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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, including the much-loved Victorian baths at Leith Victoria. 

Our swim sessions are pre-book only and you must book online or via our app. To find out how to book, click here

Love the water? We've an incredible choice of fun in the pool for children and families this summer. Click on the names in bold below to find out more and see how to book.

Follow this link to see our full range of activities. Summer holidays - we've got it covered!

We offer lane swimming in pools across Edinburgh. Slots are 45 minutes long, with 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. For more information on session guidelines, click here

Lane swimming isn't for everyone, so we've introduced relaxed swim sessions. The pool will be split into widths instead of lengths to reduce the distance between ends.

The pool will be divided width-wise into four. Two of these areas will be for people wanting to swim widths, and customers won’t need to get out of the pool if they want a break so long as physical distancing is maintained. The other two areas will be for customers who just want to enjoy the water but not necessarily swim widths. 

Relaxed swim sessions are for adults only. Details on family swimming sessions can be found below. For more information on session guidelines, click here

You can now book Family Swim sessions for up to five people at all our open swim venues. To allow your family to swim together safely, you’ll be in a ‘tank’ ensuring you’re distanced from other groups.

Each session lasts for 40 minutes. Your group must adhere to the adult:child ratio, plus the current COVID-19 restrictions. For more information on session guidelines, click here.

You can now book online and via the app. Edinburgh Leisure Discount card holders and members can book 8 days in advance. Other customers can book 7 days in advance.  

If this session isn't suitable for your family due to accessibility reasons, please fill out this form and we will be in touch with you.

Deep end swim sessions are in a minimum water depth of 1.4 metres across our pools. For up to 5 people but everyone, adults and children, must be able to swim 25 metres confidently and unaided to take part in these deep water sessions. No swim aids (e.g. arm bands or floating rings) can be worn and current rules on different households meeting up apply.

For specific guidelines on deep end sessions, please click here.

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.

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

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