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

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Welcome to the Amsterdam Student Swim Association SPONS! Since January 22, 1997, SPONS has been the student swimming club in Amsterdam with a focus on water, fun and sportiness.
SPONS is a swimming club as well as a student association. 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 participates in the most fun and social swimming competition: the Dutch Student Swimming Competition (NSZK). In this competition all twelve Dutch student swimming associations compete against each other for the title of “best swimming association of the Netherlands”. The NSZK competitions are legendary weekends that traditionally start with a pre-drink on Friday evening. On Saturday we showcase our competitive side during the swimming competition and afterwards we enjoy a nice meal with all the participants from all student associations. With our energy replenished we join the party organized by the hosting student swimming association, which goes on until the late hours.
In addition to our swimming practice and competitions, we also organize many fun activities such as the introduction weekend, the ‘winterSPONS’, the annual Christmas dinner, a fun activity during the winter and awesome parties such as the Season End Party.
We keep our members informed through our club magazine: ‘the OnderSPONSje’. In there you can find the swimming program, activity program, stories from fellow SPONSjes and the latest gossip.
To participate in SPONS-training, you must be a SPONS member and also be in possession of a fitness swimming card from the University Sports Center (USC). You can become a SPONS member via our website. Swimming is a wonderful way to maintain your fitness and refresh your body and mind after a long day in the lecture rooms. 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 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:

  • 18:30-20:00 - all groups, and the first 30 min is dryland practice
Wednesday – Sportfondsenbad Oost:
  • 18:30-19:30 - all groups
Thursday – Marnixbad:
  • 20:00-21:30 - A & D group, and the last 30 min is dryland practice.
  • 20:30-22:00 - B & C group, and the first 30 min is dryland practice.
Friday – Marnixbad:
  • 19:00-20:00 - all groups
On Wednesdays and Fridays there is no dryland practice.

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 1
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
The swimming course lasts eight weeks, and training sessions are given every Thursday night from 22:00 to 23:00 in the Marnixbad (Marnixplein 1, 1015 ZN Amsterdam).
Februari-course: 13 Februari - 9 April
April-course: 23 April - 25 June
Course registration opens up a month before the start, in order to apply you can sign up via the website.

Students: €35,- (also for graduates of the year 2018-2019)
NNon-students: €50,-
Transaction costs:: €0,30 (iDEAL)
These prices are excluding the €10,- deposit for a bracelet that grants you access to the pool. After you return the bracelet you will receive the deposit on your bank account.

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.

Do you want to try out swimming?

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 41 euros. 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.
Are you convinced? Go to the registration form, and apply immediately!

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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