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Swimming is a great all-round exercise that is open to everyone and is one of the most effective all round health and fitness workouts. It is also a fun activity to do as a family that everyone can enjoy.

Swimming works almost every muscle in your body without putting stress on your joints as the water supports upto 90% of your bodyweight, so it’s perfect if you want to be more active and stay healthy whatever your age or ability.

Benefits of swimming

  • Full body workout reduces the impact of stress on your body
  • Supports and sustains a healthy heart
  • Builds endurance, muscle strength and cardiovascular fitness
  • Lowers the risk of diseases – heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes
  • Provides good low-impact therapy for some injuries and conditions
  • Swimming regularly can lower stress levels, reduce anxiety and depression, and improve your sleep patterns.
  • Burning calories – A gentle swim can burn over 200 calories in just half an hour, more than double that of walking

Swimming with Zest

At each of our leisure centres we ensure that there is something to satisfy everyone's needs including;

  • public swimming
  • school swimming lessons
  • public swimming lessons
  • family fun sessions
  • disabled and rehabilitation 
  • dedicated lane swimming
  • adults only sessions
  • parent and tot sessions
  • aquafit

Before you go swimming

Find out more about our pool safety and admission rules, appropriate swimwear, pool hygiene and our photography and videography policy. Before you go swimming 

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50+ swim (All)

Exclusive pool time for 50+ years users

Adults lanes only (All)

Exclusive adult pool time, lane swimming only

Aquafit (All)

Workout in the water to music, this low impact class is great fun, yet easy on the joints, working against the resistance of the water. Ideal for swimmer and non swimmers.

Big Swim (Northallerton)

Perfect for families, our full feature session with water slide, wave machine and water jets

Disabled and rehabilitation (All)

An exclusive pool session with pool chair lift to ensure comfortable entry and exit from the water for people with mobility difficulties. Plus, a variety of equipment is on hand to aid swimming.

Family general swim (All)

A family orientated session, no lanes available

General lanes (All)

Open to all, lane swimming only

General swim (All)

Open to all, no lanes available

Learn to Swim (All)

Swimming Lessons are available throughout the week Learn to Swim 


In line with CIMSPA National Safety guidelines, a responsible adult must accompany children under eight using the swimming pools. All sessions are operated on a two children to one adult basis for all children under eight. Adults should maintain a constant watch over the children and remain in close contact with weak/ non swimmers. Please inform the lifeguards if you have a medical condition that may compromise your safety or that of other swimmers before entering the pool. If you have experienced sickness or diarrhoea in the last 48 hours you should not enter the pool. Appropriate swimwear must be worn at all times.

'Before you go swimming' guidance