Our ten swimming pools around the city offer modern aquatics facilities and changing areas. Many also offer a sauna, jacuzzi or steam room and you can relax in the café with a healthy snack. Be sure to check out the authentic Turkish Baths at Portobello Swim Centre. Pools are open early until late with flexible session times so dip in when it works for you.
Pool Timetables: 16th April - 1st July (term time) 2018
Adult to Child Swim Ratios
Please note that the following safety ratio guidance applies at all of our swimming pools. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.
Under 5 - One adult to one child. Or; one adult to two children if they both wear armbands
5 to 8 years old - One adult to two children with or without armbands
Mixed Ages - One adult to one under 5 and one 5 to 8 years old if the under 5 is wearing armbands
Aquadash runs at the weekends and during school holidays (unless we have an event running)
New blocks are released one month in advance on the 1st of every month (e.g. June sessions are released on 1st May). Have a look at the Aquadash site to see what's available.
Please note - the whole month can sell out very fast!
Our swimming pools are for everyone! Whether it's for a fun family afternoon out, an hour counting laps or just time to unwind, we have a swim option for you.
Learn to swim
We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional quality learn to swim programme for all ages and abilities, delivered by an experienced swim teacher team.
Swim for fitness
If you’re looking to perfect stroke technique and improve fitness in the pool, our range of swim fitness classes are designed for you.
Water-based exercise classes
Take the pressure off. Our fitness classes in the water provide an effective low-impact workout (without straining the joints) - great for all ages.
Swim and dive education
Interested in becoming a lifeguard, swim teacher, dive/swim coach or first aider? We are proud to offer a range of courses open to everyone.
Many of Edinburgh’s local aquatics clubs use our swimming pools for their coaching sessions.
Save money with a swim membership. Enjoy unlimited access to all our pools, saunas, steam rooms and Turkish Baths at Portobello. Our instructor-led swimming classes, Skills and Drills, Powerswim and Masters are included. You'll also get up to 25% off other selected activities including the gym, climbing, racquet sports and golf.
To find out more about joining, select your favourite venue from below and click 'View Membership Options' to see what's on offer.
Feel Good - the benefits of swimming
Swimming is a great way to increase fitness and strength and is suitable for all ages.
Here are some of the benefits you get from taking to the water:
- it burns calories
- improves your muscle tone and strength
- helps your heart and lungs
- improves your fitness and flexibility
- avoids straining joints and muscles
- will give you a boost and make you feel happier