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Easing of restrictions in leisure centres

Following the government’s announcement regarding the easing of restrictions, we are pleased to be able to offer a more comprehensive programme at our centres but we will continue to take a cautious approach on how we operate. Please visit the individual centres webpages for times, sessions and other useful information.

Please be advised that, due to the on-going Covid situation, we are experiencing staffing shortages. Therefore, sessions may be cancelled or restricted at short notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Dudley Council
Dudley Skyline

Following the governments announcement regarding the easing of restrictions we are pleased to be able to offer a more comprehensive swimming programme.

General information and guidance

  • The 7.15am - 9.00am early morning lane swimming session is for adults only and can be pre-booked
  • For rules on using the lanes please see swimming etiquette below
  • All children 8 years and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult. One adult must accompany up to two children under the age of eight
  • Children aged 8 years and over must use the changing room appropriate to their gender.
  • The changing rooms are separate male and female changing facilities
  • Shower and locker facilities are available.

Session type

Adult only lane swim: For adults only who want to do lane swimming
Adult only swim: For adults only. Lane swimming is not available
Adult only (lane and open water): For adults only. The pool will be split and have lanes and open water
Lane swimming: For adults and children over eight years of age who are competent swimmers
Public (general swim) swim: Open to all members of the public. Free swimming QR codes can be used in these sessions during the school holidays
Family Swim (families only): For adults with families only. Free swimming QR codes can be used in these sessions during the school holidays when accompanied by a responsible adult aged 16 years and above
Family fun disability session: This session is for people with disabilities, special educational needs, ASD and their families. Free swimming QR codes can be used in these sessions during the school holidays.
Saturday fun disability session: This session runs all year round and is for adults and children with disabilities and their families. Free swimming QR codes cannot be used in these sessions during the school holidays. 

Term time opening hours

For pool opening hours and session times please see the downloadable copy below. 

Please note that the learner pool will be closed for swimming lessons from Monday 13 to Friday 17 December 2021 and Monday 10 to Friday 14 January 2022, 4.00pm to 6.30pm.

Swimming etiquette for lane swimming

Swimming etiquette for lane swimming

To ensure that your lane swimming session is a pleasant one, we would be grateful if you could adhere to the following rules:

  • Please comply with centre conditions of entry and any poolside signage
  • Please follow guidance given by the lifeguard
  • Choose the correct lane for your ability - slow, fast or medium paced
  • Be willing to switch lanes if your swimming speed is not similar to others in the lane
  • Wait until the swimmers have turned and pushed off before entering the pool
  • Swim clockwise / anticlockwise according to the lane that you are in
  • Be aware of others swimmers entering the pool
  • If you have to rest please do so in the corner of the lane, allowing other swimmers to pass safely
  • Be conscious of oncoming swimmers and only overtake when it is safe to do so
  • Show courtesy and consideration to others at all times
  • Please note that anti-social behaviour will not be tolerated.

Free swimming

Free swimming is available during Dudley borough school holidays for residents aged 16 and under. Registration is required. Please visit www.freeswimindudley.co.uk for more information.

Saturday fun disability session

Session times at Dudley Leisure Centre

Our Saturday fun disability sessions offer the chance to enjoy swimming in a supportive and friendly environment. The sessions are suitable for adults and children with disabilities and their families.

Sessions will take place all year round* at Dudley Leisure Centre and will run weekly. Places must be pre-booked and paid for in advance by calling 01384 812800 (option 1). Fifty places are available each session.

Day and time: Saturday 4.00pm to 5.00pm and 5.30pm to 6.30pm

Please be aware that this is not a coached session and children under the age of eight must be accompanied in and out of the water by a responsible person aged at least 16 years old.

Free swimming QR codes are not accepted during this session, however eligible children can swim for free (during Dudley borough school holidays) in the Family Fun Disability Session on a Wednesday. To be eligible, you must register at www.freeswimindudley.co.uk

*exclusions may apply

Family fun disability sessions

Session times at Crystal and Dudley leisure centres

Our Family fun disability sessions offer the chance to enjoy swimming in a supportive and friendly environment. The sessions are for people with disabilities, special educational needs, ASD and their families.

Sessions will take place at Crystal and Dudley leisure centres as follows: 

Term-time
Crystal Leisure Centre: Every Thursday from 6.00pm to 8.00pm. 

Dudley borough school holidays
Dudley Leisure Centre: Every Wednesday 4.00pm to 5.00pm 
Crystal Leisure Centre: Every Friday from 2.00pm to 4.00pm 

Please be aware that this is not a coached session and children under the age of eight must be accompanied in and out of the water by a responsible person aged at least 16 years old. 

We are pleased to announce that throughout Dudley borough school holidays, we offer Free Swimming, therefore eligible children (aged 16 and below), can swim for free in the Family Fun Disability Sessions. To be eligible, you must register at www.freeswimindudley.co.uk. Customers who are not eligible must pay the normal admission fee.

Numbers are limited, so entry will be on a first come first served basis.