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.
See fitness classes or download 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.
Sign-up for an annual gym or swim membership online, or see our leisure centre memberships page for more information about our memberships, including prices.
|Leisure centre||Swimming timetable|
|Chester-le-Street Leisure Centre|
|Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre|
Please note - there are changes to our current timetable due to maintenance issues. Please contact us to check the pool is open before you arrive.
|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|
All timetables are subject to change without notice. Information about any changes to timetables and temporary pool closures can be found on the relevant leisure centre page. Please contact individual centres for details.
What's available at our swimming pools?
We provide a wide range of activities across nine swimming pools, including:
- swimming lessons
- general and family swimming sessions
- aqua classes -
- slide, wave and splash sessions at our pool at Spennymoor Leisure Centre
- Splashability - swimming sessions for children and young people with disabilities
- Dementia friendly swimming at Freeman's Quay, Chester-le-Street, Spennymoor and Teesdale leisure centres.
- Sink 2 Swim 12 week challenge - an ideal introduction to swimming and a meaningful challenge in its own right:
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.
The following swimming pools are operated by in partnership with Leisure Works (Derwentside Trust for Sport and Arts) in conjunction with us. For more information please visit the Leisureworks website.
- Consett Academy and Leisure 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 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 type||Children's age||Number of adults|
|Pools below 1m depth||0-7||One 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.)
|0-3||One adult per child|
|4-7||One adult per two children|