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Swimming’s a great way to have fun and get healthy, whatever your age or level of ability.

At Bath Sports & Leisure Centre we have 3 swimming pools. Our main pool is a six lane 25m main swimming pool. We also have a smaller teaching pool that's dedicated to our Swim School programme. Finally, we have a heated leisure pool, with flume and water play features.

When it comes to developing your skills, teaching your child, holding a party or just having fun, there’s never been a better time to take the plunge.




At Better, we believe that swimming should be fun and exciting for all the family. That’s why you’ll find a wide range of fun swim sessions at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre swimmng pools. 

From parent & baby sessions, fun swims to inflatable sessions there’s something to make swimming fun for kids of all ages – and mum and dad too.

Did you know that you can pre-book your space on one of our fun swims in the leisure pool?




If you’re looking for a low-impact way to get fit and healthy, swimming could be the perfect choice. And whatever your fitness levels, age or level of ability, you’re sure to find a session for you at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre

Our Swim for Fitness sessions take place in slow, medium and fast lanes, so you can take things at your own pace.



Better Swim School teaches more than 90,000 swimmers throughout the UK and teaches over 1,800 swimmers across the 3 facilities in Bath and North Somerset which are;

Our swim school programme is designed to be flexible and affordable, with prices starting from as little as £4.20 per lesson.

Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Swim England's National Learn to Swim teaching plan. We support all swimmers to progress and take the plunge, whatever their level of ability. Suitable for all age groups, our classes include:

  • One-to-one sessions
  • Under 5s
  • Junior Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Adult lessons
  • And much, much more...

On your first visit you can collect your child's membership card from reception. You'll also get a free swimming hat from your swimming teacher, which should be worn for every lesson.


Progress Tracking

Better Swim School provides an online tool, Home Portal that helps you to track your progress or your child's progress in the pool.

Once you book a course, it's easy to set up an account using your unique barcode number.

Once registered, you'll be able to log in to access information and updates directly from your swimming instructor.

Features include:

  • Record of Achievement - clear and regular updates on progress, including achievements and areas for improvement.
  • Book Lessons - choose dates, times and Swim School Stage
  • One account for multiple children - perfect for schools and families.
  • Allowing you to move up unto the next class upon successful progression.
  • Printing your Parent Barcode to gain quick access to our centres at lesson times.
  • Pay Online - skip the queue and go straight to your lesson.


The Lessons

Lessons are delivered on a rolling programme that allows pupils to join at any stage and progress at their own pace.

For those who want to make waves quickly, one-to-one lessons are available, as well as intensive courses during the holidays.

Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period.


Payment Options

There are three quick and easy ways to pay:

  • A convenient monthly Direct Debit of 12 equal payments allowing you to spread the cost across the year.*
  • A hassle-free upfront annual payment.
  • Pay as you go - make an upfront payment for 10 or 14 weeks and renew at any time

All payments can be easily managed online through your Home Portal.

As an added bonus, customers paying by monthly Direct Debit are entitled to free swimming during general swimming sessions.



At Better we want swimming to be accessible by everyone so we have a number of specialist sessions including:

  • Disabilty Sessions
  • 50+ Years Only Sessions
  • Under 5s



When it comes to your child's birthday party, BETTER has everything all wrapped up.

With friendly, expert supervision and loads of fun activities, your child’s sure to have a party that gets the whole playground talking.

If you’re looking for a birthday that makes a real splash, our swimming parties are brilliant for all ages - and we’ll even take care of the cleaning up afterwards!

Mums and dads, uncles and aunties, nans and grandads are welcome too of course, whether you want to get involved in the games or enjoy the proceedings from the viewing balcony. Whatever your choice you can sit back, relax and watch them enjoy their special day.



Want to join a club but unsure where to go or who to approach?

Please find below a list of local swimming clubs which use a Better leisure centre within Bath and North East Somerset:

Club name

Better leisure centre

Keynsham Seals Keynsham Leisure Centre
Bath Dolphins Bath Sports & Leisure Centre
Keynsham Swimming Club Keynsham Leisure Centre
Keynsham Lifesaving Club Keynsham Leisure Centre



If it's just swimming that you're interested in, our single activity swimming membership means you'll get unlimited access to swimming. 

If you're looking to use the gym and classes too, our Better health & fitness may be for you.


Aquatics Pathway



Better Swim Etiquette
  • Pre Cleanse
    Please help us to keep your pool clean by following our
    Swim Hygiene guidelines by showering and using the toilet
    facilities before you swim.
  • Respect
    People of different standards and abilities will use the pool. Please
    respect their right to enjoy their swim.
  • Speed
    Choose your lane using the fast, medium and slow signs and by
    watching those already swimming. Before pushing off at each
    turn, check to see if anyone faster is approaching.
  • Direction
    Please follow the directional signs and move across to the
    appropriate side of the lane for each length.
  • Space
    Try and leave at least 5 metres between yourself and another
    swimmer and if it’s possible to see a pace clock, then a 5 second
    gap is just as good.
  • Strokes
    Wide stokes such as butterfly and breaststroke should be avoided
    when the lanes become busy. If you change to a slower stroke as
    part of your session, think about moving lanes.
  • Equipment
    Fitness swimming training equipment, such as fins and hand
    paddles, is permitted at the discretion of the lifeguard and based
    on capacity. Snorkels can be used in conjunction with conventional
    swimming goggles.
  • Resting
    Whether stopping for a rest or catching your breath after
    completing your swim, please be mindful that others using the
    lane will want to keep on swimming without stopping
  • Share
    Celebrate your achievements and share your swimming stories
    with us on social media using #betterswimming, we’d love to hear them!

Health Checks

The Healthwise team in Bath and North East Somerset are now offering complete health checks at your local Better leisure Centre.

These health checks include: Blood pressure, Heart Rate, Total Cholesterol & HDL, Weight, Height,  BMI, Body Fat %, Waist circumference, Lung Function including Peak Flow & Forced expiratory volume. 

£20 for members £25 for non members. 

To find out more and to book your place, please email Healthwise.banes@gll.org