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.
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.
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 centre||Swimming timetable||Notes|
|Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre||Note: this timetable is under review.|
|Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre||Freeman'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.
Thursday 30 October - Reduced pool availability 11.30am to 2.00pm - Nick Gillingham's Swim Clinic
|Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre|
|Spennymoor Leisure Centre||During peak periods the Waves, slide and splash sessions will be limited to a minimum swim time of 50 minutes.|
|Teesdale Leisure Centre|
|Woodhouse Close Leisure Complex||Woodhouse Close Swimming Pool Timetable - Holidays (PDF, 224kb)|
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.
The following swimming pool is managed by Harpers Fitness (Leisure Connection Ltd) in partnership with us. For more information please visit the 1Life website.
There are also a number of School swimming pools offering various aquatic activities.
Our pools operate an admissions policy to ensure a safe environment for all customers. All our pools follow the guidelines below:
*Please note that Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre's small pool operates under the 'all other pools' policy due to the adjustable floor.
Contact individual leisure centres for more information, or use our activity finder to help plan your leisure time today
Speedo have recalled the Speedo Sea Squad Float Vest for ages 1-2, 2-4, 4-6 years. If you have purchased this item from one of our swimming pools please return the vest and a full refund will be given. We apologise for any inconvenience.
New vests will be available for sale at the swimming pools in about three to four weeks.
For more details about the product recall please download the following file: Speedo Sea Squad Product Recall Statement (PDF, 91kb)