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swimming at Littledown

The huge facade of glass bathes the Littledown pools in daylight all year round, making it a very inspiring place for our swimmers, from absolute beginners to elite athletes. The pool area is always a hive of activity, with lane swimming, lessons, aqua aerobics, hydrotherapy sessions, plus a couple of waterslides for some splashing fun.

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learn to swim

Learn to swim with the BH Live Swimming Academy and gain a skill for life! Our swimming lessons start from 4 months with early years sessions and continue through juniors to adults (14+).

Swimming Lessons

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pool guidelines

We operate our pools according to industry-recognised guidelines to ensure safety and enjoyment. So that everyone can enjoy the facilities, please follow these guidelines:

  • Under 5s swim FREE during general sessions when accompanied by a full paying adult Children under 8 must be accompanied in the water by an adult (16+)
  • Maximum ratio allowed is two children under 8 to one adult
  • Nappies: all babies, infants and young children who are not toilet trained should wear aqua nappies underneath their swim suit or a nappy swimming costume
  • Only swimwear manufactured for use in swimming pools will be acceptable and this includes the spa. They are: – bikinis – burkinis – swim trunks – swim costumes – speedo type shorts above the knee – all-in-one fitted swimsuits manufactured for the purpose of swimming – baby suits up to 1 year old – swimming hats
  • Wetsuits, rash vests, face masks, fins, large inflatables, paddles and snorkels are not permitted, unless in a structured session
  • Aqua nappies, swimsuits, goggles and armbands are available to purchase from the foyer shop. Visit our Shop page for more information
  • Shirts may only be worn during public sessions with the permission of the front of house, centre or duty manager
  • A band system will operate in the swimming pool area at busy times, allowing at least 1 hour in the pool
  • Last entry to the pool and spa is 9.15pm weekdays and 5.30pm at weekends and bank holidays
  • FREE waterslides with every swim (check waterslide opening hours). Our slide rules are: – children must be at least one metre high to ride – must be a confident swimmer (without floatation devices e.g. armbands, woggles and floats) – not suitable for people with cardiac or back problems or pregnant women – no loose or baggie clothing to be worn (including rash vests, t-shirts, tankinis or burkinis that are not securely fastened to the trousers) – no jewellery
  • You should not use the sauna, steam room or spa if you: – have a serious illness or heart condition, high or low blood pressure, or respiratory condition – are taking medication for any of the above conditions – have a contagious disease, infectious skin condition, open sores or wounds – have had a heavy meal within 90 minutes of arrival – are under the influence of drink or drugs – have recently exercised. You should allow time for your body temperature to return to normal Elderly people, pregnant women and diabetics should seek medical advice before using the facilities
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