swimming at king alfred leisure centre

King Alfred Leisure Centre has some superb swimming facilities, suitable for both serious swimmers and the whole family to enjoy! With a 25m main pool, a shallow lagoon area and separate teaching pool, we have something for everyone. Scroll down to find out what's on offer and how to get the most out of your local centre...

Lane Swimming

Lane Swimming

Monday to Friday mornings, Monday evenings a daily 3 lanes alongside our Open Swim sessions.

The pool is seperated into slow, medium and fast lanes in order to create an enjoyable swimming envirnoment suitable for all abilities. Juniors of all ages are welcome but they must be able to swim full lengths confidently. This session is for lanes swimming so anyone wanting to play should attend an Open Swim instead.

Swimming For Fun

Families and Open Swims

Swimming is a great activity for the whole family to participate in together. During Open Swims you can come down and use the main pool and the lagoon areas. Check the timetable to make sure you have enough time to enjoy yourselves!

No longer any need to book in advance, just check the online timetable and see when the Open Swim sessions are running!

Please remember that children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult who must be in the water with them at all times.

During our evening Open Swim sessions the Lagoon will close at 20:30. 


"My daughter and I love to swim at King Alfred, she loves grabbing sinkers off the bottom of the pool and jumping in and is even getting brave in the big pool!"

Anna, King Alfred Member

Learn to Swim

Junior Swim School

Our incredibly popular Swim School program teaches kids of all ages how to swim. Starting right down with pre-school lessons up to stage 8. Your kids can stay with us throughout their swimming journey, or join at any point along the way!

We have dedicated swim school times Monday - Saturday where your children will spend a half an hour in either the teaching, lagoon or main pools with a level 2 qualified swim teacher. 

Our teachers are fun, friendly, creative and passionate, your child’s enjoyment and progression are of the upmost importance to them.

We always do a short assessment before starting any child in lessons to make sure they will be in the right group stage.

Crash Courses

5 day intensive swimming courses teaching swim England ASA pathway stages 1-3. Whether your child is a beginner or can swim up to 10 meters these courses are a great way for children to gain confidence and water skills.

Courses running through half term's and holiday times, for more information and bookings please contact our reception on 01273 290290.

Adult Lessons

Monday & Thursday evenings 18:00 - 18:45

If you're a nervous swimmer, looking to improve on your existing skills or just need a bit of help building confidence then ask at reception for more information and how to sign up!

Swim Tech

Monday & Thursday evenings at 18:45 - 19:30

A pool based class for those looking to improve their overall technique, build swim fitness and even train for competitions like Triathalons. Our swim teachers will put you through your paces and give you tips along the way to improve. Book in at reception or over the phone

Free Swim Cards

Free Swimming for under 16's

Brighton & Hove residents under the age of 16 can swim for free during public swimming sessions. Children must register at their local site with proof of age and residence.

Available Monday - Friday after school (in line with our current timetable this is Thursday evenings only 18:00 -21:00) during state school term time, all day Saturday & Sunday, school holidays (Brighton & Hove state school holidays including inset days) & Bank Holidays.

Get down to your local pool today and take advantage of this fantastic offer! 


Are there any time restrictions?
At busy times a band system will be put into operation to limit session to two hours.

Do children need to be accompanied?
All children under 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. An adult may only take responsibility for a maximum of two children. Click here for our swimming admissions policy.

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