About
About

Club History

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.

General Information

HALLS FOR PARTIES

  • Banquet Hall on 1st Floor (Full / Part can be booked).
  • Poolside Bar for Cocktail Parties.

Bars

We have 3 Bars – Main Bar, Pub Bar and The Poolside Bar are known for their exclusivity.

CHILDREN’S HOURS

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.

DRESS CODE

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.

ALCOHOL & REFRESHMENTS

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

President’s Message

DEAR MEMBER,
Season’s Greetings.

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.

Yours sincerely,
Dr Naresh Goyal
President

Secretary's Message

NOTICE

RESTRICTIONS AND RELAXATIONS ON CLUB ACTIVITIES

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:-

  • Club Timings. 6:30 AM to 11:00 PM. The timings of all the facilities shall be as per the pre COVID – 19 times.
  • Facilities Available. All the facilities shall remain open, subject to the conditions mentioned below.
  • Kitchen & Bar Timings.
    • Kitchen – Last Order 10:00 PM.
    • Bar – Last Order 10:15 PM.
  • Safety Measures To Be Complied With.
    • Guests – six guests per Membership allowed.
    • Entry permitted to only those Members, Guests, Staff, Coaches, Vendors and work- hands, who are duly vaccinated or have tested ‘Negative’ for the CORONA Virus in the last 72 Hours, or who have recovered from the CORONA Infection in the last 3 months. Accordingly proof of anyone of the conditions will have to be produced.
    • In the Dining Hall, Bars and Lounge the designated tables only to be used.
    • In the Sunshade Area, existing seating setup to only be used with a maximum of six people per table. Joining of tables to the existing setup – not permitted.
    • For the Card Room, Health Parlour, Squash Courts, Games Rooms, Billiard Room and Salon, procedures as per the SOPs instituted on 05 September 20 will be applicable. For Swimming, the norms shall be as per the SOP dated 01 February 2022. However, guests are permitted to use the Health Parlour and the Swimming Pool subject to Sub Serial (b) above.
    • All other COVID 19 protocols like wearing of masks, sanitizing, avoidance of any kind of physical contact and social distancing are to be complied with.

Please note that your visit to the Club is at your own risk.

16 February 2022

Col. A. K. Singh (Retd.)
Secretary

Committee

Dr. Naresh Goyal

President

Mr. Nitin C. Dani

Vice President

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

Office Bearers 2021 – 2022

Portfolio Chairperson Co-Chairperson
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
Portfolio Chairperson Co-Chairperson
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.

Past Presidents

Year Name
1923 N. Hamilton
1924 N. Hamilton
1925 W. Fullerton
1926 N. Hamilton
1927 E. Muir
1928 B. Severs
1929 E. Muir
1930 E. Muir
1931 T. H. Elderton
1932 J. S. Henderson
1933 E. Muri
1934 J. Lees
1935 D. P. Malcolm
1936 T. H. Elderton
1937 J. H. Guthrie
1938 A. B. Mallett
1939 A. Gemmell OBE
1940 T. King
1941 W. L. Gordon
1942 N. W. Chisholm
1943 O. Godding
1944 O. Godding
1945 A. S. Gillies
1946 F. J. Rasmussen MBE
1947 B.A. Anstey
1948 T. King
1949 E. H. Rabey
1950 J. J. N. Birch
1951 B. W. Palmer
1952 B. Gill
1953 T. King
1954 W. E. Bell
1955 J. Buchanan
1956 H. J. Godwin
1957 T. K. Walshaw
Year Name
1958 N. Hamilton
1959 N. Hamilton
1960 W. J. Woodhouse DFC
1961 T. C. Perry
1962 J. Graham
1963 A. G. M. Twining
1964 E. C. Hayworth
1965 R. R. Hill
1966 A. D. Moodie
1967 K. S. Whitehouse
1968 H. Rudkin
1969 H. L. Barham GM
1970 G. J. Whiteparsons
1971 M. L. Greenberg
1972 E. Maurice
1973 R. N. Gray
1974 R. N. Gray
1975 E. Maurice
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
1989 Lalji Mehrotra
1990 A. B. Ajmera
1991 D. S. Jain
1992 L. G. Daswani
Year Name
1993 G. D. Binnany
1994 P. K. Jalan
1995 A. P. Chawla
1996 A. K. Roy
1997 K. K. Mimani
1998 P. D. Tulsyan
1999 C.A. Doshi
2000 Anjan Ghosh
2001 H. A. Ajmera
2002 Manoj Bhagat
2003 Nandu K. Belani
2004 Binod Khattry
2005 Ravi Todi
2006 Anand Chopra
2007 Anand Chopra
2008 Gopal Prasad Chokhany
2009 Bal Binode Bajoria
2010 Anup Sharda
2011 M. L. Mall
2012 Ashish C Doshi
2013 Prashant D Binnany
2014 Ketan Shanghavi
2015 Binod C Kankaria
2016 Kamal Bhandari
2017 Anil Choudhury
2018 Sunil Daswani
2019 Mr Jai Surana
2020 Mr Alok Sethia

Rules & Regulations

Shower Baths

Showers are provided and all swimmers must use them before entering the pools.

Swimming Costumes & Caps

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.

Dress Code

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.

Dogs & Pets

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.

Car Parking

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.

Tipping

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’s Hours

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.

Club Hours

6AM to 11PM (The Club committee shall have discretion to extend hours)

Guests

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 Phone Usage

Mobile phones should be kept on silent and not used for talking inside the Main Bar and Dining Hall.

Safe Deposit

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.

Complaints & Suggestions

A book in which members may enter their complaints / suggestions is kept with the Secretary of the Club.

Diving Boards

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.

Health Precautions

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

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.

Babies

Children under the age of 2 years may not be taken into ANY pool in the Club.

Push Chairs

No baby or infant carriages may be brought into the club except the small folding push chairs.

Refreshments

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

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.

Damage To Club Property

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.