SWIMMING WITH BETTER
Swimming’s a great way to have fun and get healthy, whatever your age or level of ability.
At Ships and Castles Leisure Centre, our swimming pool is packed with fun features including the regions longest flume, and a series of water play features. Our fun swim sessions are a must for all the family however we also offer lane swimming for those who prefer a more leisurely swim.
Our beach area is perfect for litlle swimmers who are looking to build their water confidence.
This means that 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.
SWIM FOR FUN
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 sessions at Ships & Castles Leisure Centre swimming pool.
With lots of exciting features including a wave machine which brings the thrill of the ocean indoors and a river run (Extreme Aqua Splash sessions only) which sweeps you along at an exciting speed, there’s something to make swimming fun for kids of all ages – and mum and dad too.
These features are activated about every 20 minutes (during Aqua Splash sessions only).
Take a look at our swimming timetable by clicking below:
SWIM FOR FITNESS
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 Ships and Castles Leisure Centre.
Our Swim for Fitness sessions take place in slow/medium and fast lanes, so you can take things at your own pace.
Contact a member of the team today:
BETTER SWIM MEMBERSHIP
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.
ENSURE YOU GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR FITNESS SWIM
• 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.
People of different standards and abilities will use the pool. Please
respect their right to enjoy their swim.
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.
Please follow the directional signs and move across to the
appropriate side of the lane for each length.
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.
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.
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
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
Celebrate your achievements and share your swimming stories
with us on social media using #betterswimming, we’d love to hear them!