Learn To Swim Now
First Lesson Free!
We offer new members their first lesson for free. Just a £5 joining fee and payment for any lessons before your months payment is required and that will give you a membership and free access at all public swim times with your child.
Learning to swim at Shirley Pool is unique. The warm, purpose built pools offer the perfect learning environment. Children progress as rapidly as they are able, moving to the next level as soon as they are ready; skills and awards are constantly assessed and distance awards up to 100m tested every 10 weeks. Longer distance awards are attempted at special Saturday sessions.
Payment is simple, monthly rolling card payments will be set up which can be stopped with two month’s notice.
We are so convinced that we can make learning to swim fun, the first lesson is free.
Whether you have a newborn baby of 6 weeks, a nervous school age beginner, a budding champion or a non-swimming partner there is a suitable class.
Shirley Swimming Pool
Shirley Swimming Pool is a privately owned, public swimming pool. Originally built in 1974 as a dedicated teaching centre, the two pool site offers lessons for every age and ability, starting from 6 weeks old.
The pool was rebuilt in 2009 with new changing rooms, reception and modern water treatment.The main 25 metre pool is available for general swimming and adult lane swimming, whilst the small hot pool is available for public swimming between lessons.
The pool is open to everyone, for both lessons and general swimming, throughout the year.
The “First Splash”. It’s never too early for your newborn to learn to swim. Early lessons lay the foundations for lifelong enjoyment of the water.
In a shallow, hot, secluded pool, a qualified and experienced teacher will guide you in how to confidently handle your child through their first stages in the water, using song and constructive play.
From getting started in the water, the aim is for the toddlers to get comfortable face down, floating and gliding. Working towards the Duckling Awards, Water Skills 1 and 5 metres.
In this class the foundations are laid that will allow them to progress rapidly and safely once they are promoted.
From the first gentle splash to confident swimmer, Shirley Swimming Pool provides an excellent environment to learn to swim. Our unique swim centre provides a class for every age and ability, gently encouraging progression through the learning stages.
Swimming lessons run all year round except on public holidays, so they run right through the summer.
The after school swimming club, Turtles is the next stage in the lesson programme. Youngsters that have mastered the four main strokes are invited to join the swimming club, the entry level of the Dolphins swimming Club. The sessions increase to one hour in length, with the last 10 minutes set aside for play.
Even the most nervous adult beginners have overcome their fear of water at Shirley Pool. The private shallow areas, warm water and sympathetic teachers help ease the dread that many adults feel near water. Breath control, stroke technique and deep water confidence classes are held in the early evenings Monday to Thursday. Read more..
Southampton Saints Swimming Clubs is a junior swimming club catering for swimmers from 6 to 18. The club is open to all swimmers who have mastered the four strokes through our learn to swim programme. Swimmers enjoy fitness training, advanced stroke technique, racing skills, Water Polo, lifesaving and Junior surf life saving
Twenty-Six hours a week are reserved for lane swimming, pay as you go. There are also daytime hours for gentle public swimming, including a session for seniors. Lane swim times may change through the year and you can expect children in the public sessions in the school holidays. In the morning and evening session there are three lanes: Frontcrawl only, any stroke and slow/walking & talking lane. Lunchtime is two lanes. Lane swim sessions are for 16 years+ and swimmers must be confident in the deep end and a strong swimmer
You can now book and pay online for PAYG lane swimming here
The Club Championships are an annual event in which swimmers from the swim school and club are invited to compete in competitive gala against one another, in their age groups. For full information head to our
All lessons are paid by a rolling card payment. baby, toddler and children lessons are £46.80 a month. Swim Club starts at £50.50. Adult Swim is £6.00, OAP/ Student/ Child £4.00.
There is a full price list here.
Swimsafe is the Parents Portal For Kids Progress where you can check on progress and awards your child has received. Passwords are emailed on registration. You can update personal information and passwords with reception.
This certificate is to verify that Shirley Swimming Pool Ltd has met all Carbon Neutral Britain Certification™ standards in measuring, calculating and carbon offsetting all organisational carbon emissions within the Scope 1, 2 and 3 GHG emissions boundary during the period of 1st January 2021 to the 31st December 2021.