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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.

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Our pools

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. Six leisure centres have 25 metre pools and a learner pool, and Spennymoor is a leisure pool with a wave machine and water slide.

Aqua classes

The aqua jump class at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre on Wednesday at 7.00pm is currently not available.

See fitness classes or download Icon for pdf Aqua class timetable (PDF, 166.3kb)  to find out about our pool based classes - including aqua cycle and aqua jump. Don't forget you can use our leisure centre to book a class or activity online and see timetable information.

Join online

Sign-up for a gym or swim membership online, or see our leisure centre memberships page for more information about our memberships, including prices.

Other pools

Peterlee Leisure Centre is managed by Harpers Fitness (Leisure Connection Ltd) in partnership with us.

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 eight years 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
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