. See opening times. When the Lido re-opens there may be a change to opening times currently published.

Can I wear a wetsuit?

Wetsuits are allowed, and will enable you to swim for longer. They are not compulsory at any time of year.

Is there a family discount?

SLSC does not offer a discount for family members. Children under 14 must join with a parent or carer who must also be a full SLSC member.

Can I swim at Tooting Bec Lido during the Winter season with a Places Leisure swim membership?

To swim at the Lido during Winter (1 October to 31 April) you MUST be a member of the SLSC.

Is the pool chlorinated?

Chlorine is added to the water to kill bacteria and other microbes and to prevent the spread of water-borne diseases.

When does the sauna open?

The sauna opens on 1 November and closes on 1 April. Members using the sauna are required to clean the sauna at least once during the winter season.

Can I take out Swim England membership with SLSC?

You can take out Swim England membership with our sister club SLOW

Can I swim while I wait for my membership card / Lido pass to arrive?

Once payment is received and your application processed we will issue an SLSC membership card, which is also your Lido pass to swim at Tooting Bec Lido as often as you like. Please use your receipt to access the Lido while you wait for your card to arrive (your receipt is not a guarantee of access, but is at the discretion of the receptionist/lifeguards)

As an SLSC member can I jump the queues in summer?

No. SLSC members have the same access to Tooting Bec Lido as all other users. When the queue is caused by delays on reception the lifeguards or security guards MAY, at their discretion, allow card holders (SLSC and others) through the gate. When the Lido is at capacity it operates a one in one out policy and ALL users must queue.