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Due to the national lockdown, our leisure centres remain closed for the time being. Read more at activenottingham.com/coronavirus

Public swimming

Take the plunge!

Together we can keep everyone safe while enjoying a swim

We're really excited to start welcoming you back into our pools, and we've got sessions for everyone.

Lane swimming: For those aged 14+ to swim lengths. Fast, medium and slow speed lanes will be available. No butterfly stroke permitted.

Fast lane swimming: A swim for those aged 14+ to swim lengths. Fast lanes only. Suitable for club level and performance swimmers. No butterfly stroke permitted. Maximum of 6 swimmers per lane.

Relaxation swimming: For adults aged 17+ to swim at a relaxed pace in a designated lane(s).

Family Zone Swimming: A fun swimming session in your own designated area of the pool. Can only be attended by a maximum of 6 people in the same household/bubble. Visit activenottingham.com/family-swim for ratios and more information.

Note: our flumes at Clifton and Southglade Leisure Centre remain closed, in line with Government Covid-19 guidance.

We've put plans in place to make sure you're safe when you use our centres. Have a great time!

For general swims, users should:

  • Shower at home before and after their swim*.
  • Arrive beach-ready – Changing facilities are available on exit only. Swimmers can remove and store their outer layer of clothing in a locker.
  • Follow centre and pool instructions for using the centre.

In the centre:

  • Follow all guidance from the team.
  • Follow one-way systems and pay attention to signage.
  • Make regular use of hand-washing facilities/sanitiser stations.
  • No spectators are allowed for lane swimming.

In the pool:

  • Follow directions for entry and exit and throughout your visit.
  • Choose the correct lane to swim for your own ability. Change lanes if you find you are in the wrong lane.
  • No overtaking while swimming.
  • Check distance in front before pushing off from the side.
  • Follow the advice and guidance of lifeguards and other team members.

*In accordance with latest government guidelines shower facilities are limited to people with Disabilities.  Please notify a member of staff when you arrive if you need to access these facilities.


  • Respect others who are of different standards and abilities.
  • Avoid physical contact with other users.
  • Maintain social distancing at all times.
  • When the pool is busy, wide strokes such as butterfly should be avoided.
  • Change lanes depending on stroke and speed, adhering to the six per lane maximum.
  • Keep at the wall when using resting points. Other swimmers may keep on swimming without stopping, so turn your head away from the swimmers to maintain social distancing.


  • Stay hydrated by bringing your own pre-filled water bottle to the poolside during your swim.
  • Bring your own equipment, such as floats.

Raring to go?

Remember: pre-booking and paying in advance is now mandatory for all activities.

Fancy a swim?

Take the plunge!

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