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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

Opening Times

The Swimming Pool is open at the following times:

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday: 07:00 - 14:00 & 17:00 - 19:00
Wednesday / Friday: 07:00 - 13:00 & 17:00 - 19:00
Saturday: 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 12:00 - 17:00

Please note that these are general opening times. For Public Swimming Times download the timetable above.


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:

11th, 18th and 25th September 2015

2nd, 9th and 16th October 2015

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

4th and 11th December 2015

8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th January 2016

5th, 12th and 26th February 2016

4th, 11th and 18th March 2016

15th, 22nd and 29th April 2016

6th, 13th, 20th and 27th May 2016

10th, 17th and 24th June 2016

1st July 2016

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 Saturday and Sunday
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


"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

For more information or to book a place contact SwimNE via;

Tel: 0191 281 7678       Email:

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:



Following your feedback, we have reviewed and streamlined our memberships structure so that customers are able to take full advantage of our facilities at an affordable rate. Our new membership packages are available to purchase from 1st September 2015

To purchase a Sport membership visit our Online Booking System.