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Swimming

Overview

We offer an impressive range of swimming facilities across Reading. Each pool facility provides a full range of swimming courses, classes and sessions for all ages and abilities.

From Aqua Academy courses, which follow the Amateur Swimming Association National Plan for Teaching Swimming, to fun water play sessions, lane swimming and targeted sessions for specific groups, we've got something for all interests.

Swimming is a skill which can enhance your fitness, health and wellbeing throughout your life. Take the plunge and enjoy swimming regularly with RSL.

Please Note: Arthur Hill Pool & Fitness Studio is now closed. See our Leisure Sites section for full details.

 

Enjoy a splashing good day out

Why not pack a picnic and spend a day at Christchurch Meadows paddling pool and play park. The padding pool is open Monday - Sunday, 10.00am - 4.00pm (until 3 September). For location details please click here.

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Private Swimming Lessons

Private Swimming Lessons

Boost your swimming skills!

Swimming Admittance Policy & Safety

The following policy applies to all our swimming pool facilities:

  • Children under the age of 8 must be supervised in the pool by a responsible adult (16 years old or over).

  • Children under the age of 3 years swim free during General Swimming sessions.

  • During Reading school holidays, children can swim free during General Swimming sessions with a valid Your Reading Passport (Monday to Friday from centre opening until 4.55pm).

  • Children or babies who are not toilet trained must wear a swim nappy* under their swimwear. (*Available to purchase from reception)

  • Photographic equipment (including mobile phones) must not be used in the poolside viewing areas or changing room facilities.

  • Please listen and follow any instructions given by our lifeguards.

  • Appropriate swim wear (swim shorts*, or costume/bikini). No 'longboard' long shorts. *Long tight fitting bottoms are permitted due to religious beliefs.

  • Hair tied back.

  • No bulky jewellery.

  • Shower before entering the water.

     

Splashing Good Fun

Splashing Good Fun

Something for everyone, check out our swimming sessions.

Lane Swimming
Gentle Swim
P&T Splash
Bubbles Family Session
Family Swim
Women's Swim
Adult Swim

Don't forget, General Swimming is free at all RSL pools when you join our Active Membership Scheme (when you select swimming as an option). Visit our Membership section for full details.

If you want a party venue for active kids then a Pool Party is ideal. We offer a popular range of pool based parties, suitable for all ages:

Splash Party
Splash 'n' Slide Party
Dive Party
Slide 'n' Dive Party

View our Parties section for full details.

Useful Items to Purchase

Useful Items to Purchase

All our pools stock a range of products to enhance your visit, these include:

  • Arm Bands
  • Goggles
  • Nose Clips
  • Swim Nappies
  • Swim Hats
  • Ear Plugs
  • Shampoo Sachets

Products are available to purchase from reception.

FREE Holiday Swimming with Your Reading Passport

Your Reading Passport

Under 16's can swim for free during Reading School holidays with a valid Your Reading Passport as follows:

Monday to Friday
From 9.00am to 4.55pm
During General Swimming Sessions only

For details of how to obtain a Your Reading Passport click here.

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Central Swimming Pool Timetable

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Meadway Swimming Pool Timetable

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Holiday Swimming Leaflet

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