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About Us

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 just two weeks notice.

We are so convinced that we can make learning to swim fun, the first lesson is completely free, with no obligation to sign up afterwards.

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 class for you.

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.

Baby Swimming Lessons

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.

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Toddler Swimming Lessons

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.

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Children Swimming Lessons

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.

Click here for after-school lessons, or on Crash Courses for holiday classes.

Turtles Swimming Club

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.

Adult Swimming Lessons

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..

Saints Swim Club

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

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Adult Lane Swimming

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

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Club Championships

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

Club Championships page.


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.

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Private Swimming Lessons

To accelerate learning to swim, one to one lessons can be very effective. For children that may be struggle with group learning, a private teacher can also be a great help. There are three ways to access private lessons. Click here to read more

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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.

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