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Overview

We have been working hard on plans to reopen our leisure centres. We are pleased to announce that Reading Sport and Leisure (RSL) centres at Meadway Sports Centre, Palmer Park Sports Stadium and South Reading Leisure Centre, will reopen from Monday 3rd August.
It will be a phased reopening with the safety of the public and our staff as a top priority. We will be closely following the national guidance and governing body safety recommendations, including measures such as enhanced cleaning schedule at all centres and staff working in small ‘bubbles’ to reduce risk of transmission. You will also see safety guidance signage and where appropriate, queuing and one-way systems.

Important: We are offering Adult Swimming sessions only which must be pre-booked, just go to the 'Book Now' button, or call the centre direct.

The pool at South Reading will be welcoming back swimming clubs. It will also offer a small number of public adult lane swimming sessions (up to 2 hours per day). Numbers will be limited due to restrictions with changing room space, following Swim England safety guidance.

We will be offering two 45 minute Adult Swimming sessions (with staggered start times) at South Reading Leisure Centre, Monday - Friday. Morning sessions start at: 10.30am and 10.45am. The afternoon sessions will start at 4.30pm and 4.45pm. Session start times are staggered to avoid overcrowding in the changing rooms.

The paddling pool at Christchurch Meadows will not reopen this season. Public safety has to remain our overriding priority with the virus still in circulation and the need to enforce safe social distancing would be extremely difficult in such a popular facility.
 

See our guide below to sign up for Gym and Swim sessions

Initially communal areas will be closed off. Toilet facilities will be available but there will be no access to changing rooms or showers for members using the gyms and exercise classes.

The number of people using the swimming pool changing rooms will be limited and so please change at home first and come ‘beach ready’ where possible.

Meadway pool will remain closed for now.

For further details see our Centre Re-opening Updates page.

We offer swimming facilities across Reading, providing a range of swimming courses, classes and sessions for all ages and abilities.

From Aqua Academy courses, which follow the Amateur Swimming Association National Plan for Teaching Swimming, to fun water play sessions, lane swimming and targeted sessions for specific groups, we've got something for all interests.

Holiday Swimming:
Our Swimming timetables change during school holidays. For details please see the Holiday Swimming timetables at the bottom of this page, leading up to each holiday.

Christchurch Meadows Paddling Pool 
The paddling pool is now closed for the season. Please check back for opening details in 2020.

 

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Swimming Admittance Policy & Safety

The following policy applies to all our swimming pool facilities:

  • Children under the age of 8 must be supervised in the pool by a responsible adult (16 years old or over).

  • Children under 3 years of age need to be supervised on a one to one basis. Only 1 child under 3 years of age will be permitted to swim with 1 adult.

  • Children under the age of 3 years swim free during General Swimming sessions.

  • During Reading school holidays, children can swim free during General Swimming sessions with a valid Your Reading Passport (Monday to Friday from centre opening until 4.55pm).

  • Children or babies who are not toilet trained must wear a swim nappy* under their swimwear. (*Available to purchase from reception)

  • Photographic equipment (including mobile phones) must not be used in the poolside viewing areas or changing room facilities.

  • Please listen and follow any instructions given by our lifeguards.

  • Appropriate swim wear (swim shorts*, or costume/bikini). No 'longboard' long shorts. *Long tight fitting bottoms are permitted due to religious beliefs.

  • Hair tied back.

  • No bulky jewellery.

  • Shower before entering the water.

     

Swimming Prices from 1 April 2018

Adult: £5.00    £4.40 with YRP    £3.25 with YRP C*

Junior: £3.00    £2.60 with YRP    Free with YRP C

Under 3 years Free

Student with valid NUS card: £3.00

Family Swim Sessions (max 2 adults & 2 children): £11.90

*Free at off peak times: Mon to Fri from opening to 4.55pm.last entry 4.30pm. Peak times from 4.55pm weekdays and all day at weekends.

Swimming Course Spaces

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Useful Items to Purchase

Useful Items to Purchase

Our pools stock a range of products to enhance your visit, these include:

  • Arm Bands
  • Goggles
  • Nose Clips
  • Swim Nappies
  • Swim Hats
  • Ear Plugs
  • Shampoo Sachets

Products are available to purchase from reception.

Splashing Good Fun

Splashing Good Fun

Something for everyone, check out our swimming sessions.

Lane Swimming
Gentle Swim
P&T Splash
Family Swim
Women's Swim
Adult Swim

Don't forget, General Swimming is free at RSL pools when you join our Active Membership Scheme (when you select swimming as an option). Visit our Membership section for full details.

If you want a party venue for active kids then a Pool Party is ideal. Our popular pool based parties include:

Splash Party
Pool Inflatable Parties
 

View our Parties section for full details.

FREE Holiday Swimming with Your Reading Passport

Your Reading Passport

Under 16's can swim for free during Reading School holidays with a valid Your Reading Passport as follows:

Monday to Friday
From 9.00am to 4.55pm
During General Swimming Sessions only

For details of how to obtain a Your Reading Passport click here.

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