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Gateshead has a variety of excellent swimming pools, each offering facilities and sessions to suit a range of needs. Whether you're a family looking for a fun day out, lessons, or a lane to train in, then we have a pool to suit you.

Children under 4 years swim free at all of our pools.   

Children's swimming lessons 


Pre-school swimming lessons are available for children from 0 – 4 years where they will be taught water confidence and basic movement skills in a safe and fun environment. 

Children will progress through eight awards giving them the foundation skills they require to learn to swim. 

Children 4 years + will work their way through progressive stages which will teach them competence and confidence in the water, safe swimming, and enjoyment in the water.

How to enrol

To enrol, please call your local lesiure centre or register your interest online.

Register your interest in enrolling

Adult's swimming lessons


It’s never too late to learn. Take the plunge and learn to swim or improve your skills! 

We have adult swimming lessons for beginners, improvers, and for those who want to improve their stroke technique.

How to enrol

To enrol, please call your local lesiure centre or register your interest online.

Register your interest in enrolling

Lanes, adult only, male only and female only sessions

For those of you who prefer plenty of room to swim, or just peace and quiet, we have dedicated sessions for lane users, adults, males and females. These are available throughout the week at our leisure centres.  

Please check your centre's timetable for more details:

Birtley Swimming Centre pool timetable

Blaydon Leisure Centre pool timetable

Dunston Leisure Centre pool timetable

Gateshead Leisure Centre pool timetable

Heworth Leisure Centre pool timetable