Interested in joining West London Penguin?
Please contact the team manager for the section you are interested in joining via this page.
You can train with us up to three times before deciding whether to join.
Ready to join?
After you have attended the taster sessions and told your Team Manager that you wish to join, we’ll email our membership application form. This includes confirmation that you have read the Club Rules and Codes of Conduct and agree to abide by them.
We’ll also send you links to set up two Direct Debits.
- The first is for your annual membership fee and we will take £65 as a first payment. This covers your annual membership fee for the current year (£40) and a one-off joining fee (£25). Subsequent payments are for just the annual membership fee and will be taken on the 5th January each year.
- The second Direct Debit is for your monthly subscription payments. Payment is taken on the 1st of each month and your Team Manager will have told you how much you will be paying.
Once we have received your membership form and you’ve set up the Direct Debits you’ll receive a link to complete and submit a Swim England online form.
After that we are normally able to complete your registration in a couple of days and we’ll email to tell you when it is all done. (It will take longer if you are joining from another nation and require an International Transfer Certificate.)
You may train with the Club while your registration is being processed, but you may not compete under the Penguin name until you receive confirmation from the Membership Secretary or your Team Manager.
You’ll need to go through this process even if you are already registered with another Club.
How is my money used?
Your payments contribute towards the costs of pool hire, coaching, team registrations for competitions, annual registration to Swim England and insurance. They also support general admin costs associated with running the Club, including website hosting fees, Direct Debit charges and Zoom subscription.
The Committee strives to keep all costs and fees to a minimum.
Resigning from the Club
If you are leaving the Club you should tell your section manager in writing and cancel your monthly subs payments via your bank. We do not offer refunds if you forget to cancel your payments.
If you stop paying the monthly subs at any point, your membership will be terminated and you will no longer be able to train or compete for the Club, unless you have made prior arrangements though the Committee to temporarily suspend your monthly subs payments.
Re-joining the Club
Former members wishing to re-join the Club will be asked to complete the full membership process described above.
Temporary suspension of monthly subs payments
If your circumstances change and you cannot attend training for a defined period, you can apply for a temporary suspension of monthly subs by writing to the Committee via your Team Manager.
If your application is approved and the period runs into a new calendar year, you’ll still need pay the annual membership renewal in January.
If you don’t renew your membership in January will be deemed to have resigned and will have to join the Club from scratch as a new member when you return to the pool with us.
Additional costs to members
Master swimmers entering competitions pay their own fees for individual events and cover their own travel and accommodation costs.
Water polo squads pay their own travel and accommodation costs for competitions. As a team they are also required to cover the cost of their coach’s travel and accommodation.
Water polo teams also cover entry fees for invitational tournaments outside of the leagues.