Swimming with Better

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

At Thornton Heath Leisure Centre we have two Swimming Pools. A 25m main pool and a training pool. We offer everything you need to take the plunge, build confidence, develop lifelong skills and get active while having fun in the water.

If you’re honing your swimming technique, or introducing your little one to the pool, you’re in great hands. We work closely with Swim England to provide lessons for both adults and children, from three months and upwards. What’s more, our comprehensive timetable for public swim and targeted sessions will keep you informed of all that's available at Thornton Heath Leisure Centre.  

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Better Swim School

Swimming is a vital life skill that everyone should have, whatever their age. And whether you’ve never been swimming before, or you’d just like to improve your technique, Thornton Heath Leisure Centre offers swimming lessons for all ages and abilities, at affordable prices.

Better is the largest provider of swimming lessons across the UK. Across the country, we help over 100,000 people learn to love the water and keep active, by becoming capable and confident swimmers. We work with National Governing Bodies to deliver our lessons and courses, which mean all our teachers are professional, passionate and pupil-focused. Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Swim England's National Learn to Swim Teaching Framework, so you’ll be in safe hands in the water. 



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 Thornton Heath Leisure Centre.

Our Swim for Adults sessions take place in slow, medium and fast lanes, so you can take things at your own pace. And if you’re looking for tips and extra motivation, our qualified instructors are on hand to discuss your training and technique.

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Thornton Heath Leisure Centre is fully equipped with the latest poolside hoist. The Poolpod lifts give you independent, comfortable access to the pool, getting you swimming quickly and easily.


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 swim sessions at your local swimming pool. Look out for our Swim for Families and Swim for All sessions on the pool timetable. There’s something to make swimming fun for kids of all ages – and mum and dad too.

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Help Us Keep Your Pool Clean

  • Shower thoroughly from ‘top to toe’ with soap before entering the pool to remove deodorant, cosmetics and perspiration
  • Use the toilet facilities before your swim and remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap
  • Babies should wear tight-fitting waterproof baby trunks whilst swimming rather than nappies
  • Please dispose of nappies, trunks and sanitary products in the bins provided
  • Do not swim if you have consumed a meal within the last two hours
  • Never swim if you have consumed alcohol or are under the influence of drugs
  • Do not swim if you are currently suffering from a cold or flu
  • Do not swim if you have suffered from food poisoning or diarrhoea within the last 14 days