Due to COVID-19, all of our swimming pools are closed until further notice. If you have a direct debit with us for coaching or membership, then this will have been frozen until we reopen. You do not need to do anything. Please check our website for reopening details. In the meantime, you can stay active at home with our custom-made drills, strength routines from Les Mills, Life Fitness and much more, so you’re ready to make a splash when we reopen.

If you would like to support us through either membership or a one-off donation during this challenging time, please click here

Our ten swimming pools around the city offer modern aquatics facilities and changing areas. Many also offer a sauna, jacuzzi or steam room and you can relax in the café with a healthy snack. Be sure to check out the authentic Turkish Baths at Portobello Swim Centre. Pools are open early until late with flexible session times so dip in when it works for you.

This brand new course will provide you with a unique opportunity to gain skills, confidence and experience, and it is a great way to expand your career options. It is designed to give you insight into the roles and responsibilities of a swimming teacher, and upon completion we can help you find volunteering opportunities, working alongside our skilled swim teachers, to continue to increase your experience and knowledge.

What you need to know: 

  • This is a 2 day course which will cover practical learning on poolside, as well as classroom learning.
  • It costs £100. 
  • The minimum age to take part is 14 years. 
  • If you complete this course and decide to book onto an Edinburgh Leisure SSTQ course, you will get a £50 discount. 
  • You do not need any prior experience or qualifications to sign up. 
Register your interest now and sign up by completing this form

For information on when this course is running, please click here

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If you enjoy attending activities on a pay and play basis then we've got the perfect product for you! Our loyalty card lets you collect points for every activity you do.

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We are currently recruiting swim teachers to join our swim teams across Edinburgh!

Whether you are looking for a part-time and full time post, you can find hours to suit you in venues across the city. 

Apart from fun and fulfillment we offer one of the best rewards packages in the business, including free membership to all of our centres. All of which makes this job something of a catch.   

If you are interested in joining our swim team or interested to find out more then just Click Here.


Please note that the following safety ratio guidance applies at all of our swimming pools. If you have any questions, please speak to a member of staff.

Under 5 - One adult to one child. Or; one adult to two children if they both wear armbands 

5 to 8 years old - One adult to two children with or without armbands 

Mixed Ages - One adult to one under 5 and one 5 to 8 years old if the under 5 is wearing armbands 

Aquadash runs at the weekends and during school holidays (unless we have an event running)

New blocks are released one month in advance on the 1st of every month (e.g. June sessions are released on 1st May). Have a look at the Aquadash site to see what's available.

More spaces released for summer!

Recreational swimming

Our swimming pools are for everyone! Whether it's for a fun family afternoon out, an hour counting laps or just time to unwind, we have a swim option for you. 

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Learn to swim

We pride ourselves on delivering an exceptional quality learn to swim programme for all ages and abilities, delivered by an experienced swim teacher team.     

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Swim for fitness

If you’re looking to perfect stroke technique and improve fitness in the pool, our range of swim fitness classes are designed for you.

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Water-based exercise classes

Take the pressure off. Our fitness classes in the water provide an effective low-impact workout (without straining the joints) - great for all ages. 

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Swim and dive education

Interested in becoming a lifeguard, swim teacher, dive/swim coach or first aider?  We are proud to offer a range of courses open to everyone.

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Local clubs

Many of Edinburgh’s local aquatics clubs use our swimming pools for their coaching sessions. 

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Come along and join our women only activities every Saturday throughout the year.  Our times are designed to give you the opportunity to enjoy both sessions - why not start with Zumba's funky music and moves from around the world, then cool off in the swimming pool afterwards or relax in the steam room and sauna?

Zumba Class -  Saturday 15:00 - 15:45

Swim Session - Saturday 16:00 - 17:00

Ask at reception or call 0131 555 4728 for more info or to book!

Save money with a swim membership. Enjoy unlimited access to all our pools, saunas, steam rooms and Turkish Baths at Portobello. Our instructor-led swimming classes, Skills and Drills, Powerswim and Masters are included. You'll also get up to 20% off other selected activities including the gym, climbing, racquet sports and golf.

To find out more about joining, select your favourite venue from below and click 'View Membership Options' to see what's on offer.

Swimming is a great way to increase fitness and strength and is suitable for all ages. 

Here are some of the benefits you get from taking to the water:

  • it burns calories
  • improves your muscle tone and strength
  • helps your heart and lungs
  • improves your fitness and flexibility
  • avoids straining joints and muscles
  • will give you a boost and make you feel happier

These dedicated lane sessions offer a minimum of four lanes! You can choose between slow, medium and fast lanes making them suitable for all fitness levels and swimming abilities. Check out our Lane Fit page for more.

Lane Fit is not instructor-led, but if it's motivation you're looking for head over to our specially designed swim training plans.

Split by lane speed Slow, Medium and Fast, time (30, 45 and 60 minutes) these practical guides are ideal for those looking for some training inspiration.

Did you know swimming keeps your heart rate up but is less stressful on your body than most common exercises? Why not try something different with our poolside, free-to-use, swim programmes?

Whether slower or faster – we’ve got something designed for you. Complete with guided warm-ups, main sets and cool downs, these planners will help you to feel your best when swimming.

Pop your preferred plan on poolside on your next visit and give it a try!