In the editorial of the Statesman on 24th May, 1887 appeared that "Everyone will be glad to learn that the Lieutenant Governor has sanctioned the construction of the Calcutta Swimming Club on the site selected near Chandpal Ghat". It was on this day that the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal has sanctioned the construction of "CALCUTTA SWIMMING BATH", the forerunner of the existing - The calcutta Swimming Club
"The Swimming Bath" was founded by a group of Calcutta merchants headed by Messrs A.H.Willis and Busland to provide amenities for their young and junior assistants, who had neither the social standing nor the financial means necessary for membership of more important Clubs. The founders in their astute wisdom introduced the "CASH PAYMENT" rule which in those days of chits and credit slips was unique and intended to prevent the young members running into debt.
Calcutta Swimming Club, as we see it today, was actually founded by the Late Walter Davis, a partner of Hamilton & Company. He was the first Secretary of the Club. Since its inception the Lieutenant Governor of Bengal was the Head of the Club till 1923 when Mr. N. Hamilton was elected as it's first President.
The Club in the days immediately after the first WORLD WAR had only the inside Swimming Bath with dressing cubicles on the North side. Outside the northern side, there was a rectangular shaped TANK, a little smaller than the SWIMMING BATH . The sides of the Tank were built up by perhaps a couple of feet of earth banks held together by long grass. The present dressing rooms and the "porch" were added after 1926 and the rest of the buildings were cam up after the construction of the outside Pool, which was built in the 1930s.
From the mid 1920s onwards there were sessions for LADIES, two or three times a week for about an hour and mixed bathing was permitted on Friday evenings. Men used the dressing cubicles on the North side and the Women, the Gallery. There was a screen along the gallery rail to prevent those downstairs seeing too much or, for that matter anything. Of course, men had to wear "SLIPS" under the then costume regulations, while the ladies were completely covered all much too properly.
Catering was of course in its infancy and a Bovril and biscuits. The biscuits used to be wet by the time the old bearer brought them in a cracked cup and that was all there was to be had. The ladies eventually started the tea service.
The bath could be reserved by a member for private parties for a modest fee - many stories were told of these parties
The Club celebrated its GOLDEN JUBILEE in 1937 and some of the commemorative Pewter TANKARDS presented by members are still with the Club. During the Second World War the Club offered relaxation to tired service Officers on leave from weary services at various theatres. In 1941, the Club was honoured by a FIGHTER AIRCRAFT being named "Calcutta Swimming Club" in appreciation of its contribution to the War efforts.
The period immediately after World War II was undoubtedly the most prosperous in the Club's history. There were over five thousand individual members and financial resources were plentiful. During this period the original 'LEAN TO' verandah was replaced by the larger brick structure, while both the Bar and Verandah were air-conditioned.
In 1964, Maharaja of CoochBehar was inducted as the First INDIAN MEMBER. Again it was in 1976, Late P.T. Basu was elected as the First INDIAN PRESIDENT of the Club. The Club celebrated its CENTENARY in 1985. The Club has been continuously undergoing major renovations / upgradation to enhance the facilities to its members.
We have 3 Bars – Main Bar, Pub Bar and The Poolside Bar are known for their exclusivity.
Children timing has been extended up to 10.30 PM. However children are not allowed in the dining Hall / Lounge after 9.30 P.M.
Kurta with Pyjama or Trousers of any kind, Shirts with Dhoti are not permitted in the Club Premises. Except on Sunday / Holiday mornings shorts will not be allowed in the Main Bar. Shorts will not be allowed in the Bars or Lounge during Evening Hours. Strap sandals / Shoes are compulsory in the Bars for gentlemen.
Alcoholic Drinks, Food or Refreshments shall not be brought from outside by any Member or Guest for consumption on the Club Premises.
|HEALTH PARLOUR TIMINGS|
|6.30 AM – 10.30 AM (Unisex) Every day|
|10.30 AM – 3.00 PM (Exclusive Ladies, except Sundays & Holidays) Every day|
|3.00 PM – 10.30 PM (Unisex) Every day|
|BARBER SHOP TIMINGS|
|Weekdays (except Wednesday) 12.00 Noon – 8.00 PM|
|Holidays & Sundays 10.00 AM – 5.00 PM|
|Wednesdays 4.00 PM – 8.00 PM|
|Weekly closed on Thursday|
I consider it a great honour and privilege on having been bestowed with the responsibility of being the President of our glorious Institution and I remain grateful and truly humbled at the faith and trust that has been reposed in me. It shall be my earnest endeavour to live up to your expectations.
For me ‘CSC’, as we fondly call it, is a passion. It was a proud moment for me and my family when we were accepted as Members of the Club and it has been my good fortune to have received your love and affection over the years. I do strongly feel that it is now my time to reciprocate.
We are fortunate of having a Team which not only shares my vision but is also fervent about the Club, and I am confident that together we shall be able to establish CSC as one of the enviable institutions in the Clubs of the City.
Our Club has evolved over the years and no longer remains a ‘mere’ Swimming Club. There has been a paradigm shift in the Membership profile and today one sees a much larger presence of the younger generation. To keep pace with their aspirations, a number of games facilities have been added, the latest being the TT Room. A Badminton Court too is on the anvil, subject to the administrative approvals. It will please you to know that the Gym too is in the process of upgradation. We will soon be launching a ‘CSC App’ which will be Member friendly and which will enable you to book the Club’s facilities that you wish to avail of, prior to your visit to the Club, so that your visits are convenient and satisfying.
I take this opportunity to congratulate our Member’s Children Janhvi Choudhary, Kabir Sharma and Shourya Jain, for not only having excelled in their respective sports disciplines, but also for bringing laurels to the Club and the City.
The Pandemic has impacted our social life in ways more than one, most importantly the interaction amongst ourselves during our visits to the Club, which is being missed by all of us. I am extremely hopeful of normalcy returning to our lives sooner than later. I do plan to gradually create the environment which would once again draw you to your ‘Second Home’.
For further improvement of the Club’s facilities and services, your suggestions, are most welcome and I do look forward to meeting you in person in this regard. Rajshree joins me in wishing you and your family good health and happiness.
Dr Naresh Goyal
In compliance with the Government of West Bengal Order No 753/XXIII–ISS/2M–22/2020 dated 14/02/2022, on containment of the COVID–19 Pandemic, with effect from Wednesday, 16 February 2022, the restrictions and relaxation measures up to 28 February 2022 shall be as follows:-
Please note that your visit to the Club is at your own risk.
16 February 2022
Col. A. K. Singh (Retd.)
|Mr. Dipak Kumar Agarwala||Mr. Pradeep Bagla|
|Mr Rishi Bajoria||Mr. Deepak Chaudhary|
|Mr. Gaurav Chokhany||Mr. Siddharth Jhunjhunwala|
|Mr. Vivek Mahansaria||Mr. Pradeep Lal Mehta|
|Mr. Mahesh Punjabi||Mr. Kanan Tondon|
|Mr. Alok Sethia||Mr R K Tripathi – Rep. Lessor Governor|
|Banquets, Guest Rooms & Card Room||Mr. Vivek Mahansaria|
|Bar||Mr Mahesh Punjabi||Mr Rishi Bajoria|
|Committee Affairs||Mr. Gaurav Chokhany|
|Entertainment||Mr Gaurav Chokhany||Mr Shailesh Goyal|
|Finance||Mr P L Mehta||Mr Suyash Poddar|
|Food & Catering||Mr Rishi Bajoria||Mr Nitin C Dani and Mr Vivek Mahansaria|
|Government Affairs||Mr Mahesh Punjabi|
|Health Parlour||Mr Deepak Chaudhary||Mr Aditya Karwa|
|IT||Mr Pradeep Bagla||Mr Dipak Kumar Agarwala|
|Legal & Staff Affairs||Mr P L Mehta|
|Maintenance||Mr Dipak Kumar Agarwala|
|Member’s Affairs||Mr N C Dani||Mr Gaurav Chokhany|
|Membership||Dr Naresh Goyal||Mr N C Dani|
|Renovation & Upgradation||Mr Kanan Tondon|
|Sports||Mr. Siddharth Jhunjhunwala||Mr Rahul Singhi|
|Administration & HR||Col A K Singh (Retd)|
|Ladies Wing||Mrs Rajshree Jain & Mrs. Amita N.Dani|
|Club Magazine||Editor – Mr Pundrik Shah|
|Special Sub Committee Renovation and Upgradation||Mr Kanan Tondon, Mr Manoj Bhagat, Mr Nandu Belani.|
|Startegic Planning||Immediate Past President, President and Vice President.|
|1931||T. H. Elderton|
|1932||J. S. Henderson|
|1935||D. P. Malcolm|
|1936||T. H. Elderton|
|1937||J. H. Guthrie|
|1938||A. B. Mallett|
|1939||A. Gemmell OBE|
|1941||W. L. Gordon|
|1942||N. W. Chisholm|
|1945||A. S. Gillies|
|1946||F. J. Rasmussen MBE|
|1949||E. H. Rabey|
|1950||J. J. N. Birch|
|1951||B. W. Palmer|
|1954||W. E. Bell|
|1956||H. J. Godwin|
|1957||T. K. Walshaw|
|1960||W. J. Woodhouse DFC|
|1961||T. C. Perry|
|1963||A. G. M. Twining|
|1964||E. C. Hayworth|
|1965||R. R. Hill|
|1966||A. D. Moodie|
|1967||K. S. Whitehouse|
|1969||H. L. Barham GM|
|1970||G. J. Whiteparsons|
|1971||M. L. Greenberg|
|1973||R. N. Gray|
|1974||R. N. Gray|
|1976||P. T. Basu|
|1977||A. W. Turner|
|1978||P. T. Basu|
|1979||A. J. Suralya|
|1980||A. J. Suralya|
|1981||A. K. Hirjee|
|1982||A. K. Hirjee|
|1983||P. N. Roy|
|1984||P. N. Roy|
|1985||N. G. Khaitan|
|1986||M. P. Jalan|
|1987||M. P. Jalan|
|1988||M. P. Jalan|
|1990||A. B. Ajmera|
|1991||D. S. Jain|
|1992||L. G. Daswani|
|1993||G. D. Binnany|
|1994||P. K. Jalan|
|1995||A. P. Chawla|
|1996||A. K. Roy|
|1997||K. K. Mimani|
|1998||P. D. Tulsyan|
|2001||H. A. Ajmera|
|2003||Nandu K. Belani|
|2008||Gopal Prasad Chokhany|
|2009||Bal Binode Bajoria|
|2011||M. L. Mall|
|2012||Ashish C Doshi|
|2013||Prashant D Binnany|
|2015||Binod C Kankaria|
|2019||Mr Jai Surana|
|2020||Mr Alok Sethia|
Showers are provided and all swimmers must use them before entering the pools.
All members must wear only such conventional swimming costumes as are in generally accepted use and approved by the Club. Members and guests with long hair must wear bathing caps.
Members and guests should wear shirts which are properly buttoned. T-shirts without a collar (polo neck) are not allowed inside the Club. Members wearing shorts and “chappals” will not be allowed inside the bar. Members in swimwear may not access the Lounge, Porch entrance hall, the Bar and Lounge Bar. In general, members and guests are requested to dress in a manner which is considered proper and maintains the decorum of a modern club.
No dogs or other animals can be brought inside the club building or compound. Nor shall vagrant animals and birds be fed on the premises.
The parking space in the club compound is reserved for owner driven cars with club stickers only. Cars with drivers should be parked outside the club compound.
No member may monopolise the services of any bearer or other employee of the club. Any complaints should be referred to the Secretary or the Committee. Tipping by Members is strictly prohibited.
Children under the age of 12 years must not remain in the club premises after 9.30PM. They must not remain in the outside pool after 7.00PM and inside pool after 8.00PM. They can however be in the club on special occasions / events / programmes. On normal days, if children are found in the Club premises after 9.30PM, they may be asked to leave the club premises.
6AM to 11PM (The Club committee shall have discretion to extend hours)
Guests may be brought into to the Club, subject to certain stipulations / norms, the details of which may be collected from the Secretary or Club office.
Mobile phones should be kept on silent and not used for talking inside the Main Bar and Dining Hall.
The club does not accept responsibility for loss of member’s property or the property of their guests whilst in the club deposit, and no claim for such loss will be entertained by the Club. Members depositing articles do so at their own risk and responsibility.
A book in which members may enter their complaints / suggestions is kept with the Secretary of the Club.
Only one person at a time may use or be on any of the springboards. Children are forbidden to play on or around the diving stages.
Members and their guests may not use the swimming pools if suffering from skin diseases (including sever case of prickly heat) or any other infectious diseases.
Alcoholic beverages will not be served to and may not be consumed by any person under the age of 21 years. Persons under the age of 18 years will not be permitted to enter the Lounge Bar.
Children under the age of 2 years may not be taken into ANY pool in the Club.
No baby or infant carriages may be brought into the club except the small folding push chairs.
No members or guests shall bring into the club any food or refreshments for consumption in the club premises. Chewing of pan, pan masala, chewing gum and chewing tobacco is not permitted within the club premises.
Hiring of club premises may only be arranged through a club Member, provide the same is approved as per club rules. Additionally it would be the responsibility of the Member booking the premises to accept all liabilities for payment of bills resulting from the hiring.
Wilful damage to the club property will result in the imposition of a fine by the Committee on the responsible Member or Member’s guest, not exceeding six times the cost of replacement or repairs. Parents will be deemed responsible for any damage caused by their children and / or their guests.
The above information is indicative only and gives an overview of the Club rules and regulations. Members are however requested to check with the Club Secretary / Office to get more specific details about the decorum that needs to be maintained whilst inside the club premises – either alone, with family, or guests. Members are also requested to check for the modified timings of bars and other facilities which have been extended over the last couple of months.