Lane & family swimming guidelines

To see family swimming guidelines, click here

Before your visit, there are some important things that will be different. It’s important to remember:

  • Please arrive ready to swim, with swimwear under your clothing.
  • We have lane swimming or at Portobello Swim Centre and the Royal Commonwealth Pool we have a smaller number of relaxed swim bookable sessions.
  • Our changing room facilities will be reduced. Showers, hairdryers, and costume drying will not be available in changing rooms.
  • A reduced number of lockers will be available, those not in use will be clearly marked. Please bring your own token or coin. The Royal Commonwealth Pool lockers take £1 coins as does Gracemount Leisure Centre. Tokens can usually be bought at reception by contactless payment only.
  • Please bring your own floats or kickboards as they will not be available.
  • You will need to arrive no later than 10 minutes after the session start time.
  • A reduced number of toilets will be available for customer use.
  • A small number of items will be available to purchase (by card payment only) at our venues e.g. swim goggles.
  • To lane swim in our pools, you must be able to swim full lengths continuously. (Fins, paddles etc only allowed between 09.30 and 15.30 at The Royal Commonwealth Pool.  In other venues, please ask a member of the team about their specific rules on fins and hand paddles)

Please don’t visit if you or anyone in your household, are displaying any symptoms of COVID-19. Click here to see the symptoms to look out for.

Face coverings have been made mandatory and must be worn when in indoor communal areas (e.g. when you enter a venue). Customers do not have to wear them when taking part in their activity.

A reduced number of changing cubicles, locks, and toilets will be available – those not in use will be clearly marked. Hair dryers and costume drying will not be available. Please be aware of any guidance signage in the changing rooms and physical distance between you and others.

Customers can used marked showers to rinse off, if a shower is available – please do not queue. In the showers no soap or shampoo can be used.

The pool and poolside will be a little different to normal to minimise risk and to allow for physical distancing.  Lane swimming may be in single lanes, double lanes or a combination of both depending on the number and speed of swimmers in the pool. Our single lanes meet the guidelines for physical distancing but there is strictly no overtaking allowed in single lanes. 

How you can help us during your swim:

  • Please sanitise your hands before, during, and after your swim.
  • Please follow the lane etiquette guidelines that are displayed on pool side.
  • You must swim in the same direction. There are direction signs at the end of the lane.
  • You can only overtake at the end of lane, please be aware of other swimmers and let the person behind past at the end of the lane if they are swimming faster than you.
  • If you need to take a break please exit the pool, do not stop at the end of the lanes
  • All customers must adhere to physical distancing at all times, both in the pool and poolside.

When your session is over, the lifeguard will blow the whistle. Please leave the pool promptly and keep to physical distancing guidance as you leave.



We are delighted to be welcoming families back to our pools. Things are a little different than before but everything is in place to keep you all safe and most importantly, enjoy making a splash with us.

Current COVID-19 rules on different households meeting up in public spaces apply as does our adult to child ratios.

Please read on for full details.

Before your visit, there’s some important things to make you aware of that will be different:

  • There is guidance signage throughout the building, in the changing rooms and we ask that you maintain physical distance between you and others at all times.
  • Please arrive no more than 5 minutes before your session with swimwear under your clothing.
  • Please bring your own floats, toys, and armbands as they will not be available to hire or be provided. However, there will be some available to purchase at the reception at our venues, including swim goggles, using card payment only. No large inflatables are allowed.
  • Hairdryers and costume drying will not be available.
  • A reduced number of lockers will be available - those not in use, will be clearly marked. Please bring your own token. Tokens can be bought at reception by card payment only.
  • Customers can used marked showers to rinse off if a shower is available. No soap, shampoo or conditioner can be used.
  • A reduced number of toilets will be available for customer use.


Please don’t visit if you or anyone in your household are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19. Click here to see the symptoms to look out for.

Face coverings have been made mandatory for those aged 5+ years and must be worn when in indoor communal areas (e.g. when you enter a venue). Customers do not have to wear them when taking part in their activity.

  • There are some exemptions - babies, toddlers, and children under 5 years of age, due to the possibility of overheating, suffocation and strangulation and they are safe without one; and people with certain health conditions.
  • More information on exemptions can be found on the Scottish Government website.

To help us manage customer flow in our venues safely, we ask that you arrive no earlier than 5 minutes prior to your booked session. If there is a moving queue outside the venue, please join the queue and keep a safe physical distance whilst entering the building.

Customers with access cards/fobs

Once in the any of the venues with easy-access gates (Leith Victoria, Drumbrae, Dalry and the Royal Commonwealth Pool, please make your way directly to the easy-access gates, following any physical distancing or one-way systems in place.

At the gates, scan your card and pass through the gates. Please follow any one-way systems that are in place. For venues without easy-access gates – Glenogle, Portobello, Warrender, Gracemount, and Ainslie Park - present your access card at the ‘reader’.


Customers without access cards/fobs

If you do not have an access card or fob, you will need to collect one from our reception on your first visit. You may wish to arrive slightly earlier as your time in the pool will be strictly for the time booked.

Once in the building, please follow the one-way system in place to the reception desk. Please stand on the physical distancing markers on the floor until you can safely move forward.

When you have collected your card, please make your way to the changing rooms, following any physical distancing or one-way systems in place. Please do not visit reception unless are collecting an access card/fob or visiting for a Family Swim Session at Glenogle, Portobello, Warrender, Gracemount, or Ainslie Park Leisure Centre.

  • There will be a maximum of 5 people in your allocated pod.
  • Position of your pod, will be on a first-come, first served.
  • Please bring your own floats, toys, and armbands to your session as they will not be available to hire or be provided.  However, there will be some available to purchase at reception, using card payment only. No large inflatables are allowed.
  • The Family Swim session will be 40-minutes.
  • All customers must always maintain physical distance rules.
  • Please be respectful of others and if bringing your own toys, please ensure they remain in your own pod area.
  • Please leave the pool promptly at the end of your session.

  • Children and adults must be able to swim 25 metres confidently without stopping to take part in deep water swimming sessions as deep water swim sessions include a minimum water depth of 1.4 metres. 
  • No swimming aids can be worn.
  • Current rules on different households meeting up in public spaces apply.

When your session is over, the lifeguard will blow the whistle. Please leave the pool promptly and keep to physical distancing guidance as you leave.

  • Please exit the pool safely and ensure you maintain distancing from other groups.
  • If you are using the showers to rinse off, please make sure this is quick and avoid congregating whilst waiting. No soap, shampoo or conditioner can be used.
  • You will have 10-minutes to change and exit the changing facilities.

We love to see you, but we have arranged our bookings to carefully manage the number of people in our building at any one time. Thank you for playing your part in keeping everyone safe.

Under 5 - One adult to one child with or without armbands or one adult to two children with 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

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