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Swimming Pool

The Sport Central Swimming Pool has been designed to accommodate a whole range of pool activities including open access swimming, lessons, aqua jog classes, waterpolo and competitions.

The pool has been constructed with a movable floor which enables the depth to be changed making it the perfect environment for both beginners and advanced swimmers alike.

The pool has a state-of-the-art DAKTRONICS timing system which enables Sport Central to host regional and national swimming galas. The swimming pool also uses UV filtration which enables us to minimise the quantity of chemicals used thereby improving everyone’s swimming experience.

Download the timetable in PDF format

Become a Swimming Instructor

Working closely with the ASA, Northumbria University Sport delivers a number of swimming instructor courses enabling people to teach a range of aquatic disciplines. This may include teaching and coaching of swimming, water polo, synchronised swimming or aqua aerobics.

Currently there are no advertised courses however details of courses will be advertised here throughout the year. Check back regularly for updates.

National Pool Lifeguard Qualification

Are you looking to qualify as a lifeguard?

Then the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is a must. Delivered by Leisure Force staff at Sport Central assesmment is centred around four key areas:Practical, theory , first aid  and CPR assessment.

To undertake the course you must:

  • Be 16 years of age
  • Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:
    Jump / dive into deep water
    Swim 50 metres in less than 60 seconds
    Swim 100 metres continuously on front and back in deep water.
    Tread water for 30 seconds
    Surface dive to the floor of the pool
    Climb out unaided without ladder / steps and where the pool design permits

While attending the course, leading to the RLSS National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, you will also be able to gain the following awards:

  • HSE Approved First Aid at Work
  • Defibrillator Operator

For further information including course fees and dates click here. Alternatively telephone 07713570381.

 

Swimming Lessons - 8-16 years

We now run school swimming lessons throughout the year for those aged eight to sixteen years within our £30 million world class facility, Sport Central.

Delivered by Swim North East, our swimming lessons are designed to cater for both swimmers and non-swimmers with a variety of aquatic skills, games and challenges.

Available weekdays between 10:00 - 12:00
A choice of 30 or 60 minute sessions
Groups of up to 30 pupils
All coaches ASA qualified and DBS approved
Effective ratios for teaching and learning

Testimonial

"We use SwimNE on a regular basis to deliver the highest quality swimming lessons for our pupils. The activities which the pupils complete are exciting, they quickly make excellent progress and the instructors establish outstanding relationships with the children. I would recommend SwimNE without reservation.They are superb!"

Nick Conway, Head Teacher - St Cuthbert's Catholic Primary

Contact Us

For enquiries on any of our products and services, or to book your place ahead of the summer or autumn term please contact Kate Hansbury or James Wilkinson.

Tel: 0191 243 7349 Email: kate.hansbury@northumbria.ac.uk
 

Start, Develop and Advance Swimming Courses

Start Swimming:

Start Swimming is taught in small groups (maximum of six) in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. The instructor is in the water at all times to encourage and support learners. Start Swimming consists of five 30 minute sessions which must be booked in advance. Learners will be allocated a time slot and must attend the same session each week. Maximum number of places per date block is 6.

Cost: £10 members*, £15 non members

*Sport Central or Coach Lane members.

Day, Dates, Times and Location:

Start Swimming sessions have taken place for this semester, please check back in September for new dates.

Additional Information:

No previous experience needed, beginners are welcome.
Please wear appropriate swimwear.

Booking Information:

You can Book Online or at Sport Central Reception.

Online Booking Instructions:

1) Enter your Login ID and PIN. If you are a Northumbria University student or staff member your login is your computer username and your PIN is your library Pin. If you are not a Northumbria University student or staff member you must sign up.
2) Change your preferred booking site to Campus Sport (this is in the top right hand corner)
3) Click on 'Make a Booking'
4) Click on Campus Sport link.
5) Select your activity and click book.

Develop Swimming:

Develop Swimming is open to Northumbria students, staff and aims to improve both your general fitness and swimming technique, via structured swimming sessions and expert coaching advice. A coach will be available to introduce you to the programme and offer tips to improve your swimming technique. The sessions are adaptable to various abilities, so whether you want to get fit, learn the proper technique for front crawl or are training for a competition, there will be a session to suit you. Maximum number of places per date block is 30.

Cost:
Platinum, Complete Swim & Fitness & Central Swim Members - Free
Central Fitness & Coach Lane Members - £2.49
Concessions* - £2.96
Non members- £3.49

*Northumbria University students, staff, U16's and over 60's. Proof of eligibility will be required.

Day, Dates, Times & Location:

Develop Swimming sessions have taken place for this semester, please check back in September for new dates.

Additiional Information:

To attend Develop Swimming you must be able to swim a minimum of 4 lengths unaided or have previously attended the Start Swimming course.

Booking Information:

You can Book Online or at Sport Central Reception.

Online Booking Instructions:

1) Enter your Login ID and PIN. If you are a Northumbria University student or staff member your login is your computer username and your PIN is your library Pin. If you are not a Northumbria University student or staff member you must sign up.
2) Change your preferred booking site to Campus Sport (this is in the top right hand corner)
3) Click on 'Make a Booking'
4) Click on Campus Sport link.
5) Select your activity and click book.

Advance

You don't have to be Michael Phelps to attend, this is a sociable group with swimmers of varying abilities. Ability levels are split in each lane andthe session varies accordingly with swimmers completing anything from 40-100 lengths in the hour session. Maximum number of places per date block is 30.

Open to: Northumbria students, staff and the public.

Cost:

Member* Concession** Non Member
£3.49 £3.99 £4.99

 You can also block book 10 sessions at a time:

Member* Concession** Non Member
£29.99 £34.99 £39.99

*Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.
** You must be a Northumbria student, staff member, under 16 or over 60 years old to qualify for concession rates.

Day, Dates, Times and Location:

Advance Swimming sessions have taken place for this semester, please check back in September for new dates.

Additional Information:

You must be a competent swimmer to attend Advance Swimming.

Booking Information:

To book Advance Swimming visit Sport Central reception.

Facility Charges

Facility

Duration Member Associate Non Member
Casual Swim 60 mins £2.75/incl (Peak)
£2.50/incl (Off Peak)
£3.00 (Peak)
£2.70 (Off Peak)
£4.00 (Peak)
£3.50 (Off Peak)

Member = Applicable to individuals that hold a Sport Central or Coach Lane membership.
Associate = Northumbria University students, staff & graduates. Retired staff members. Direct staff family. NUS card holders. 16-18 year old travel card holders. U16's or over 60's. Proof required.
Non member = Applicable to those that do not hold a membership or qualify for concession rate.

If you hold a Platinum, Complete Swim & Fitness or Central Swim membership, open swim sessions are included. If you hold a Central Fitness membership you will qualify for a discounted member rate.

To find out more about our great range of memberships visit Memberships

To book an open swimming session visit our Online Booking System

Memberships

Unlimited swimming sessions are included in our Central Swim Membership:

Annual:

Student Staff Associate Public
£200.00 £280.00 £320.00(Peak)
£280.00 (Off Peak)
£380.00 (Peak)
£340.00 (Off Peak)

Monthly:

Student Staff Associate Public
£20.00 £28.00 £32.00 (Peak)
£28.00 (Off Peak)
£38.00 (Peak)
£34.00 (Off Peak)

To purchase a Central Swim membership visit our Online Booking System

Opening Times

The Swimming Pool is open at the following times:

Monday - Friday: 07:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 08:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 07:00 - 17:00 
Please note that these are general opening times. For Public Swimming Times download the timetable above.

Off Peak times:

Monday to Friday: 09:00-17:00
Saturday and Sunday: 12:00-17:00

Peak times:

Peak times operate outside of these hours.

Pool Closures

Please note on the Fridays dated below, the swimming pool will be closed 10:00-11:00 and we will be asking all swimmers to vacate the pool at 09:55:

5th,12th, 19th and 26th September 2014

3rd, 10th and 17th October 2014

7th, 14th, 21st and 28th November 2014

5th December 2014

9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th January 2015

6th, 13th and 27th February 2015

6th, 13th 20th and 27th March 2015

24th April 2015

1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd May 2015

Aquatic Sports

A number of aquatic sports make use of the Swimming Pool, to find out more about them and how to get involved click on the links below: