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Swimming in Medway

Whether you're swimming for fitness or fun, there's a pool to suit you in Medway.  

Our centres boast four competition-sized 25m swimming pools, a family leisure pool, dive pool, and an open-air pool, all offering SwimFit workouts.

The following sports centres all have pools open to the public.Child at The Strand pool

The swimming timetables are currently being updated and will be uploaded shortly. Please contact your nearest pool for information in Swimming family at Splashesthe meantime. Thank you for your patience.

Swimming lessons

All of Medway's swimming pools host swimming lessons as part of the Medway Sport Swim Academy Programme. Find out more about swimming lessons or contact your nearest pool for details of the latest available classes.

Medway Sport Aquatic Development Centres

Check out the swim coaching, synchro, diving and Rookie Lifeguard courses available through our  Medway Sport Development Centres.


This Girl Can Swim

Find out more about our women-only swim session at Hoo Sports Centre as part of the This Girl Can Swim initiative. Fridays 9.30am-10.30am. FIRST SESSION FREE.

Lifeguarding and first aid courses

Medway Sport runs a comprehensive programme of training courses in lifeguarding and first aid. The qualifications are all fully-accredited and delivered by our experienced Royal Lifesaving Society trainer, Denise Todd. Denise has been an RLSS Trainer Assessor for 12 years, and was a First Responder in the Medical team at the London Olympics. 

Swimming Membership

Entitles you to swim as many times as you like for just £17.90 a month (no contract, payable by direct debit). Just join up and have unlimited swimming at our pools (excluding The Strand), subject to usual pool opening times.

Free Swimming

All under 16s and over 60s Medway residents can swim for free at Medway Park, Strood Sports Centre, Hoo Sports Centre, Splashes Pool and The Strand. To take up the offer from 1 April 2018, residents will need one of our new free swimming cards.Medway Big Splash inflatables

To get your new free swimming card, please visit one of Medway's sports centres and bring a passport-sized photo, a copy of your Medway Council tax bill and proof of age. Under 16s will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Frequently asked questions regarding the new card.

You will not be able to access free swimming with your existing Medway City Card from 1 April 2018.

Medway Big SplashBig splash event

The Medway Big Splash is Medway's annual celebration of all Big splashthings swimming. From pool parties and taster sessions to distance and team challenges, Medway's mass participation aquatic weekend attracts huge crowds to activities across Medway's pools.

Swimming Pool Admission Policy For Children

Children under 4 years

Children under four years of age must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person, aged 16 years or over, on a one-to-one ratio.

However, one adult may accompany two children under four years of age if they are wearing a suitable buoyancy aid that is “Kite Marked” or carries a BS EN Number. Buoyancy aids accepted under this policy are those that fully support the child's weight in the water and remain secure in and out of the water. For example, armbands or a float jacket.

Buoyancy aids that are hand held - such as floats - are not considered appropriate.

Children aged 4 to 7 years

Children aged four to seven years of age must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person, aged 16 years or over, with no more than two children per responsible person.

One responsible person aged 16 years or over may supervise up to three children aged between four to seven years of age in the Splashing at SplahesTeaching Pool.

Children aged 8 to 11 years

Children aged eight to 11 years of age must be accompanied into the facility by a responsible person aged 16 years or over.

The responsible person is not required to enter the water, but must remain within the facility and supervise the children. If the responsible person will only be spectating then an admission charge will not be applied.

Children aged 11 years and over

No accompaniment necessary.

Family sessions

Family sessions are aimed at families only. An adult must remain in the pool at all times during these sessions. One adult can only accompany up to a maximum of four children.