Types of Swimming
Whether you're looking to swim alone or with your family, we have bookable sessions running in our pools across Edinburgh. Jump into the city's only 50-metre pool, or take your pick from our other 25-metre pools.
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Visiting us for a swim session? Check out our activity guidelines for swimming before you arrive for your swim.
Adult Swim Sessions
Whether you are dipping in for your weekly swim or looking to improve your skills in the water - we have a range of adult swim sessions for you.
Enjoy 45 minute lane swimming sessions across Edinburgh. Our pools split into different lanes at the lifeguard's discretion.
You must be able to swim full lengths continuously to access our lane swimming sessions.
Lane swimming isn't for everyone.
Our adult only relaxed sessions are split across the width of the pool for shorter lengths. Or if you don't want to swim widths two areas will be open to just enjoy the water.
1-2-1 Swim Lessons
Hone your skills with our 1-2-1 swim and dive lessons. Whether you are looking to build confidence in the pool or perfect your technique our enthusiastic team will help guide, support and encourage you to achieve your goals - fast.
Reach your targets quicker with our expert 1-2-1 lessons!
Hone your skills in the water with our 1-2-1 swim and dive lessons.
Whether you are looking to build confidence in the pool or perfect your technique our enthusiastic team will help guide, support and encourage you to achieve your goals - fast. Our lessons are open to all ages and abilities, although the swim 1-2-1 session times are more suitable for adults.
Prices are £20 for a 25 minute session or £40 for 50 minutes. Bookings can be made up to a week in advance (or 8 days in advance if you have a membership card). Book via our App, or click here to book online.
Family Swim Sessions
Looking for a swim with your little one? We have swim sessions across the city to enjoy with your little one.
Family Swim (Shallow Water)
Make a splash with all the family. Up to 5 people can book into our 40 minute family sessions in shallow water. Great for little swimmers and grown ups alike.
Available at: Dalry, Drumbrae, Glenogle, Gracemount, Leith Victoria, Portobello, Queensferry High School and the Royal Commonwealth Pool
Please check out Adult:Child ratios before you book.
Family Swim (Deep Water)
Enjoy a swim in our deep end with up to 5 people in our 40 minute sessions.
You must be able to swim 25 metres confidently and unaided (without armbands or floats) to take part in these deep water sessions.
Under 5's Activities & ClassesHelp your little one to get active, learn new skills and more importantly have fun! With coached activities including swimming, dancing, football, diving, trampolining and gymnastics there's something for every little one to get involved and get moving with us.
Family Swim adult-to-child ratio
Under 5 - One adult to one child with or without armbands or one adult to two children with 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
Swim Sessions for Kids
If you're child loves the water check out our variety of swim sessions just for kids. There's something for all ages across the city!
Junior Swim Summer Sessions (9-15yrs)
For these junior-only sessions we will be removing all the lanes and giving you more freedom in the pool! It’s a great chance to meet up with friends and have some fun without the need to swim lengths. We are running the 45-minute sessions at four pools throughout the summer. If you have a Junior Membership, it’s all included! The non-member price is £2.80 per child.
Book online or via ‘Swim Bookings’ on the app. Bookings open 4 days in advance at 9pm for Swim Members and 3 days in advance at 9pm for non-members.
- Gracemount: Monday and Wednesday 12.30 – 13.15
- Leith Victoria: Tuesday 14.00 – 14.45 and Friday 13.00-13.45
- Drumbrae: Monday and Friday 10.30 – 12.15
- Queensferry: Tuesday 12.00 – 12.45 and Thursday 14.00-14.45
Adults can book these sessions on behalf of children using their own membership or pay-as-you-go account. Not sure of your member ID or not already set up an account? Click Here.
Judy's Story - Gracemount Leisure Centre and the Commie
It's not just a pool - it's my happy place.
"The swimming pool is my happy place, I'm so glad to be back."
Judy is a customer using our swimming pools at Gracemount Leisure Centre and the Commie. Yes, it's about keeping physically fit but swimming keeps you mentally fit too. You can completely escape in the water, and there's that feel good feeling afterwards too.
Listen to Judy's story about getting back to her happy place.
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