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We currently have over 3,700 children in the Better Belfast Swim School citywide. Ensure your child is one of these. Swimming gets kids active and is a life skill, as well as a life saving skill.

At Shankill we offer swimming lessons six days a week for children from as young as 3 years old. Our programme teaches kids fundamentals, water confidence, and the four main strokes in a safe and fun environment.

Continuous and ongoing assessments mean that as your child progresses they can move up through the stages at anytime, unlike most swim schools that confine pupils to a term/block.

You can also track their progress through the home portal.  Once registered, you'll be able to log in to access information and updates directly from your swimming instructor.

Better is also affiliated with the best clubs in Belfast should you want your child to progress to club level and swim competitively.

Available for as little as £4.74 per lesson (£18.95 per month direct debit) with no contract or cancellation fee. 

Book swimming lessons


Better swim school info

 We currently have a waiting list in place to expand our programme of  swimming lessons.  

Register your interest for baby swimming lessons and adult lessons.


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 Swimming is great at any age. 

If you’re looking for a low-impact way to get fit and healthy, swimming could be the perfect choice, whatever your fitness levels, age or level of ability.

Improve your technique, get fit, meet new friends, compete or swim for fun here at Shankill, you're sure to find a pool session that you'll love.

Adult swim £4.50
Junior swim  £2.25

Please speak to us about our Better Pay and Play cards for discounted rates of up to 30% off activities.

Swimming pool timetable


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If it's just swimming that you're interested in, for only £21.50 per month our single activity swimming membership means you'll get unlimited access to swimming.

If you're looking to use the gym and fitness classes too, we offer a wide range of memberships with options to suit every budget. Everything from Pay and Play, to monthly or annual Prepaid memberships. What’s more, there is no joining fee and no contract, giving you greater flexibility. 

Join today

 Did you know our swim school pupils can enjoying swimming for free as part of their membership? 

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Our family friendly sessions give you the opportunity to enjoy the health, social and recreational benefits of swimming – allowing parents and children to become fitter, whilst enjoying quality time together.

Every Saturday & Sunday


Shankill leisure pool is ideal for splashing around and having some fun.  

Floats and toys are provided during family fun sessions and pool time is unlimited so you are welcome to stay for the waves when the session finishes.

£9.90 for 2 adults and 3 kids 

or £7.80 with a Pay & Play card


Come along to one of our energetic classes at Shankill.  It is guaranteed to put a smile on your face. 

New class time

Thursday 7pm-8pm

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Exclusive use hire is available for club swimming, kayaking, parties and group bookings.  

Please contact the bookings manager for pricing and availabilty.

Call 02895213845 or

Enquire here


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Train to become a lifeguard here at Shankill.

We regularly host RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualifications through the GLL College to equip candidates with the skills in pool rescue, CPR and first aid necessary for a job in lifeguarding. 

For more information on the next upcoming course or to book online go to