Swimming Introduction

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

At Highgrove Pool and Fitness Centre we have 2 swimming pools. A 33.3m x 12.8m main swimming pool and a smaller heated 12.8 x 9.8m teaching pool.

We are linked with dedicated swimming clubs, we offer parent-and-child swim sessions and more. Which 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 swim sessions at Highgrove Pool and Fitness Centre.

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


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.

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

Swim school

Better Swim School teaches more than 90,000 swimmers throughout the UK.

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:

The Lessons

  • One-to-one sessions
  • Under 5s
  • Junior Learn to Swim Lessons
  • Adult Learn to Swim lessons
  • Diving (Junior and Adult)


Progress Tracking

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

Features include:

  • Once registered, you'll be able to log in to access information and updates directly from your swimming instructor.
  • Better Swim School provides an online tool, Home Portal that helps you to track your progress or your child's progress in the pool.
  • 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, as these must be worn for every lesson.
  • 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.
  • Pay Online - skip the queue and go straight to your lesson. 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.



Payment Options

There are 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.
  • As an added bonus, customers paying by monthly Direct Debit are entitled to free swimming during general swimming sessions.
  • All payments can be easily managed online through your Home Portal.

Swim party


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. We’ll even take care of the cleaning up afterwards.

Mums and dads, uncles and aunties, nan's and grandad's are welcome too of course, whether you want to get involved in the games or enjoy the proceedings from the touchline.

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 membership may be for you.

All membership options


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