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Accessible swimming

This resource is a list of accessible swimming lessons and sessions in Sheffield. Please be aware that information is subject to change, for the most up to date information please access the individual websites.

Swimming lessons

Disability swimming lessons at Hillsborough Leisure Centre and Ponds Forge International Sports Centre

Hillsbrough Leisure Centre postcode is S6 2AN. Hillsborough Leisure Centre has accessible changing facilities, accessible toilets, the leisure pool has sloped beach entry and a pool chair for entry.

Ponds Forge Sports Centre postcode is S1 2BP. Ponds Forge International Sports Centre has a Changing Places toilet and changing area, accessible changing rooms, accessible toilets and a seated hoist.

1 lesson per week on an allocated day and time.

£30 a month or £18 a month with a Sheffield lifeCARD Plus.

Disability swimming lessons are 30 minutes long and class sizes are small. Parents and carers must take part in the sessions in the swimming pool. Lessons are suitable for children aged 5 to 15 years old.

If you receive any of the benefits or entitlements listed on their website, then you are eligible for a Sheffield lifeCARD Plus which means you can access activities at a 40% reduced rate. This can be used at any Sheffield City Trust venue plus Graves Health and Sports Centre, Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre and Wisewood Sports Centre. See website for more details.

Visit Sheffield City Trust for more information and to book or call 0330 333 0555.

SCWIDS Disability Swimming Classes

Westfield Sports Centre, S20 1HQ.

Sessions are on Fridays at 6.30pm session and 7.15pm.

£6 per lesson, paid half a term in advance.

A private run swimming club for children aged 5 years and older with disabilities, who may struggle in mainstream classes. Parents and carers are asked to attend and be in the pool with younger children at least until they are water confident. There is a hoist available. The sessions are run as 15 minutes of play followed by a 30 minute lesson. Typically, groups are no larger than 5 children. The first lesson is free so you can see if your child enjoys it.

For more information contact Frank Smith on 0114 246 1414 or 07811 449 692.

They also have a Facebook page, search for SCWIDS and request to become a member.

Active Kids

Sport Sheffield, Goodwin Sports Centre, S10 2TY.

Private lessons are available at £20 for a 30 minute lesson. Group lessons are available Monday and Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings for £25 per months at £5.50 per class.

Active Kids offer private and group lessons to children aged 4 years and older. The private lessons are for children who are unable to access mainstream swimming lessons through school. The lessons are appropriate for children with disabilities and all swimming abilities. The pool is 29 degrees Celsius, has an accessible changing area and Panda pool hoist. In the group sessions there are 12 children per class.

For more information or to book onto a lesson then please email: a.mayers@sheffield.ac.uk

Swimming sessions

Zest Centre

Quiet adult or disabled swim, family swim or public swim at Zest Centre, S6 3NA.

Please see timetable online and look for the session you wish to attend.

Sessions are pay as you go at £4.50 for an adult or £3.20 for a junior (under 16 years of age).

These sessions cater for disabled customers of any age and anyone else over the age of 16 who would like a quieter swim. Disability ramp for ease of access into the pool. Free admission for carers helping a disabled person take part in an activity.

A pool hoist to assist you in getting you into and out of the pool and an electronic hoist to transfer from wheelchairs to the poolside chair. If you are using our electronic hoist please ensure you bring your own sling.

4 individual and private disabled cabinets, equipped with a shower, hand basin and toilet will provide you with plenty of room to get yourself changed.

Pool temperature is increased to 31 degrees Celsius.

Visit their website or call 0114 270 2040.

Aston-cum-Aughton Leisure Centre

Aston-cum-Aughton Leisure Centre, S26 4SF.

Family swim sessions, see website for days, times and prices.

At this venue there is a hoist, accessible changing facilities and a shower with seat. In order for the staff to be able to prepare for your arrival, if you need to use the accessible facilities, they ask you to call in advance. Telephone 0114 942 580.

Westfield Sports Centre

Westfield Sports Centre, S20 1HQ.

At this venue there is disabled access into the building, lifts to all levels, two large changing rooms equipped with remote controlled flat beds and hoist, shower cubicles for wheelchair access, accessible toilets, poolside hoist and declining steps upon request for access in and out of the pool.

Please visit their website for more or call 0114 251 3962.

Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre

Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre, S35 3HY.

This venue provides accessible changing facilities and a Pool Pod. A Pool Pod is an alternative to a hoist. It is a wheelchair that can be fully submerged into the water.

Please visit their website for more or call 0114 284 3910.

Concord Sports Centre

Concord Sports Centre, S5 6AE.

Swimming pool changing areas are accessible by an internal ramp from reception, accessible changing facilities and toilets are available for both gym and pool, accessible toilets and showers are available, Changing Places toilet and changing area is available within the pool changing area with close access to the poolside, there are gradual step entries to both the main pool and teaching pool with hand rails, the main pool also has ladder access, there is temporarily no hoist access to the pool.

Please visit their website for more or call 0114 257 0053.

Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre

Stocksbridge Community Leisure Centre, S36 1EG.

Prices for an adult if £5 or £4 for off-peak, and £4 for a child or £3.50 for off-peak. There is also a family price option, please see website for details.

This venue provides ramped access from the car park to the swimming pool area. The small pool has a hoist which can be used for wheelchair users. If you would like to discuss personal requirements, then the centre encourages you to contact a member of staff on the number below.

Please visit their website for more or call 0114 288 3792.

Graves Health and Sports Centre

Graves Health and Sports Centre, S8 8JR.

This venue offers self-operated Pool Pod access to the main pool, a Pool Pod is a wheelchair which can be full submerged into the water. There are also accessible toilets and changing facilities with a pool hoist for if you require support to change.

Please visit their website for more or call 0114 283 9900.

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