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Swimming pools

Swimming lessons and clubs

  • Lessons and courses are continuous programmes, running weekly with a break at Christmas. Holiday Courses normally run over 5 days within the same week with a lesson every day. To join a swimming lesson at your local Better leisure centre, just visit your nearest Better centre or book online. Womens only swimming lessons are available at Swiss Cottage Leisure centre and Kentish Town Leisure Centre.

Swimming offers

“Kids for a quid" – Swimming for young people is just £1 Monday to Saturday during public swimming sessions. This offer is for Camden residents under the age of 16. To take advantage of this offer under 16s must hold a valid Better pay and play membership card.
Membership cards can be purchased from any Better Leisure Centre in the borough and proof of address will be required. The card costs from as little as £2.70. Please note that the "Kids for a Quid" offer is available during public swim sessions, subject to availability.

Free swimming for Camden residents under 16 years – Free swimming is available during the school holidays until 10am Monday to Saturday during public swimming sessions. To take advantage of this offer under 16s must be a member of the centre. Joining is easy, just ask a member of staff at your local leisure centre, joining fee applies.

Free swimming for Camden residents 60+ – Free swimming is available for Camden residents 60 years or over, weekdays 7am- 12pm at our BETTER Leisure Centres. Residents should present their freedom pass or Centre membership card to gain free admission.  

SwimFit – Whether your goal is to get fit, lose weight or train for an event, SwimFit training session cards are available on poolside and provide fun and progressive training options. You can choose from one of 30 different SwimFit Activate cards.

Water workout classes – This fun water workout is led by an instructor and provides exercise to music in water, suitable for all ages and abilities. Visit your local leisure centre or website for class programme information. Booking is required.

Women only swimming sessions –  available at each of the Better leisure centres in Camden.

Swimming for people with disabilities