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Gym or aqualearn member at one of our leisure centres? We need to confirm your contact details are correct ahead of issuing new membership cards later in the year.

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Swimming


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.

Price changes 

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:

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.

Swimming timetables

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. 

Leisure centreSwimming timetableNotes
Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre

Chester-le-Street Swimming Pool Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Chester-le-Street Swimming Pool Timetable - holidays (PDF, 1Mb)

 
Freeman's Quay Leisure CentreFreeman's Quay Swimming Timetable (PDF, 231kb)

Please note: on Thursdays, four lanes will be booked out for Durham City Amateur Swimming Club between 8.00pm and 9.00pm

  • Friday 22 May: 12.00pm-4.00pm large pool closed for swimming gala
  • Sunday 21 June: 11.00am-12.00pm large pool close for an additional hour due to a swimming gala 
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre

Newton Aycliffe Term Time Swim Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Newton Aycliffe Holiday Swim Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

 
Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Spennymoor Swimming Pool Term Time Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

Spennymoor Swimming Pool Holiday Timetable (PDF, 1Mb)

During peak periods the waves, slide and splash sessions will be limited to a minimum swim time of 50 minutes.

Teesdale Leisure Centre

Teesdale Swimming Pool Term Time Timetable (PDF, 677kb)

Teesdale Swimming Pool Holiday Timetable (PDF, 692kb)

 
Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex

Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Termtime (PDF, 1Mb)

Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Holidays (PDF, 1Mb)

 

Other pools

The following swimming pools are operated by Leisure Works (Derwentside Trust for Sport and Arts) in conjunction with us. For more information please visit the Leisureworks website.

  • Belle Vue Swim Centre
  • Louisa Centre

The following swimming pool is managed by Harpers Fitness (Leisure Connection Ltd) in partnership with us. For more information please visit the 1Life website.

  • Peterlee Leisure Centre

There are also a number of School swimming pools offering various aquatic activities.

Admissions policy

Our pools operate an admissions policy to ensure a safe environment for all customers. All our pools follow the guidelines below:

  • Pools below 1m depth* - children aged 0-7 years. One adult per two children
  • All other pools - children aged 0-3 years. One adult per child; Children aged 4-7 years. One adult per two children

*Please note that Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre's small pool operates under the 'all other pools' policy due to the adjustable floor.

Other activities

  • 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. 

For more information visit Amateur Swimming Association: Dementia Friendly Swimming Hub

 

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