Swimming is a great way for people of all ages and abilities to have fun, relax, compete, get fit, stay active and feel great. Being able to swim can help save lives and can give you the confidence to enjoy other water-based activities.
From 1 October 2015 prices are changing in our leisure centres. You'll also be able to take advantage of a new swimming membership which will allow you to swim at any of our council run pools. To find out about this and other changes please check our leisure centre changes page.
What's available at our swimming pools?
We provide a wide range of activities across nine swimming pools, including:
Splashability - swimming sessions for children and young people with disabilities
dementia friendly swimming
We are also the home of several swimming and aquatic clubs across the county. The six leisure centres listed below have 25 metre pools and a learner pool, except Spennymoor which is a leisure pool with a wave machine and water slide.
You can download each pool's swimming timetable below or use our leisure activity planner to help plan your swimming sessions.
Please note: Timetables are term-time unless specified. All timetables are subject to change without notice. Information about any changes to timetables and pool closures as a result of maintenance works, swimming competitions or for other reasons, is available on our news page. During the school holidays, our pool timetables vary. Please contact individual centres for details.
Amateur swimming clubs operate out of most centres.
Our leisure centres offer a wide range of water-based activities, from water polo to kayaking, scuba diving to synchronised swimming, and sea-doos to octopush.
Contact individual leisure centres for more information.
Dementia friendly swimming
We are working to improve the swimming experience for our community living with dementia in County Durham.
If you are living with dementia or care for someone who does, come and take part in one of our dementia friendly swimming sessions taking place at Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre and Teesdale Leisure Centre. You will be welcomed by staff specially trained to support you and ensure your experience is safe and enjoyable.