Swimming pools

Swimming lessons and clubs

  • visit your nearest centre or book online
  • Swimming lessons are continuous programmes that run over a number of weeks. Holiday crash courses run over 5 days with a lesson everyday.
  • Camden Swiss Cottage Swimming Club runs competitive coaching groups for children aged 9+ and adults who have progressed beyond the lesson stage.
  • For further information and other swimming opportunities visit swimming lessons and clubs in Camden

      Swimming offers

      Free adult swimming lessons

      Camden Active Communities is offering free places on a 14-week programme of swimming lessons. We have Beginners sessions for those who are completely new or have no experience of swimming. These sessions include building confidence in the water, learning basic technique and beginning to learn the strokes. We also offer sessions for Improvers, which are appropriate for who able to swim at least 10m on their front and back. Stroke technique will be further developed as well as being introduced to deeper water.

      The following sessions are available:

      Kentish Town Leisure Centre

      Tuesday 7.45pm Improvers

      Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre 

      Tuesday 8.10pm Beginners

      Pancras Square Leisure Centre

      Wednesday 6.45pm Improvers

      Oasis Leisure Centre 

      Thursday 5.30pm Beginners

      Cally Pool (women-only sessions)

      Friday 6pm and 7.30pm  Beginners

      All courses start the week commencing 25 July. To book your place email active@camden.gov.uk

      Kids for a quid

      Kids can swim for as little as £1 during public swimming sessions from Monday to Saturday during the school holidays. 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 60+

      Free swimming is available for Camden residents aged 60+, weekdays 7am-12pm at our Better leisure centres. Residents should present their freedom pass or centre membership card to gain free admission. 


      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

      Swimming for people with disabilities

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