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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

Swim spaces

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Easter Bank Holiday Opening Hours

Easter Bank Holiday Opening hours


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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Meadway Swimming Timetable Term Time


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South Reading Swimming Timetable Term Time


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