Casual Swimming

Brand new in July 2016, Blackbrook Leisure Centre now has two pools: one 25m Pool and a 13m teaching pool. 

We offer a full range of classes and activities for all ages and abilities. Whether you just want to swim up and down and de-stress, you want to get a full body workout, have fun in our float fun sessions, learn to swim or join in with one of our water workout classes. There is literally something for everyone.

We have full disabled access via our state of the art pool pod system, making it easy to get in and out of the pool.

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Pool Pod

Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa now hosts a multi-award winning swimming pool lift, which provides a quick and simple means of independent swimming pool access. 

It has been designed to provide access for anyone who finds it hard to get into and out of the swimming pool, and can be used with or without a wheelchair. 

The swimmer can independently control pool access without the need for intervention. The lift is operated through a Poolpod wrist band and is lowered into the water when the swimmer is ready.

The Poolpod pool platform lift was developed for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.


Better Swim School teaches more than 90,000 swimmers throughout the UK and teaches over 2,200 swimmers across the 3 facilities in the Taunton area which are;

Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa

Taunton Pool

Wellington Sports Centre

Our swim school programme is designed to be flexible and affordable, with prices starting from as little as £4.00 per lesson.

Our experienced, qualified teachers follow the Swim England'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...

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 must be worn for every lesson.




Better Swim School provides an online tool, Home Portal that helps you to track your progress or your child's progress in the pool.

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

Once registered, you'll be able to log in to access information and updates directly from your swimming instructor.

Features include:

  • 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.
  • Printing your Parent Barcode to gain quick access to our centres at lesson times.
  • 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.

For those who want to make waves quickly, 1-2-1 lessons are available, as well as intensive courses during the holidays.

Our lessons operate for 50 weeks of the year with a gap in lessons over the Christmas period.




There are 2 quick and easy ways to pay:

  • A convenient monthly Direct Debit of 12 equal payments allowing you to spread the cost across the year.
  • Pay as you go - make an upfront payment for 14 weeks and renew at any time.

All payments can be easily managed online through your Home Portal.

As an added bonus, customers paying by monthly Direct Debit are entitled to free swimming during general swimming sessions.




When it comes to your child's birthday party, Better Blackbrook Leisure Centre & Spa has everything all wrapped up.

With friendly, expert supervision and loads of fun activities, your child is sure to have a pool 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 - and we’ll even take care of the cleaning up afterwards!

Inflatable Assault Course available for over 8's that can swim 25m minimum.

Mums and dads, uncles and aunties, nans and grandads are welcome too of course, whether you want to get involved in the games or enjoy the proceedings from the viewing area. Whatever your choice you can sit back, relax and watch them enjoy their special day.