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Cambridge City Council

Let's get swimming

There are opportunities for everyone to get swimming in Cambridge.

Disability swimming sessions

Both Parkside and Abbey swimming pools have disabled parking and changing facilities. A sling hoist is also available.

Private groups can sometimes use the pool at Parkside during the afternoon – contact the pool for details.

Level Water

This swimming charity provides free one-to-one lessons for children aged 4 to 11 who have a physical disability or sensory impairment. Lessons take place at the Parkside or Abbey pools.

Dwarf Sports Association (DSA)

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

  • Abbey Swimming Pool
  • 5 to 6pm on the second and third Sunday of the month
  • £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 City of Cambridge Swimming Club or contact or 07960 084634.

Ladies-only swimming

Ladies’ swim and tone class

  • Thursdays, 11.10am to 11.55am at Chesterton Sports Centre
  • Led by a qualified instructor
  • £4 per person – you must reserve your place

Blinds to the pool windows are pulled down with no visibility to the pool from members of the public.

The centre will try to have a female lifeguard on duty, but cannot guarantee it.

Ladies’ night at the Abbey

The centre will try to have a female lifeguard on duty, but cannot guarantee it.

Swimming and diving clubs

City of Cambridge Swimming Club

The 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.