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Swim Admissions Policy

About our swimming pools

Swimwear Guidelines

Swimming Admission Policy

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

- Children under 4 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.
- At Hillsborough Leisure Centre children under 4's can be accompanied by an adult (over 16) on a 2 to 1 ratio Monday-Friday 9am-3.30pm or between 9am-10.30am and 3-4.30pm at weekends and bank holidays.
- At Hillsborough Leisure Centre during School Holidays the 2 to 1 ratio for under 4's is only applicable Monday - Friday between 9am - 10.30am and 3pm - 4.30pm
- At Ponds Forge children under 4's can be accompanied by an adult (over 16) on a two to one ratio in the family area of the leisure pool.

About our Swimming Pools and Slides

- 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
- 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.