Membership

The sections below describe our membership types, associated benefits and the prices are shown in Membership Fees.

We are not currently recruiting

  • Adult Cold Water Swimmers
  • Adult All Season Swimmers (see lottery below for more details)
  • Junior SCUBA Divers
  • Junior Snorkel Divers

To apply for adult membership please register on our membership portal

Applications for Junior membership must be made by the parents or guardians of the child who must register as a non-member adult, and once registered on the membership portal can register their children for membership.


Diving

SCUBA Divers must be a member of BSAC and SASAC and pay both the SASAC and BSAC membership fee.

  • access to free compressed air fills
  • access to mixed gasses and when suitably qualified
  • use of the club’s dive boat
  • Year round access to Cottonmill swimming pool and use of our Westminster Lodge sessions

Adult Diver membership for one adult.

Senior Diver membership for one adult over state retirement age.

Student Diver membership for one adult in full time education and under 25.

Junior Diver membership for one child over the age of 14.

BSAC membership with St Albans branch of BSAC


Snorkelling

Snorkel divers must be a member of BSAC and SASAC and pay both the SASAC and BSAC membership fee.

  • use of the club’s dive boat
  • Year round access to Cottonmill swimming pool and use of our Westminster Lodge sessions

Adult Snorkeler membership for one adult.

Senior Snorkeler membership for one adult over state retirement age.

Student Snorkeler membership for one adult in full time education and under 25.

Junior Snorkeler membership for one child over the age of 8.

BSAC membership with St Albans branch of BSAC


Underwater Hockey

Underwater Hockey players must be a member of BOA and SASAC and pay both the SASAC and BOA membership fee

Adult Underwater Hockey membership for one adult.

Senior Underwater Hockey membership for one adult over state retirement age.

Student Underwater Hockey membership for one adult in full time education and under 25.

Junior Underwater Hockey membership for one child over the age of 8.

University Under Water Hockey membership for one adult in full time education and under 25 and residing term time away from the local area. The use of the SASAC facilities is restricted to non term times only.

If you have any questions about snorkelling / or underwater hockey please contact our snorkel rep. 

BOA membership with the St Albans Saints branch of BOA


Swimmer Memberships

We offer two types of swimmer memberships for adults who must be competent swimmers and medically fit to swim in cold water. We do not have junior swimmer memberships but adult members can register their dependent children as Junior Pool Guests who can accompany them to the pool in compliance with our rules.

Cold Water Season Swimmer membership is for one adult.

Cold Water Swimmer members are not allowed to swim in the pool between 1st June and 31st August but can participate in all our social activites and training events as well as club swimming events hosted in open water.

All Season Swimmer membership is for one adult. Unlike the Cold Water membership these members are entitled to use the swimming pool throughout the year.

The current quota for All-Season memberships is at capacity and new membership are offered using the lottery system described below

Junior Pool Guest

We have no swimming memberships for children. Adult members who have Swimming, Underwater Hockey, Snorkelling or Diver membership may register their dependent children as pool guests who can then accompany them to the the pool. There are no adult pool guests.

Pool guests status is automatically cancelled on the child’s 18th birthday when they are also entitled to join as an All Season Swimmer membership without using the lottery quota restriction. Their application to join must be completed within 4 weeks of the their birthday.

Social Membership

We offer social membership of the club to adults who want to be part of the club but do not want to be a Diver, Snorkeler, Underwater Hockey Player or Swimmer, and only wish to take part in the club’s social activities and events.

Social members can access the clubhouse but are not permitted poolside unless the poolside area is hosting a social event

All Season Swimmer Lottery

Our pool operates without lifeguards and consequently we have a reduced bather density compared to normal leisure pools. There is a very high demand to use the pool during the summer, especially during good weather, and we manage the demand and control the numbers by restricting access and maintaining a fixed quota on the number of All Season Swimmer memberships.

The fixed quota means membership places for All Season Swimmers memberships only become available when existing members resign or do not renew.

These limited places are offered using a lottery system rather than a waiting list. The lottery takes place at each May when we know how many places can be offered following the annual renewals.

These places are offered to candidates in a multi-staged lottery draw.

Stage-1: Offered to current Cold Water Swimmer members who have completed two full contiguous season and renewed their membership for at least three times in a row.

Stage-2: Any remaining places after stage-1 are offered to the general public who registered their interest in the previous year and the remaining Cold Water Season members, who are automatically included in the lottery and should not apply as a non-member.

If you want to apply for the All-Season membership lottery, please email your full name to swimmingrep@sasac.co.uk with the subject: Application for All Season Swimming Membership and provide your full name and contact email address of the applicant.

The lottery is drawn at the beginning of May and due to the limited spaces the person must accept the offer quickly and before it expires,

At each stage the lottery creates a randomised batch of candidates who are emailed with a time limited subscription offer. Those who do not respond before the offer expires will have their place reallocated to the next ramdomised batch of candates until all the available places are exhausted.

The lottery is not a waiting list. If you want to be part of the following years draw you need to reapply as we purge the application data following the lottery draw.

We do not contact unsuccessful candidates or respond to further enquiries or enter into any correspondance regarding lottery applications due to the volume of enquiries made.


SASAC pool

1st April 2023 – 31st March 2024 All membership terms expire on 31st March, the day before the common renewal date of 1st April. The minimum term of membership is 3 months so the membership term for people joining between January and March will be 15 to 13 months and their fee is adjusted on […]