Due to current coronavirus restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to accept new members at the moment. We look forward to this situation changing!
What we offer
In Copenhagen Mermates we offer two types of swimming training.
The first swimming offer is recreational swimming. Recreational swimming Is for those who just want to swim without a programme or instruction. You need to be able to swim at least 25 metres non-stop though. Many members make use of both swimming offers. Always show consideration for the other swimmers.
The second 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 technical 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)
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.
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.
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.
NOTE: The swimming group swims programme swimming 3-4 times a week (see under "where and when").
Where and when
Programme swimming has themes on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Monday - Vesterbro Swimming Pool
Kl. 20.30-21.30 - Theme: “Ambitious Mondays,” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C level). Coach: Marco Schaber.
Kl. 21.00-22.00 - Recreational swimming, lanes 5-6.
Wednesday - Skt. Annæ School swimming pool
Kl. 20.30- ca. 21.30 - Theme: “Stamina Wednesday” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C levels and recreational). Coach: Mirja Stroehler.
Thursday - Frankrigsgade Swimming Poll
Kl. 20.00-21.00 - Theme: "Technical Thursday," lanes 1-3. Coach: Jakob Edinger and Morten Henrik Petersen alternate.
Friday - Vesterbro Swimming Pool
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 – Recreational, lanes 5-6.
Saturday - Hillerødgade Pool
Kl. 17.00-18.30 - Theme: “Quiet Saturday,” lanes 1-4 (A, B and C level.). Coach: Marco, Jakob, Morten, Uffe and Mirja alternate.
Kl. 17.00-18.30 - Recreational swimming, lanes 5-6.
NOTE: Programme swimmers must be ready at the poolside 3 minutes before the start time.
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).
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 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).
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. One annual party, arranged by the steering committee before each summer holiday, where the steering committee also awards the annual club trophy to a member who has made a special voluntary effort in the past year (September-May). 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 panidraet.dk. 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 steering committee members with any questions, including about swimming and membership.
Steering Committee for Copenhagen Mermates
Morten Henrik Petersen
Steering committee member
Steering committee member