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Overview

We have been working hard on plans to reopen our leisure centres. Our phased reopening will give priority to the safety of our customers and to our staff. 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: Swimming sessions must be pre-booked, just go to the 'Book Now' button, or call the centre direct.


South Reading Leisure Centre Swimming:

The pool at South Reading will be welcoming back swimming clubs. From Monday 28 September we will be offering a small number of public Adult Lane Swimming sessions. Numbers will be limited due to restrictions with changing room space, following Swim England safety guidance.

Please note: Session start times are staggered to avoid overcrowding in the changing rooms.

Adult Lane Swimming:
Monday - Friday: 7.00 - 8.00am and 7.30 - 8.30am
Monday - Friday: 12noon - 1.00pm and 12.30 - 1.30pm
Monday: 7.00 - 8.00pm and 7.15 - 8.15pm
Wednesday: 8.00 - 9.00pm and 8.15 - 9.15pm
Thursday: 4.00 - 5.00pm and 4.15 - 5.15pm
Friday: 4.00 - 5.00pm and 4.15 - 5.15pm



Meadway Sports Centre Swimming:

We are pleased to announce that Meadway swimming pool will re-open with a limited programme of swimming sessions from Monday 28 September. 
 
Adult Lane Swimming:
Monday - Friday: 7.15 - 8.00am, 9.15 - 10.00am, 11.45 am- 12.30pm and 7.15 - 8.00pm

Family Swimming:
Saturday and Sunday: 1.45 - 2.45pm

Numbers will be limited due to restrictions with changing room space, following Swim England safety guidance.

Adult Swim/Adult Lane Swim protocol:

1. Must book on line/phone.
2. Face coverings to be used when entering the building.
3. Please arrive beach ready.
4. Collect your swim basket from the vanity area which women will put by the bench on poolside and men to put by the lockers on poolside.
5. Please use the available hand stations/sinks.
6. Spend as little time in the changing room as possible.
7. Always adhere to the 2m social distancing both in the changing rooms and in the pool.
8. Please choose which lane is the most appropriate for your ability, respecting other people’s standards at all times.
9. Please follow the new pool lane direction etiquette.
10. No overtaking.
11. If you must rest, please face away from the pool.
12. No stopping and talking.
13. Always adhere to the lifeguard instruction.
14. Please bring your own swim equipment.
15. 1 shower is available in each changing room, 2m social distancing must be adhered to.
16. Once changed please use the new exit doors to leave the building. Lifeguard will direct you.

Family Swim protocol:

1. Must book on line/phone.
2. Face coverings to be used when entering and exiting the building.
3. Please all arrive beach ready.
4. Collect your swim basket from the vanity area which can be put on poolside containing your belongings.
5. Please use the available hand stations/sinks.
6. Spend as little time in the changing room as possible.
7. No entering a different swim zone.
8. Always adhere to the lifeguard instruction.
9. Please bring your own swim equipment.
10. Please make sure you stay in your designated family cubicle when getting changed.
11. No showers are available.
12. Once changed, please use the new exit doors to leave the building. Lifeguard will direct you.

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.
 

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


 

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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.

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.

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.

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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