Membership

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

We are not currently recruiting

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

We recruit Cold Water Swimmer from April to December but suspend recruitment in January until the following April. Applications for Adult divers, Adult Snorkellers, Adult and Junior Underwater Hockey players and Adult Social members are considered throughout the year.

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. The parents or guardians must first register as a non-member adult, and once registered, can make an application for their childs membership.


Diving

  • 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 *
  • Use of our Westminster Lodge sessions

Our Diver members must have a concurrent BSAC membership with St Albans branch of BSAC and pay their BSAC subscription directly to BSAC.

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.

* People cannot join as divers, snorkellers or UWH members just to secure access to Cottonmill pool to overcome the quota restriction on All Season Swimmer memberships. They must continue to participate in club diving, snorkelling or UWH activities to maintain access to Cottonmill Pool and those that do not will have their access to Cottonmill pool suspended and will not be renewed.


Snorkelling

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

Our Snorkelling members must have a concurrent BSAC membership with St Albans branch of BSAC and pay their BSAC subscription directly to BSAC.

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.

* People cannot join as divers, snorkellers or UWH members just to secure access to Cottonmill pool to overcome the quota restriction on All Season Swimmer memberships. They must continue to participate in club diving, snorkelling or UWH activities to maintain access to Cottonmill Pool and those that do not will have their access to Cottonmill pool suspended and will not be renewed.


Underwater Hockey

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

  • Year round access to Cottonmill swimming pool*
  • Use of our Westminster Lodge sessions

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.

Our Snorkelling members must have a concurrent BOA membership with the St Albans Saints branch of BOA and pay their BOA subscription throught the BOA branch.

* People cannot join as divers, snorkellers or UWH members just to secure access to Cottonmill pool to overcome the quota restriction on All Season Swimmer memberships. They must continue to participate in club diving, snorkelling or UWH activities to maintain access to Cottonmill Pool and those that do not will have their access to Cottonmill pool suspended and will not be renewed.


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. Those whose parents are already All Season Swimmer members are offered 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 club organised social event

Lottery

We run a lottery for All Season Swimmer membership each May. To take part in the lottery you need to sign-in and choose to sign-up to the next All Season Swimmer Lottery event and for people who have not yet registered, they can use this link to Register as a Lottery Candidate, and then sign-in and sign-up for the 2025 All Season Swimmer Lottery event.

Lottery Process Explained

There is a high demand for All Season Swimmer memberships but it has a fixed quota and places only become available when existing members resign or do not renew.

These limited places are offered to candidates in a multi-staged lottery draw that runs annually in May. Places are first offered to stage-1 candidates and then to stage-2 candidates.

Stage-1 candidates are members who have a current cold water swimmer subscription and a record of pool use and renewed their membership at least twice in a row.(joined–>renewed#1–>renewed#2).

Stage-2 candidates are any persons who have logged onto the membership portal and signed-up for the next lottery annual event. Any swim members who doesnt qualify for stage-1 is automatically included as a stage-2 candidate.

Candidates are randomly selected and if chosen receive a conditional offer to join as an All Season Swimmer member. As the lottery progresses more candidates are randomly selected and offered subscriptions until all candidate are given an offer or all the available places are used up. When all the places are gone any outstanding offers are withdrawn and the lottery ends.

Receiving an offer doesn’t guarantee an All Season Swimmer membership. More offers are made than there are available places and candidates are competing with each other to respond to the offer and complete their application before all the places are used up and the lottery closes.

This is a lottery and is not a waiting list. Candidates are required to sign-up to the annual event each year. If you do not sign-up to the event you are not in the draw.

We will email candidates who have signed-up to the event before the lottery starts and when it ends. We do not respond to further enquiries or enter into any correspondance regarding lottery applications due to the volume of enquiries made.