Member's FAQs

Coronovirus (Covid 19) update - Tooting Bec Lido is now open, with restrictions - see announcement from Places Leisure.

You do not need SLSC membership to swim. Both members and non-members must register with Places Leisure to book a swim.

Will the Lido be open as usual?

Now that our beloved Lido has re-opened, government guidelines dictate that things will be very different for the foreseeable future. Here are some of the changes:

• there is a a book to swim system to comply with Track and Trace.
• there will be lane swimming widths only, you will not be able to swim lengths.
• one way systems will be in place to help with social distancing.
• swimmers must arrive “beach ready” in their swimming costumes.
• events such as the Sunday Races may not resume for some time after opening.
• socialising will have to take place outside the Lido enclosure.

How do I book a swim online

SLSC members will have to register with Places Leisure to book to swim at Tooting Bec Lido. Register now. Once you have registered and your account has been updated (this could take a few days as it has to be done manaully one by one) you will be able to book your swims for free. Booking is now open and you can book up to one week ahead. Places are limited so please be considerate to fellow members and book at less busy times.

Places Leisure won’t recognise my email address / I get an error message

The most common mistake is not reading the instructions carefully. Most people do not have an existing account Places Leisure account. They need to start on page two of the instructions “New to us?”.

I am an SLSC member. Why am I being charged £7.90 to book a swim?

Either you have not renewed your SLSC membership. Or you have not updated your profile on your SLSC membership to tell us you are registered. It takes a few days to update as it is done manually. If you are still being asked to pay after a few days please email [email protected]

Can I bring my children?

Children must be able to swim lengths in lanes. They must also book swims. You will need to register them individually with Places Leisure. Once registered please update the Child’s Profile in your SLSC account to say they have an account with Places Leisure and enter the email address related to that account.

There are family sessions on Sundays at midday during September, but these must be booked at the Lido reception (not available online).

Who sets the new rules?

Swim England (the National Governing body of swimming) have consulted 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

With the lido now open members are invited to renew membership to benefit from access to the lido for the period to 31 March 2021. Fees have remained at the same level as we have had to underwrite additional costs to ensure the lido opens. We also have some sizeable infrastructure projects underway. We have discretionary support available for any members with financial difficulties as a result of Covid 19.

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

You do not need your card to book and swim. We are currently working to update all paid up SLSC members with Places Leisure membership. Membership cards will be processed in September once this is done.

Does the SLSC offer monthly membership?

The SLSC only offers annual membership from April or winter membership for the winter season only - available from October. 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.

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 will not open this year due to COVID-19.

Can I take out Swim England membership with SLSC?

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