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Let's get swimming

Our pools are closed until further notice during the national lockdown.

There are opportunities for everyone to get swimming in Cambridge.

Disability swimming sessions

Parkside pools also have some possibilities for private groups to use the pool during afternoons – contact the pool for details.

Level Water

This swimming charity provides FREE 1-2-1 lessons for children aged 4-11 with a physical disability or sensory impairment.

Lessons at Parkside, Abbey or Kings Hedges Learner Pool

Contact with your child’s age, postcode and disability.

Dwarf Sports Association (DSA)

Swimming lessons and water confidence. Open to families and children with restricted growth conditions or bone dysplasias.

  • Abbey Swimming Pool
  • Second/Third Sunday of the month 5-6pm
  • £1 per session
  • Contact Pippa Wautier on 07869 141350 or

City of Cambridge Swimming Club Disability Squad

The club provides a competitive outlet for children and adults with a range of disabilities.

For more information visit the club’s website or contact or 07960 084634

Ladies-only swimming

Ladies' swim and tone class

Blinds to the pool windows are pulled down with no visibility to the pool from members of the public. Led by a qualified instructor.

  • Chesterton Sport Centre, Gilbert Road, CB4 3NY
  • Thursday 11.10am – 11:55am
  • £4 per session
  • Booking essential
  • Chesterton Sports Centre
  • 01223 576110

The centre will endeavour to have a female lifeguard on duty, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

Ladies' night at the Abbey

  • Abbey Leisure Complex, Whitehill Road, CB5 8NT
  • Ladies-only swim session
  • Fridays, 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • £4.50 per person

The centre will endeavour to have a female lifeguard on duty, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

Nisa Ladies Swimming Club

Kings Hedges Learner Pool, Jedburgh Close, Buchan St, CB4 2XH

  • Sundays (Term-time only and excluding Ramadan) 11.30am – 12.30pm

Member rates:

  • Adults - £3 per session
  • Children (3 – 17 years) – £1 per session
  • Tots under 3 – Free

Contact Zina for more information

The centre will endeavour to have a female lifeguard on duty, but this cannot always be guaranteed.

Swim and dive clubs

City of Cambridge Swimming Club

City of Cambridge Swimming Club encompasses both competitive swimming and water polo. They have over 300 members ranging from those just starting out in the sport, to masters competitors who have been swimming for decades

The club is based at Cambridge Parkside Pools where most training sessions take place although other pools in the city and surrounding area are also used in order to meet the needs of the club's comprehensive training programmes.

The club is affiliated to the Cambridgeshire and East Region ASA and are Swim 21 accredited for skill development.

For further information visit the City of Cambridge Swimming Club website

Cambridge Dive Team

The Cambridge Dive Team caters for all springboard and highboard diving in Cambridge. All the Learn to Dive Programmes are run by the Centre, whilst the competitive side of the Centre is known as the Cambridge Dive Team. The Centre brings the opportunity for many youngsters (and not-so-youngsters!) to fling themselves off high structures into a pit of water.

Cambridge Dive Team are one of the leading diving clubs in the Midland District. They compete at all levels from novice to national level, and at all ages including masters. With the excellent diving facilities at Parkside Pools they have a rapidly expanding diving club.

For more information visit the Cambridge Dive Team website.