SDC, or Swingers Date Club, was founded in 1999 in the Netherlands. It was one of the first online dating sites for swingers and continues to be popular today. Playing off of its name, SDC encourages you to “Seek yourself, Discover together, and Create memories.” The platform caters to swinger couples and singles and is open to all sexualities and preferences. With its events, parties, and various forms of communication, even those who have been practicing a swinger lifestyle for years will probably find something new on SDC. The company has offices around the world, but the headquarters is in its founding country of the Netherlands.
|Total members||3+ million|
|Members in the U.S.||1,100,000|
|Active weekly members||600,000|
SDC has over 3 million total members, and the user base is still growing to this day. The most prevalent countries are the Netherlands and the United States, the latter of which has 1,100,000 members. There are 600,000 active weekly members on the site, so there’s always something happening among the chatrooms and online groups.
More than half of the members are swinger couples, and this includes straight, gay, and lesbian partnerships. Among individual users, there tend to be more males than females, especially between the ages of 18 and 34. SDC is open to all sexual orientations and the community is very good about not discriminating against anyone.
Creating A Profile
Every person (or couple) gets a personal profile upon registering on the SDC. This is your chance to creatively express your preferences and sexuality. You can go all out describing your kinks and what turns you on. Profiles can get very detailed if users take their time. Besides entering an email address and password, username, and location, you can specify your kinks, fetishes, and more. One of the first things you have to do is add a headline for your profile as well as a brief bio about yourself. The site even gives you hints as to what you can say to help speed up the process.
While you don’t have to upload a profile picture, you’ll have lots more success if you do. Keep in mind that images need to be approved by the administrative team before they can be published. You can also deem certain images to public and others private. Other personal details include your swing status, what kind of relationship or partner you’re looking for, and if you’re signing up as an individual or a couple. You can also sign up as a business. This is for bars and clubs that want to register on the site and share their locations with members to host future events.
Upon registering, you’ll be offered a premium membership subscription, which you can accept or skip. A 7-day free trial is available to new members, although it doesn’t include all premium features, such as messaging. You’ll also get a verification email that you need to open before you start perusing the site.
Using the Site
Navigating the site takes some getting used to, especially since it caters to a more fringe lifestyle. There are lots of things on the platform, so it takes a while to see where everything is and how to use the different menu items. The design isn’t the most intuitive, but it’s not terrible either. The design is mostly dark and black and doesn’t seem to reflect the fun and exciting vibe that SDC tries to put out. That being said, it’s a functional site even if it is aesthetically boring.
There are free search options, and they can be quite detailed. For instance, you can search for users who are currently online or those who are traveling to your city. The menu on the left-hand side of the platform holds all of your user options. The Explore tab is where you can see who’s online as well as search for specific members. The “Laidar” feature shows you a map of swinger couples and singles in your geographic area. The Speed Dating tab is where you can browse profiles that are ready for a nightly adventure or a weekend rendezvous. There’s also a New Members tab, which is self-explanatory.
The Blog and Video tabs feature user-submitted content, much of which is X-rated. The site periodically runs photo contests in which you can upload your sexy pictures. It’s not clear what the prize is; maybe bragging rights? The Validation tab is where members rate other users’ pictures and content and is meant to help differentiate real accounts from fakes. There’s a chat room feature that is free to enter but requires premium membership to interact with others. The chatrooms are overseen by site moderators. Likewise, messaging requires a membership, and as a premium member, you can access one-on-one conversations.
Finding A Match
Unlike traditional online dating sites, you won’t get any instant matches on SDC. However, you can use comprehensive search filters to find suitable contenders. You can also find a match by going to one of the local events in your area. SDC has a Parties/Clubs tab that shows you upcoming events in your city. These parties and get-togethers are swinger-centric. There are even international cruises and trips that members can join.
Use the Explore menu to see who’s online right now, join the Speed Dating community, share your travel plans so you can meet up with users in other cities, watch member-posted videos, find a nearby club or party, use the Validation tool. Keep in mind that most of these features are only available to paying members.
Moreover, you can use the Connect menu to access your instant messages and emails, view your contacts and friends list, and join a chatroom or group. You can also access the Voyeur Cam, where you can see couples getting hot on camera.
When you visit someone’s profile, you can see their physical description, any public photos they uploaded, as well as their bio. You can add your notes and bookmark that profile as well. If you’re really into them, like their profile or invite them to a community event. Some people have sexually explicit profile pictures, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to filter these out of your search results. Overall, finding a match on SDC isn’t too hard, and it’s not uncommon to start getting messages within minutes of signing up.
SDC is available in nine languages, including Spanish, French, Portuguese, German, and Dutch. There is also a mobile app for iPhone and Android. The app mimics the desktop version and has 4.4 out of 5 stars on the Google Play Store. The wider SDC site (away from the dating platform) has an informative blog with articles on things like STIs, polyamory, and much more. You can find users who are interested in your erotic fantasies, explore LGBTQ+ groups, get information about sexual health, and more.
The SDC platform is relatively easy to use, but it has lots of banner ads and free users will repeatedly get a pop-up asking them to upgrade to a premium membership. As for policies, SDC is strict about refunds, and won’t return any money unless there’s a major issue with the online system. In other words, you won’t get a refund if you’re dissatisfied with the site.
Individuals can contact the company at SDC Media LLC 2054 Kildaire Farm Road #428, Cary, NC 27511 USA. The toll-free phone number is 1-866-417-9956 and the support email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon signing up for the site, you get the feeling that the administrators care about user safety. For instance, the registration box prompts you to enter valid details, not just that you’re looking for sex or a good time. There are also lots of privacy and message settings, and you can control who you block and what other users can see from you. There’s a reporting and blocking feature if you come across anyone who’s offensive.
Another safety measure is that you need to verify your account before you can start using the site. Administrators are strict about scammers and fake accounts on the platform, and other users are pretty good about calling out fakes. Therefore, it’s safe to say that the majority of profiles on this site are real. One disclaimer is that there are lots of explicit photos on SDC, and there doesn’t seem to be a way to filter these out, so that can be a downside for many people.
The membership prices on SDC are a bit higher than average, but you can always use the site for free. That said, you’ll have far less access than a premium member. As a non-paying swinger, you can use the Speed Dating feature, invite friends, upload images and videos, post events, receive messages, and join a chat room. Premium members can access all the free features plus unlimited messaging, one-on-one communication, webcam chat rooms, see public and private profile pictures, contribute to the blog, access the Voyeur Cam, and participate in photo contests.
A 7-day free premium (limited-access) trial is available for new members. There is one type of paid membership, and you can choose from short or long-term plans. A one-month subscription costs $29.95; three months is $19.98 per month ($59.95 total); and six months is $16.66 per month ($99.95 total). A one-year plan costs $12.50 a month ($149.95 total). Finally, you can opt for a lifetime membership for $250. You are billed upfront, so you pay the amount in full at the start. Memberships automatically renew, so keep track of when you sign up. You can pay by credit or debit card, cash, or bank transfer.
What can I do with a free membership?
You can visit other people’s profile pages and check out their public photos. You can also join the Speed Dating community, find other users in your area, or join a chatroom and passively watch the conversations.
Is SDC safe?
Yes. The company does its best to keep scammers and fake accounts away, and it posts health and safety information, along with dating tips, on its website. Members always have the opportunity to block or report anyone who harasses or offends them.
What’s a second location?
You can identify a second geographic location for yourself if you regularly travel or frequent another city often. The second location needs to be at least 15 miles away from your primary location.
What if I sign up as a couple and want to change to an individual profile?
You can do that. Just go to the Support page and contact customer service telling them you want to alter your profile’s swing status.
Does SDC offer discreet billing?
You will be billed by SDC.com, which isn’t discreet but isn’t an obvious swinger name either.
How do I delete my profile?
Go to your account settings by clicking the icon in the top right-hand corner of the screen. From there, you can access your privacy settings as well as manage your account and delete it if you wish.