Admissions Policy

Please note the guidelines and admission policy is applicable at all pools unless stated.

  • Children aged 3 and under must be accompanied by an adult (over 16) on a one to one ratio.
  • Children between 4 and 7 must be accompanied by an adult (over 16) on a two to one ratio.
  • Children aged 8 are over can enter the pool unaccompanied.

Heeley Pool

  • At Heeley Pool boys aged 4 and under may attend our ladies only sessions (usual swim ratios apply).

Hillsborough Leisure Centre

  • Weekends & School Holidays before 10am
    • Children aged 7 and under must be accompanied on a ratio of 2:1. This means two children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult (16 + yrs)
    • Children aged 8 may enter the pool unaccompanied.

  • Weekends & School Holidays after 10am
    • Children aged 3 and under must be accompanied on a ration of 1:1. This means one child aged 3 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult (16yrs+)
    • Children aged 7 and under must be accompanied on a ratio of 2:1. This means two children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult (16yrs+)
    • Children aged 8 may enter the pool unaccompanied.

  • Term Time Weekdays until 3pm
    • Children aged 7 and under must be accompanied on a ratio of 2:1. This means two children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult (16 + yrs)
    • Children aged 8 may enter the pool unaccompanied.

  • Term Time Weekdays after 3pm
    • Children aged 3 and under must be accompanied on a ration of 1:1. This means one child aged 3 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult (16yrs+)
    • Children aged 7 and under must be accompanied on a ratio of 2:1. This means two children aged 7 and under must be accompanied by at least one adult (16yrs+)
    • Children aged 8 may enter the pool unaccompanied.

  • ALL under 4s must wear a floatation aid. The floatation aid must be attached to the child. For example, armbands, floatation vests or a float with an attachment. Swim rings without a seat or hand held woggles are not accepted as floataion aids. 
  • Babies in Arms must be held at all times 
  • All children must be supervised at all times 
  • We recommend all 4 - 7 year olds to wear armbands or floatation vests 
  • Swimming ability is judged on its own merits by the duty lifeguards on shift. They may be allowed into the pool but this could be based on size, ages, parental ratios and the how busy the pool is. 

Pool Information

  • Concord Sports Centre: Main pool shallow end 0.9 metres and deep end 1.5 metres. Teaching pool shallow end 0.6 metres and deep end 0.9 metres 
  • Westfield Sports Centre: Pool shallow end 1 metres and deep end 1.45 metres
  • Heeley Pool: Pool shallow end 0.9 metres and deep end 2 metre. Pool length is 25 yards.
  • Springs Leisure Centre: Pool shallow end 0.9 metres and deep end 1.9 metres
  • Hillsborough Leisure Centre: Beach leisure pool shallow end 0.00 metres and deep end 2.00 metres. Blue slide - Upto 2 children can ride with an adult. Black slide - Only one person minimum height 1 metres can ride at one time
  • Ponds Forge International Sports Centre - Competition pool depth is 3 metres and leisure pool shallow end is 1 metre deep and deep end is 1.5 metres. Flumes are 1.3 metre high (single rider)

Swimwear Guidelines

  • Items of clothing worn in the pool should ideally be designed for use in that particular activity. This means that anything which is deemed unsuitable and does not comply with the criteria below would not be allowed to be worn.
  • The clothing should not offend decency. This means that any items of a material which could go see through (for example boxer shorts or Bermuda shorts) would not be permitted.
  • The clothing should be made from a suitable material. This means anything which may become heavy when water is absorbed such as cotton should not be worn. Items such as this pose a danger to both the wearer and other users by restricting movement. Denim should also not be worn.
  • The clothing should be hygienic. Clothing worn for everyday use should not be worn in the pool, the items should specifically used for swimwear.
  • The clothing should be safe. Anything too baggy which may become tangled with limbs causing difficulties while swimming should not be worn.
  • The clothing should not pose a risk to the wearer or other users. Any items which do not meet the above recommendations should not be allowed in the water.
  • For religions which do not allow the wearer to reveal any of their body there are several items of clothing which have now been designed to be worn specifically by these groups, such as one piece costumes covering most of the body, arms, legs and head.
  • For wearers who wish to keep their head covered, an appropriate piece of swimwear should be used. This can be in the form of a swim cap, or other available garment which allows the user to feel comfortable, not compromise any religious beliefs and keep in line with any health & safety concerns. Items of headwear not complying with any of the other points should not be permitted to be worn in the pool.