Come Swim with Us!

We will be open for new members again from September 2022.

Contact us so we can reserve a place in the pool for you. We welcome new members on Saturdays in Hillerødgade Pool from the beginning of September. Write to to agree when you can come. You are welcome to try us a couple of times before you decide to become a member and pay the fees.

Pan Idræt's membership system will put you on a waiting list if you try to join online. Don't worry - we have room for everyone and you don't need to pay before you come the first time!

Please note that unfortunately, we cannot offer help with fear of the water.


What we offer


In Copenhagen Mermates we have several options.


Free swimming - often called recreational swimming
The first swimming option is recreational swimmingFree swimming Is for those who just want to swim without a programme or instruction (but there is always a lifeguard). You need to be able to swim at least 25 metres non-stop though. Many members make use of both swimming options. Always show consideration for the other swimmers. 

Programme swimming
The second option is programme swimming consisting of two groups, one technical group and one programme group. If you want to learn the 4 styles of swimming and already have the basic swimming skills, then we recommend the technical group. If you can already move safely in the water and swim several or all of the four styles, the programme group is right for you. In addition, the programme group consists of three levels A, B and C. If in doubt, ask the head coach.

NOTE: Both swimming offers require that the swimmers are familiar with basic swimming. Please also not that Copenhagen Mermates trainers do not have the capacity or skills to help you overcome fear of the water.

The technique group

The technical group is intended for you who want to learn the 4 styles, butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and crawl. We review all four styles over the course of a season. In this group, it is assumed that you are reasonably familiar with the 4 basic skills of swimming.

Contact the steering committee or the team's coaches Jakob Edinger and Morten Henrik Petersen if you are considering the technical team.

The swimming group (with levels)

C level
Assumes you are roughly familiar with breaststroke and crawl and have knowledge of backstroke and butterfly. In addition, you are expected to be able to swim two lanes without stopping. At this level you gain knowledge of fitness and interval swimming. You start swimming fast and get an advanced water sensation, which strengthens your technical and motor skills. The programme length varies between 1500 and 1800 meters, which corresponds to 1-1.5 hours.

B level
Assumes you are reasonable familiar with breaststroke, crawl and backstroke, and that you have knowledge of butterfly. In addition, it is assumed that you have a reasonable condition and experience with interval swimming. At this level, swimming is intensified and the technical and motor skills are fine-tuned. In 1.5 hours, the programme length varies between 2000-2500 metres.

A level
Assumes that you are very experienced with all four styles. In addition, it is assumed that you have a good condition and experience with interval swimming. This level is the club's highest programme level and requires advanced technical and motor skills. In 1.5 hours, the programme length varies between 2500 and 3000 metres.


Where and when




IMPORTANT! We use an app called HOLDSPORT as a booking system. Ask one of the coaches for an invitation link - you can't just install the app without an invitation - we are hidden and can't be found without an invitation.

If you are still in your trial period, you don't need the app. Just agree with us when you can come. Once you have decided to join us, ask a coach for the invitation link. This is separate from the payment signup system.

There are some changes to Mondays and Fridays - and we also now have Sundays too!

Holdsport booking will open right after Pride.

The autumn season starts on 1 September. New swimmers are kindly asked to contact to agree when to come. We welcome new swimmers on Saturdays in September.

MONDAYS in Vesterbro Pool from 20:30-22:00 (NOTE: no recreational swimmers)

Advanced Monday - Coach: Marco

Only for programme swimmers. You must be able to swim:

  • At least 50 metres without a break for all 4 disciplines (breaststroke, crawl, backstroke and butterfly)
  • 2000 metres in an hour

You must follow the programme.

WEDNESDAYS in Skt Annæ from 20:30 to 22:00 (unchanged from last season)

Endurance Wednesday - Coach: Mirja

For programme swimmers and the faster recreational swimmers. If you want to follow the progrmme, it will consist of only breaststroke and crawl, and it will focus on distance.

THURSDAYS in Frankrigsgade (unchanged from last season)

Technical Thursday - Coach: Jakob

Technique training for beginners and intermediate swimmers.

There are two sessions of one hour each: 20:00-21:00 and 21:00-22:00

NOTE: if there are not at least 8 people booked by 18:00 on the day, the second session will be cancelled.

FIRDAYS in Vesterbro Pool

NOTE - Big changes as we have unfortunately lost 3 lanes for the first half hour.

Coach: Morten

Firm Friday

19:00-20:30 we only have three lanes for the first half hour, so the first half hour is reserved for programme swimmers who want to follow Morten's programme. Please be ready to swim at 19:00. Morten will adapt the program as needed.

Free Friday

Starts at 19:30 when the other three lanes become available to us, and runs alongside Firm Friday which continues in the first three lanes. FInish time: no later than 20.30. All are welcome. Morten will give inspiration to Free Friday swimmers who request help.






Firm Friday lanes 1,2,3





Free Friday lanes 4,5,6






Coach: varies

Super Saturday - all are welcome. Saturdays are the days we welcome new swimmers for trial sessions. Please book a time with us by writing to so we can plan a warm welcome for you and the coach can give you special attention. The coach will also give you advice about which other days are most suitable for you.

Sometimes there will be special theme workshops - these will be announced in advance.



Coach: varies

Cosy Sunday - all ar welcome. No programmes offered.


NOTE: All sessions are to be booked in Holdsport. If you want to try us out before joining, just contact us first on, so we can agree a time for you to come. Please do not come without first contacting us.


NOTE: All swimmers should be ready at the poolside 3 minutes before the session starts.



The membership fee for Pan Idræt is DKK 390 once a year (DKK 195 after July)

The activity fee for Copenhagen Mermates is DKK 380 per half year and is due on 1 February and 1 September.

NOTE: New members can get a free trial period (approximately three sessions).

Membership and rules

All members should have knowledge of the club membership and rules.

About Copenhagen Mermates



the objective of Copenhagen Mermates is to create a safe LGBT-friendly environment in Danish swimming with swimming offers of various kinds. Mermates is a Copenhagen Mermates a member of the Danish Swimming Federation through Pan Idræt. Current swimming offers can be seen under "swimming offers and "team descriptions." If you are considering membership, you can contact us to agree some trial sessions.


Members and identity

Most of our members are from the LGBT+ community. We also have some allies as members, who we very much appreciate. We currently have about 130 members.


Competitions and club championships

Copenhagen Mermates organises an annual club championship and participates in 3-5 swimming competitions a year. The competitions are mostly LGBT + swimming competitions abroad, including major international competitions such as Eurogames. Each individual member is responsible for their own expenses in connection with the competitions, including registration, travel, board and lodging. The trips are arranged either as team trips or as individual trips, depending on what there is support for. The members who attend competitions decide whether they want to travel and stay together or book individually.


Events and social events

The members regularly arrange - also on their own initiative - Friday dinners and parties for the club members. Parties are arranged by the steering committee each season, and the steering committee also awards the annual club trophy to a member who has made a special volunteer effort in the past year. The club's Christmas party is arranged by Pan Idræt, and is held together with the other sports under Pan Idræt. Events and social events usually have a separate fee, although the club sometimes subsidises them.



All work in the club is voluntary, both the primary, which is swimming-related, and the secondary, which relates to the club's social activities. Members who have the time take part in the development of the swimming offers, event participation, the steering group work and the social activities.


Contact and communication

You will not only find us on We are also on Facebook, where you can follow us and get an impression of our club. Ask to join our Facebook group. You will find us under the name Copenhagen Mermates (Pan Idræt). Contact the members of the steering committee on ..

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Steering Committee for Copenhagen Mermates

Jesper Kappel

Jesper Kappel


Mirja Stroehler

Mirja Stroehler

Head coach

Paul Brummitt

Paul Brummitt


Oliver Baake

Oliver Baake

Steering committee member

Morten Henrik Petersen

Morten Henrik Petersen

Steering committee member


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