Following the introduction of a new Scottish Swimming Framework we are changing our minimum pool depth from 0.92m to 1.25m throughout the week. The new pool depth is in line with the majority of our other venues and remains suitable for accompanied weak or non-swimmers. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to a member of staff for further details.

Royal Commonwealth Pool 

The ‘Commie Pool’ reopened in 2012, following extensive refurbishment which saw the building stripped back to its original shell and rebuilt retaining all of the listed features, revitalising this magnificent light and airy venue.  

A top-notch gym, three fitness studios and three pools mean there's is plenty of choice in terms of getting active. From a casual dip in the pool to a fast-paced fitness class, birthday party, tea in cake in our cafe or a trip to Clambers for soft play, we have plenty of fun activities for all the family to enjoy as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

We’ve got loads of different courses and coaching options available at the Commonwealth Pool. Take a look at the different options, filter by activity and courses for adults and juniors and get all the information you need to book. 

We are currently recruiting swim teachers to join our swim teams across Edinburgh!

Whether you are looking for a part-time and full time post, you can find hours to suit you in venues across the city. 

Apart from fun and fulfillment we offer one of the best rewards packages in the business, including free membership to all of our centres. All of which makes this job something of a catch.   

If you are interested in joining our swim team or interested to find out more then just click here.

It was 7pm on Friday the 16th of January 1970 when The Royal Commonwealth Pool swung open its doors to the public for the very first time.  Fast-forward 50 years and this iconic venue continues to be a world-class facility for the people of Edinburgh, building on a remarkably rich history including three Commonwealth Games.

Throughout January, we have a free exhibition in the foyer looking back at The Commie through the years.  We hope you can pop along to have a look and also share your memories on our postcards available at reception.

Here's to the next 50 years of The Royal Commonwealth Pool!

Whether you love to hit the pool or tackle the squat rack, we've got a range of facilities you can use on your fitness journey.


Enjoy aquatic activities and coaching in our 3 pools – a 50m main pool with eight lanes, a 25m teaching pool & a 25m diving pool.  

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Dive from the same board as Tom Daley! Our diving pool with springboards and platforms is open for public sessions as well as classes and courses.

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Fitness Classes

Our three fitness studios offer over 90 classes covering all categories from high energy, conditioning, dance, water-based to exercise for mind & body.

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Our largest gym, complete with a training area,70 pieces of equipment with treadmills, bikes, cross trainers and rowers, most with integrated TV screens and mp3 docks.

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Clambers Soft Play

An aquatic theme for kids to explore and designed so parents can supervise easily and children can play freely all within a securely gated area. 

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Choose from a wide range of sports coaching for children and adults, too. Browse from courses in gymnastics, dance, swimming, diving and more. 

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Open All Hours

Nothing to do, nowhere to go, spent your allowance? If you’re in S1-S6, Open All Hours could be the answer. Come try out a gym or swim sessions.

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Birthday Parties

Our dedicated party room offers a variety of catering options. We can help make the party even more special by organising an adults’ sharing platter and coffee, cakes and hot rolls to be available within the party room! 

Party packages and catering available at Clambers:

Softplay Party (babies - 10 years)

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Disabled Use

We are proud to offer facilities for people with additional support needs. Our venues are as accessible as possible and display accessibility symbols.

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If you’re from S1 to age 15, you can still use the Commonwealth Pool’s gym. In our NRG Zone sessions, you can learn to use the gym with expert instructors in a structured and safe environment. Once you’ve completed a minimum of five sessions, you can become accredited in our gyms to work out with minimal supervision.

If you’re not interested in doing this, you can do one of our Youth Circuit classes, which you can drop into without getting accreditation. 

Fast-Track accreditation during holidays - 5-day camp runs 10.00 - 11.00 from Mon 10th - Fri 14th Feb click here

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It's not all lengths and reps at the Commonwealth Pool. Take a look at what else you can use the venue for:

Cafe Refresh

Relax with a healthy snack after a workout in our comfortable Refresh cafe with free WiFi or 'grab and go' with tea, coffee, juice, fruit, cereal, sandwiches, soup and more. In a rush? You can pre-order on the way in and we’ll have it ready for you to pick up on your way out.

We are committed to reducing single use items at Edinburgh Leisure. Bring a reusable cup to any Café Refresh and save 15p on any hot drink.

Meeting Room Hire

We've got spaces for everything from small informal meetings to seminars and team days. 

For more information, contact our bookings team on 0131 667 72111 or email us.

Sports Therapy

Our sports therapy room is equipped with massage table and adjoining bathroom/changing area. Appointments available during building opening hours for regular or one-off bookings.  

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