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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.

What's available at our swimming pools?

We provide a wide range of activities across nine swimming pools, including:

For information on our new swimming membership check out our Swimming Membership Leaflet 2017 (PDF, 1Mb)

We are also the home of several swimming and aquatic clubs across the county. Five leisure centres have 25 metre pools and a learner pool, and Spennymoor is a leisure pool with a wave machine and water slide.

Swimming timetables

Download all our pool swimming timetables here.

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.

Your family's safety - supervising children

Your family's safety is a top priority. Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult. You must also supervise children taking into account their swimming ability and the water depth. We operate an admissions policy to ensure a safe environment for everyone:

Pool typeChildren's ageNumber of adults
Pools below 1m depth0-7One adult per two children
All other pools
(Please note that this includes Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre's small pool due to its adjustable floor.)
0-3One adult per child
4-7One adult per two children

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.