Swimming is great at any age. Whether you want to improve your technique, get fit, meet new friends, compete or have fun, you're sure to find a pool session that you'll love. All Swimming Classes can be seen on the weekly programme timetable
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 the Eltham Centre. Our Swim for Fitness sessions take place in slow, medium and fast lanes, so you can take things at your own pace.
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 swimming goggles.
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!
Better Swim School teaches more than 90,000 swimmers throughout the UK and teaches over 8,500 swimmers across the five pool facilities in Greenwich:
- Charlton Lido and Lifestyle Club - Seasonal lesson
- Eltham Centre
- Greenwich Centre
- Thamesmere Leisure Centre
- Waterfront Leisure Centre
Our swim school programme is designed to be flexible and affordable. Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Amateur Swimming Association'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...
Lessons are delivered on a rolling programme that allows pupils to join at any stage and progress at their own pace. Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period.
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.
Better Swim Memberships
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, 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, we won’t tie you in to a long term contract, giving you greater flexibility.