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If you are into swimming then look no further than our facilities at GL1. We have four fantastic swimming pools, meaning that the whole family is catered for – so whether you’re a beginner, your children want a fun session or you’re a serious swimmer, we have the pool for you.

A bit more about our pools:

  • Barton Pool:  our 8 lane, 25 metre competition swimming pool is regularly used for national and international competitions but the rest of the time it’s perfect for our local community to use. What’s more, the depth of the pool can be varied, depending on its use

  • Twyver Pool: our 4 lane, 25 metre pool is perfect for lane swimming and specialist sessions. It has a fixed depth of between 0.9 and 1.8 metres

  • Elver Pool: our shallow learner swimming pool where most of our children’s swimming lessons take place. When lessons are not taking place, it is also available for public use. Under 11s must be accompanied by an adult

  • Tad Pool: this is where the fun really happens. The fun pool with slide, bubble seat and water jets for under 11s when accompanied by an adult

    Tad pool water features will normally be active at the following times

      Term Time Holidays
    Monday to Friday Not available 12:00 to 4:00
    Saturday 1:30 to 5:00 1:30  to 5:00
    Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 12:00 to 5:00


Fun sessions

Inflatable fun for children of all ages.

Please note, children will need to be deemed confident by our lifeguards in deep water to use our inflatable. Floats and rafts available for not so confident children.

Public sessions

These sessions are public swimming sessions in our range of pools and are available for the whole family.

All public sessions are free to Active Life Junior and Adult members.

Don’t forget to check out our pool closures for up to date notices.

Please note pool timetables are subject to change.


*Please note, our pools have maximum occupancy limits. At busy times there may be a delay in entering the pools.

What it costs

  Non Member Aspire 20 Cardholder
Adult £4.70 £3.75
12 Swim - multibuy £47 £37.60
15 & Under £2.85 £2.25
Junior SwimBook (12 for 10) £28.50 £22.80
Under 5s Free Free
Family - (1 adult + 1 child) £5.95 £4.76
Family - (2 adults + 2 children) £11.90 £9.52


Useful Links

Looking for Pool closures this month? Click here

Looking for Swimming Lessons? Click here

Looking for Swim Timetables? Click here


Visit our Parties page to find out more about how we can help you have the best party ever!

Click the links below to download our app and keep up to date with information about opening times, special offers and pool closures.

Barton pool and Twyver pool:
1 adult = 1 child under 4 yrs
1 adult = 2 children age 4-7 yrs

Tad pool and Elver pool (designated non-swimming areas):
1 adult = 2 children under 4 yrs
1 adult = 3 children age 4-7 yrs

Please note : Elver pool and Tad pool are child friendly pools.

At GL1 we take being able to swim really seriously. With our Swim School, we offer swimming lessons 7 days a week, 50 out of 52 weeks a year – meaning that even with your busy lives, there will be a day and time that works with you and your family.

Here at GL1 we follow the ASA Learn to swim pathway. This programme is all inclusive and takes your child all the way from their first lesson to being confident and competent in the water, whilst at the same time being great fun!


Swim School at GL1

We aim to cater for all abilities with beginner lessons, stroke improvement and many more. Please see below:


Introduction to kids first lessons of 3 and 4 years old


For our more experienced kids of 3 and 4 years old


For non-swimmers of 5 years and above


For kids who are working towards swimming 5m and 10m on their front and back


For kids who are working towards 10m on their front and back with arms over the water


For kids who are working towards 10m and refining their leg kick technique


For kids who are working towards 10m of all four strokes


For kids who are working towards 25m and refining their breathing and technique.


For kids who are swimming 25m or more and looking to refine their stroke technique.


For kids who are swimming 10m or more and wish to refine their strokes. There is a different stroke focus for each day.


This programme features swimming and lifesaving skills supported by water safety education, allowing participants to enjoy swimming as an activity, whilst promoting safety in or out of the water.

Each session is split with 25 minutes of practical application in the water and 20 minutes of theory in the classroom.

This is the perfect crash course activity for our older more able swimmers so participants need to be in Violet or above to take part in this course.


Our Snorkeltastic courses teach children to snorkel safely; using the (BSAC) Dolphin Snorkeller competency standards; by taking part they learn new skills, develop water confidence and have fun all whilst gaining an industry recognised badge and certificate.

These sessions are suitable for any child under 17 who can already confidently swim unaided for 2 lengths or are in our blue classes or above. Learn to snorkel the fun way, masks and snorkels included.  Completion of the British Sub-Aqua Club Declaration of Medical Fitness is required prior to booking.

It’s doesn’t stop there – if swimming becomes a passion, there are opportunities to continue in other advanced aquatic sports such as competitive swimming, snorkelling, waterpolo, diving, synchronised swimming, rookie lifeguarding and more.



Children attending these lessons will receive badges and certificates as they work their way through the stages.

We take children from 4 months for our pre-school and toddler lessons and 5 years for our after school and weekend lessons.

Whether you’re a Swim School parent or you are part of Swim School yourself, you can track your weekly progress using our Home Portal here.

Get your children ready for your holidays by learning to snorkel at one of our Junior snorkelling lessons! These take place during the school holidays and one of the key elements of the course is fun!

There are seven levels to complete the course and get a certificate, not to forget being able to call themselves a Dolphin Snorkeller!

To find out more, simply call us on 01452 396 666

We also run a number of swimming lesson sessions aimed at adults. We understand how busy life gets so you can pay as you go for all of our adult lessons. With a range of days and times that are available, you can choose a session that works for you.


Day Time Class Type
Monday: 12.00 - 12.45 Ladies Only beginners/improvers
Tuesday 18.30 - 19.30



19.00 - 20.00



1 hr lesson £7.50

To find out more, simply call us on 01452 396 666



We understand that group sessions aren't for everybody. That's why we also offer 1-1 and 2-1 sessions for our members.

Our swim teacher/coach will be able to tailor make each session to suit your individual needs.

To find out more, simply call us on 01452 396 666

Swimming lessons are now part of the Active Life Membership – meaning that for the same price but often for less, you will also benefit from a fantastic range of free activities and discounts.

Memberships start from as little as £23.50 per month, depending on the age and ability of your child.


Children up to and including the age of 7 years old - Please note that a parent or guardian is required to remain in the building whilst your child is participating in an activity at our venues and must be available for us to call upon if needed.