Corona situation

Due to current corona virus restrictions, we are not currently accepting new members. We look forward to welcoming new members again, hopefully again soon.


Swimming offers and team descriptions


In Copenhagen Mermates we have two swimming offers.


Freestyle swimming
The first swimming offer is free swimming. Free swimming is an offer of swimming without a joint program and trainer. It is only assumed that you are able to swim independently. Many members make use of both swimming offers. Always show consideration for the other swimmers. 

Team swimming
The second is team swimming consisting of two teams, one technical team increased swimming team. If you want to learn the 4 styles of swimming and already have the basic swimming skills, then we recommend the technical team. If you can already move safely in the water and swim several or all of the four styles, the swimming team is right for you. In addition, the swimming team 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. In addition, be aware that Copenhagen Mermates cannot alleviate water fear.

The technical team

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

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

The swimming team (the levels)

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

B level
Assumes you are reasonable familiar with the styles chest, crawl and back, 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 program length varies between 2000-2500 meters.

A level
Assumes that you is confidential 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 program level and requires advanced technical and motor skills. In 1.5 hours, the program length varies between 2500 and 3000 meters.

NOTE: The swimming team swims program swimming 3-4 times a week (see when under "where and when").

Where and when

Program swimming has the theme Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Monday - Vesterbro Swimming Hall
Kl. 20.30-21.30 - Theme: “Ambitious Mondays,” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C level). Coach: Marco Schaber.
Kl. 21.00-22.00 - Freestyle, course 5-6.

Wednesday - Skt. Annæ swimming pool
Kl. 20.30- ca. 21.30 - Theme: “Stamina Wednesday” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C level and freestyle). Coach: Mirja Stroehler.

Thursday - Frankrigsgade Swimming Hall
Kl. 20.00-21.00 - Theme: "Technical Thursday," lanes 1-3. Coach: Jakob Edinger and Morten Henrik Petersen in turn.

Friday - Vesterbro Swimming Hall
Kl. 19.00-20.30 - Theme: “Funny Fridays,” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C level). Coach: Morten Henrik Petersen.
Kl. 19.00-20.30 Freestyle, lanes 5-6.

Saturday - Hillerødgade Bad & Hal
Kl. 17.00-18.30 - Theme: “Quiet Saturday,” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C level.). Coach: Marco, Jakob, Morten, Uffe and Mirja in turn.
Kl. 17.00-18.30 - Freestyle swimming, course 5-6.


NOTE: Program swimmers meetings ready in the hall 3 minutes before time.



The main contingent for Pan Idræt is DKK 390 once a year (DKK 195 after July)

Branch quota for Copenhagen Mermates is DKK 380 per half year and is charged resp. January 1 and September 1.

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

Membership and rules

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

About Copenhagen Mermates



the purpose of Copenhagen Mermates is to create a safe LGBT-friendly environment in Danish swimming with swimming offers of various kinds. Therefore is Copenhagen Mermates also a member of the Danish Swimming Union under Pan Idræt. Current swimming offers can be seen under "swimming offers and team descriptions." If you are considering membership, you can sign up or request a trial participation. See "Membership and Rules."


Members and identity

The identity of most members is covered by the concept of LGBT +, which is also framed by the name of the club Copenhagen Mermates. Membership varies between 100 and 150, most of whom are either gay or bisexual (note: everyone is welcome!). The gender distribution is stable with about 80% men and 20% women. The age of the members varies from 20 to 75 years, of which most members are around 25-50 years (minimum age for membership is 18 years).


Rallies and club championships

Copenhagen Mermates organizes 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 and Gaygames. Each individual member is responsible for their own expenses in connection with. the conventions, including registration, travel, board and lodging. The conventions are arranged either as team trips or as individual trips, depending on what there is support for. The members who attend conventions assess whether they want to travel and live together, or whether they leave separately.


Events and social events

The members regularly arrange - also on their own initiative - Friday dinners and parties for the club members. One annual party, arranged by the steering group before each summer holiday, where the steering group also awards the club a walking trophy to this year's recipient, who has made a special voluntary effort in the past year (September-May). The club's Christmas lunch is arranged by Pan Idræt, and is held together with the other departments under Pan Idræt. Participant payment usually occurs in connection with events and social events.



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 and profits take a hand 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 make an impression of our club. Request membership in the Facebook group. You will find us under the name Copenhagen Mermates (Pan Sports). Contact the steering committee members for personal contact. Inquiries regarding swimming and membership are also recommended to the steering group members.

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Steering Committee for Pan Swimming

Jakob Edinger

Jakob Edinger


Morten Henrik Petersen

Morten Henrik Petersen

Head coach

Paul Brummitt

Paul Brummitt

Finance manager

Jesper Kappel

Jesper Kappel

Steering group member

Mirja Stroehler

Mirja Stroehler

Steering group member


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