Leisure centre re-opening dates and information

Following government guidance and the latest industry standards it has been necessary to review our procedures, activities and session times.

Information on some of our web pages is under review and may not be current.

Up-to-date information, guidance, session times and FAQs are now available


Advice and Information

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Swimming Lessons at Dudley Leisure Centre

We offer a range of swimming lessons/sessions for all ages and abilities, from parent and toddler sessions through to pre-school, junior and adult. These take place throughout the year in the safe environment of the main pool and teaching pool. All instructors are qualified and experienced swimming teachers who constantly encourage, help and support all swimmers. For details regarding enrolment, please see below:

How to Enrol

The centre does not operate a waiting list for swimming lessons, however we do allocate a date each term where adults/parents/carers/can visit the centre to book any available spaces.  This will be on a first come first served basis so places cannot be guaranteed and are limited.

Payment is required on the day and a parental/carer consent form will need to be completed for children under 16 years of age

Our next enrolment date is Tuesday 7 April. Times are as follows:

  • 3.30pm to 4.30pm  - 5 years and above  
  • 5pm to 6pm - Pre-school and adults 

Please note spaces are limited.

For children who can already swim 5 metres or more we offer assessments (no booking required) on Saturdays at 3pm (term time only). Depending on their ability a space will be allocated subject to availability.

Please note customers will not be able to apply or renew their Options+ Leisure Discount card on enrolment days. Please ensure your Options+ subscription is up to date prior to enrolling.

Lessons and sessions

Parent and Toddler Sessions

Our parent and toddler sessions are an excellent introduction to swimming. The sessions which are led by a qualified instructor incorporate nursery rhymes and soft toys, allowing your little ones to develop their water confidence and skills in a fun and relaxed environment. Parents and/or carers are required to go in the water with their child.

Lessons take place on the following days:

  • Monday 12.15pm - 1pm  (term time only)
  • Thursday 9.30am - 10.30am  (term time only)

Pre-booking is advisable. 

*Pre-school Swimming Lessons

We run pre-school lessons for children aged three and four year during the week.

The 30 minute lessons take place on the following days and must be pre-booked as part of a course:

  • Monday 10.35am to 11.05am (term time only)
  • Monday 11.05am to 11.35am (term time only)
  • Tuesday 12.55pm to 1.25pm (term time only)


*Junior Swimming Lessons (term-time only)

We offer a range of lessons for children aged five years and above, from beginners lessons, through to intermediate and advanced. The centre follows the ASA National Teaching Plan which will take your child through various stage of progression.

The Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards are divided into progressive stages. They make up the core, national syllabus of learning to swim for primary school aged children. They are designed to reward your child for their development of the essential aquatic skills they need to be confident, competent and safe in the water.

The 30 minute lessons take place on the following days and must be pre-booked as part of a course:

  • Monday 4pm to 7pm  (term time only)
  • Tuesday 4pm to 7pm  (term time only)
  • Wednesday 4pm to 6.15pm  (term time only)
  • Saturday 8.30am to 3pm  (term time only)  

Each of the Learn to Swim Stage 1-7 Awards has a list of clear outcomes that need to be completed in order to gain each Award. Certificates and badges in relation to the various stages can be purchased from reception on production of a pass from the child's swimming teacher.

Adult Swimming Lessons

Our adult swimming lessons are suitable for those aged 16 years and above. We offer lessons for non and weak swimmers, also those wanting to improve their swimming technique. 

Lessons take place on the following days:

  • Saturday 3.15pm to 3.45pm (term time only)
  • Tuesday 2.30pm to 3pm (term time only)
  • Tuesday 3pm to 3.30pm (term time only) 

Family Fun Disability Swimming Session

Family swim offers the chance to enjoy swimming in a supportive and friendly environment. Everyone will be welcomed so don’t be shy and just come along and try it. Only people with disabilities and their families can access this session.

Location: Dudley Leisure Centre, off Dock Lane, Dudley, DY1 1UH.
When: Saturday’s weekly (all year round)
Time: 5pm till 6pm
Cost: £2.50 per session (Options + is not available on this private session)
Age: Any children under 8’s need to be accompanied by an adult

After the session families can enjoy free tea and coffee in the café. Numbers are limited so entry will be on a first come first served basis.

Please note: this session is not a coached session.