The student swimming club of Amsterdam, for water, fun and sportiness.

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SPONS is the student swimming association in Amsterdam with a focus on water, fun and sportiness. We have the opportunity to train up to four times a week and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine in our favorite pub afterwards. SPONS also participates in swimming competitions, including the NSZK competition with all kinds of other student swimming associations that includes a pre-drink, a competition and a party afterwards four times a year! In addition to our swimming practices, drinks and competitions, we also organize many fun activities, such as the introduction weekend, the winter SPONS, the annual Christmas dinner, the SPONS gala, a number of seasonal activities and a very nice closing party.

So do not hesitate any longer, join SPONS and become a member of our sporty and fun student association.

You can find more information about SPONS on our website or come by the pool to join us for a trial swimming training on the first Thursday of the month and to get further acquainted with SPONS. You can contact us throughout the year if you want to drop by the pool and watch a training or join for a trial training. You may signup for a trial training by filling out the signup form (scroll down this page) or by sending an email to See you in the pool!

Our training hours

SPONS trains three times a week in the heart of Amsterdam at swimming pool Marnixbad and once a week in the Sportfondsenbad in Amsterdam East. All of our members are divided into three different groups of different levels: A to D. Each level has its own lane during trainings. Group A suits the more experienced swimmers while group D is perfect for starting swimmers who do not yet master all three strokes and/or have difficulties swimming 100 meters in a row. The SPONS training hours are as follows:

Monday – Marnixbad:

  • 18:30-19:00 - Dry training
  • 19:00-20:00 - all groups
Wednesday – Sportfondsenbad Oost:
  • 18:30-19:30 - all groups
Thursday – Marnixbad:
  • 20:00-21:00 - A & B group
  • 21:00-22:00 - C & D group
Friday – Marnixbad:
  • 19:00-20:00 - all groups

SPONS has its own training hours, but as a member of A.S.Z.V. SPONS you can also participate in the condition training hours provided by the University Sports Center (USC). During the USC hours the group is divided into endurance swimming 1 for the less experienced swimmers and endurance swimming 2 for the more experienced swimmers. Below is an overview of the USC’s training hours:

Monday - Marnixbad:

  • 17:00-18:00 - endurance swimming 1
  • 18:00-19:00 - endurance swimming 2
Wednesday - Sportfondsenbad Oost:
  • 18:30-19:30 - endurance swimming 1 & 2
Thursday - Marnixbad:
  • 18:00-19:00 - endurance swimming 1
  • 19:00-20:00 - endurance swimming 2
Friday - Marnixbad:
  • 19:00-20:00 - endurance swimming 1

For the fanatics among us this means that it is possible to train for two consecutive hours.

Do you want to improve your freestyle technique? Join our swimming course!

Target audience
Our course is divided into multiple experience levels, from battle-hardened triathletes and ex-swimmers, to beginners who are looking for a new challenge. The only requirement is that you are able to swim two lanes consecutively.

When and where
Where: Marnixbad (Marnixplein 1, 1015 ZN Amsterdam)
When: 8, 15, 22 and 29 September, 6, 13, 20 and 27 October and 3 November from 22:00-23:00h

The swimming course lasts 9 weeks, with a training every Thursday evening in the Marnixbad. Every session, another technique aspect will be practiced. Signing up is now possible via the website!

Costs (excluding €10,- deposit)
Students: €40,-
Non-students: €55,-
Transaction costs: €0.30 (iDEAL)

To sign-up, register yourself here. Your registration is complete when the payment has been completed via iDEAL. After your registration you will receive a confirmation email and we will see you in the pool!
For questions about the course you can email Or follow our Facebook-page to stay up to date with everything concerning our swimming courses.

Please note: after finalizing your registration, you will not be refunded when you decide to cancel your participation.

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Ready to join SPONS right away?

Becoming a member of SPONS is possible all year round. A membership at SPONS for an entire season (September – July) will cost you 51 euros (students get a €10 discount and pay €41 yearly). For half a season (February – July) it will cost you 24.60 euros. When you are purchasing a membership for the first time, this must be paid via iDeal. After the first time, membership costs will be automatically debited annually.
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To train during our training hours you need a condition swimming card from the USC. Check out the USC-website for prices and where to purchase your swimming card.

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