I’m coming for the first time, what do I need to know?
Anyone attending for the first time must bring photo ID and proof of address. For example, passport and a utility bill or a driving licence. Your photo ID needs to show your date of birth and entrance is only available to those over 18.
All those attending for the first time are required to have a short induction and a tour. On arriving for your first visit please make sure that you are present by 6 pm. The tour takes place at 6.15 pm.
Will there be other women there?
Yes, many women attend the swim either on their own or with others. Please use the contact form if you would like to make contact with a female swimming buddy who could meet you.
Can I come on my own or do I need to be one half of a couple?
Some people come on their own, some come as couples and some come as a group of friends. You are welcome regardless of whether you want to come alone or with others.
Do I need to be naked?
Yes – nudity is expected in the pool and in the yoga class. Towels may be worn in other areas. Towels must be worn in the shoeroom/cloakroom and when going from downstairs to the upstairs part of the premises. Gym clothing must be worn in the gym. Always sit or lie on a towel or sheet.
What are the rules or expectations of those who come?
All those who attend are expected to be respectful towards others. Any conduct which makes people feel uncomfortable or which could be viewed as likely to make others feel uncomfortable will result in a member of the door team or a member of staff speaking to the participant and either issuing a warning or banning them from future swims.
What isn’t allowed?
The following examples are not deemed to be acceptable behaviour:
Offering or performing massages (including for someone you know well).
Following someone around or trying to engage with them.
Being overly affectionate or intimate.
Deliberately watching someone
Commenting on someone’s appearance.
Sexually explicit comments or any comment or behaviour of a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or other discriminatory nature
How is The Sunday Swim organised?
The Sunday Swim is organised by a small group of people in order to facilitate the event for many others who come – some coming every week and others only occasionally. On a typical week it might be expected that there would be 50 – 70 swimmers.
In order to make it easier for the organisers, volunteers are needed to staff the door. If you can help with this once a month, once every 2 months or perhaps more frequently, please speak to any member of the door team on a Sunday.