Our Women’s Friendship Swimming Club (WFSC) is a low cost activity which runs on Sunday mornings at Teddington Hydrotherapy Pool offering women a chance to socialise and make friends in a women only environment. Our club is open to all women, not just our EAL learners. New members are welcome and can find out more by reading the below FAQ or contacting Ruth or Alex.

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WFSC – Frequently Asked Questions

When is it?
Every Sunday apart from Christmas Day and New Year’s Day (and on the rare occasion we do not have lifeguard cover) with first swim time at 9.30am and last entry no later than 10.50am.

Where is it?
Teddington Hydrotherapy Pool which is heated to 34 to 36 degrees.

How do I get there?
Teddington Pool is in Vicarage Road, Teddington TW11 8EZ. Parking is available and is free on Sundays. The number 33 and R68 buses stop nearby, and Teddington Railway station is a 10-minute walk away.

Do I need to be able to swim?
No! Teddington Hydrotherapy pool is quite shallow, and you can attend just for a chat and some exercise in the pool even if you can’t swim.

Do I need to wear a swim cap?
Yes, we have some available to purchase or you may be able to borrow one if you have left yours at home.

How long can I stay in the pool?
On arrival you have up to 40 minutes to change and swim with a maximum of 30 minutes in the pool.

Will the pool be busy?
A maximum of 6 women can be in the pool at a time. Sometimes you may need to wait for a swimmer to leave the pool before you get in.

Will there be men there?
No! This club is for women only and is run by women volunteers.

How much does it cost?
Our annual membership is £15 with a £5 weekly swim fee payable each time you swim, and you get your 7th swim free! Payment is by cash and exact change is welcomed.

Who can join?
Our club is open to all women.

I have a medical condition. Can I still join?
We ask all members to complete a medical screening form on joining. We ask that you disclose any medical condition and if necessary require a medical sign off from your Doctor to use the pool.

Can I get involved?
Our WFSC is run entirely by volunteers! As a volunteer with our charity, you will be helping many isolated women to access healthy exercise in a safe and friendly environment and your experience will be a useful addition to your CV.

Volunteer Lifeguards – Our charity is happy to pay in full for lifeguard training for our volunteer lifeguards. Once qualified our volunteer lifeguards then commit to being on a rota volunteering on average once a month for a minimum of two years. The NPLQ lifeguard qualification is recognised nationally and could lead to paid employment at any swimming pool in the UK!

Admin Assistants – Two volunteer admin assistants are on duty each week to check membership, take payment and organise refreshments.