Swimming at Manchester Aquatics Centre


Our superb main pool here at the MAC hosted the 2002 Commonwealth Games. We have a variety of sessions available for swimming including:

  • Swim for All
  • Swim for Adults
  • Lane Swimming
  • Family Fun

We are very proud to host COMAST and COMWP here at the MAC and clubs from the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University.


50m Pool Sessions


50m swimming sessions will be available at the Manchester Aquatics Centre on the following days and times:

  • Monday - Friday 06.30 to 08.30
  • Thursday 20:30 - 22:00
  • Sunday - 18:30 - 22:00

We hope to welcome you to these sessions very soon.


Free Swimming for Manchester over 60s


Did you know? If you are a Manchester resident aged 60 and over that you are eligible for Free Swimming at Better swimming pools across the City?

To be eligible for this programme you must be aged 60 or over, and live in Manchester.

Proof of age and residency is therefore required at the time of registration. Proof of age could include a bus pass, driving licence, passport, birth certicate etc. Proof of residency could include a utility bill, such as your Council Tax bill.

Once registered you can access any Swim for All session free of charge! Swimming lessons, water workout sessions and instructor-led sessions are not included.

The free Swimming scheme is available at:

Abraham Moss Leisure Centre
Arcadia Library & Leisure Centre
East Manchester Leisure Centre
Hough End Leisure Centre
Moss Side Leisure Centre
Manchester Aquatics Centre
Moss Side Leisure Centre
North City Family & Fitness Centre
Wythenshawe Forum


The Better Swim School


We are 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. You will find the Better Swim School here at Manchester Aquatics Centre too.

We provide:

  • Friendly fully qualified teachers
  • Lesson plans designed by swimming experts in accordance with the ASA Learn to Swim Framework
  • Access to Home Portal- our online tool which allows you to track progress through the Learn to Swim Framework
  • A fully inclusive and accessible Learn to Swim Programme
  • Free badges and certificates for your child for those on our direct debit scheme
  • Free Swimming for those on our direct debit or annual payment schemes


NEW! Better Active Aqua


From 1st January 2017 our new programme of aquatic activities aimed at engaging inactive people will begin. Activities cost just £1 and include a whole host of sessions including:

  • Funquatics
  • Learn to Swim following the ASA framework
  • Aquacise
  • Demential Friendly swims
  • Female only swims
  • Mother & Daughter swim
  • And much much more