Huish Leisure

Swimming Programme

COVID Return



Swim Lane Changes from Monday 17 August;

From Monday 17 August our lane swimming layout will be changing to allow more people to swim, safely. We continue to follow the latest Swim England and Government guidance on swimming pools and changing facilities.

What will change?

Booking – Now when you book into swimming you will need to select a swim lane based on your speed and style of swimming.

Arrival – Nothing. You turn up no more than 5 minutes before your swim, register at reception and wait behind the line until a lifeguard lets you onto poolside.

Swimming – After following the poolside routine, you will go into the lane you selected and swim in the direction shown on the lane boards.

Changing – you will be directed to a changing room by a lifeguard. In the changing room you will see positioned tape on the walls. This indicates where you can change. All positions are positioned in-line with current social distancing guidelines.

Leaving – Nothing. When you leave the changing rooms, turn left and head down the corridor and through the fire exit.


We will now be operating a 4-lane swimming pool

Users must book the lane based on their SPEED. This is so we continue to follow the social distancing measures throughout your swim as well as continue to offer you a safe and enjoyable swim.

The pool will split into the following with the following spaces available;

FAST LANE – 1x Lane, 3x spaces

Fast pace swimmers must be able to continually swim lengths. In one 30-minute session the swimmer should comfortably be able to achieve 40+ lengths. This lane is for front crawl swimmers only.

MEDIUM LANE – 1x Lane, 3x spaces

Medium pace swimmers should be able to swim lengths continually but with occasional breaks. In one 30-minute session the swimmer should be able to achieve between 20-40 lengths. This lane is for front crawl and breast stroke swimmers

LEISURELY LANE – 2x Lane, 4x spaces

Leisure lanes are for the swimmers that consider their swimming to be slow and do not count lengths.


Back Stroke – If you wish to do back stroke, please speak to a lifeguard.

Lifeguards – Respect the lifeguards. During your session you may be asked to move lanes if the lifeguard considers the difference in swimmers speeds to be dangerous or based on the overall numbers in a session. Lifeguards decisions are final.

Training aids – From Monday 17 August, training aids can be brought to the centre (see list below). Huish Leisure will not lend out any equipment and the rules for training aids are as follows;

-          Training aids can be brought to all sessions, however, training aids are not permitted if the 30-minute session is fully booked.

-          Naturally the use of training aids will either increase or decrease the swimmers speed. Therefore, the swimmer may need to change lanes to use the training aid. Please speak to the lifeguard before using the training aid.

-          Training aids must be washed in the showers before going into the pool


What you can bring

-          Kickboard - Yes

-          Pull Buoy - Yes

-          Hand Paddles - Yes

-          Fins - No

-          Snorkel - No

-          Masks (covering nose) - No

-          Noodles - No


During this time we cannot offer lockers and all showering before and after swims must be with swimwear on. 

Lane Swimming - 30 minute swim slot.

- Lane swimming takes place throughout the day every 30 minutes
- All swimmers must come 'Ready to go' with their swimwear on underneath their clothes
- Changing rooms are only available after the session
- Upon arrival you will be asked to line up outside of the pool hall and only be allowed in once the Lifeguard has opened the door
- Personal belongings will be left on poolside. We will not be offering lockers during this time
- All swimmers must shower before entering the pool
- Swimmers will be asked to enter the water one at a time, ideally by sliding into the water
- We are only able to offer the vertical ladders during this time
- Swimmers will also exit the water one at a time, using the steps or by climbing out
- Swimmers are allocated a maximum of 15 minutes to shower and change to allow for cleaning

Swim Bubble - 1 hour swim slot.

- Swim Bubble slots can be booked online or over the phone
- Sessions must be pre-booked 
- The session includes 1 half of the pool and 1 changing room for each bubble
- Social distancing must be adhered to throughout the session and changing
- We will be following the latest government guidance on social distancing. The current guidance is as follows;

Link to guidance - 

And from 25 July:

sports facilities and venues, including such as indoor gyms, fitness and dance studios, indoor swimming pools and indoor water parks, will open – subject to evidence closer to the time

As was already the case, in terms of seeing friends and family, you can:

meet in groups of up to two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) in any location - public or private, indoors or outdoors. You do not always have to meet with the same household - you can meet with different households at different times. However, it remains the case - even inside someone’s home - that you should socially distance from anyone not in your household or bubble. This change also does not affect the support you receive from your carers
continue to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people from different households, following social distancing guidelines
stay overnight away from your home with your own household or support bubble, or with members of one other household
It remains the case that you should not:

socialise indoors in groups of more than two households (anyone in your support bubble counts as one household) – this includes when dining out or going to the pub
socialise outdoors in a group of more than six people from different households; gatherings larger than six should only take place if everyone is from exclusively from two households or support bubbles
interact socially with anyone outside the group you are attending a place with, even if you see other people you know, for example, in a restaurant, community centre or place of worship
hold or attend celebrations (such as parties) where it is difficult to maintain social distancing
stay overnight away from your home with members of more than one other household (your support bubble counts as one household)
You should only be socialising in groups of up to two households indoors and outdoors or or up to six people from different households outdoors.