Swim

We're so happy to be able to start to reopen our swimming pools again for lane swimming. Find out what to expect when you next visit in this preview video, from the moment you enter the venue to finishing your swim. 


The following venues are currently open: 

Ainslie Park Leisure Centre

Gracemount Leisure Centre

Royal Commonwealth Pool 

Drumbrae Leisure Centre

Leith Victoria Swim Centre

So we can safely manage the numbers of people in our venues all our activities have to be pre-booked online.

To book online you have to have an account with us.

  • If you have an Edinburgh Leisure card/are a member we will have automatically set up an account for you.  If you don’t know your password, or haven’t set one up, go to our ‘Book now’ portal and click ‘Forgotten password’ Simply follow the instructions from there.
  • If you don’t have an Edinburgh Leisure card you can set up a ‘Pay as you go’ account with us. Or, you can of course buy a membership or a discount card and we will set up an account for you.

Once you are set up on our booking system, you can book either online or using our app.

Browse the different available memberships, covering everything from swim-only memberships to full-fitness memberships so you can enjoy pools, gyms and fitness classes across the city. 



 Everyone has a part to play, so here are some rules and guidelines that we are asking you to read and follow. These cover:

1. Important things to know before you book

2. How you can book – we can only let customers who have pre-booked into our pools

3. What's different 






Activities are pre-book only, so why not download our FREE mobile app? Booking fitness classes, courts and golf tee times has never been faster! Available now for Apple and Android devices.  

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You can book swim sessions online and on the App. If swim visits are not included in your membership you must pay at the time of booking.

Online and App bookings open at 9pm. If swim visits are included in your membership or you are a Discount Card holder you can book 3 days in advance online and via the App.  If you are not a member or have a 10 for 8 card, you can book from 9pm 2 days in advance online or via the App.

You can book as many sessions as you want however, we ask that you only book sessions that you are likely to attend and a maximum of two a day to ensure everyone gets the opportunity to book their session.

If you book sessions on the App you can add them to your calendar. 

You can also check your bookings by clicking 'My bookings' on the App or you can check 'upcoming bookings' on the online booking page


Arriving in time for your session 

We kindly ask customers who have booked into a swim session to swipe attendance at reception 5 minutes prior to the session starting, to allow enough time to be ready for your session starting.  

To avoid any incorrect No Show charges, please always use your membership card or fob to swipe in.

When you swipe in, our system will mark you as attended for any sessions due to start within the next 3 hours. 


Swim session waiting lists 

Our pools are very popular. If the session is full, you can add yourself to the waiting list. 

If swim visits are not included in your membership, there is no charge to book onto the waiting list, but if you then get booked into the session, you will have to pay to confirm your place.

We send out emails at regular intervals throughout the day alerting you to any spaces that have become available in the pool that you’re on the waiting list for. The email will contain a link you can click to automatically book yourself into the session and pay if required. There is no priority position - everyone on the waiting list receives the email at the same time ensuring an equal chance of booking the space. First come, first booked!

If you are on a waiting list and decide that you no longer want a space in the session, please remove yourself from the waiting list. 


Swim session cancellations and charges 


Isn’t it frustrating when you can’t get a place in a swim session? Even more so when you find out that a space was available because someone booked but didn’t turn up or cancelled at the very last minute!

If swim visits are included in your membership you can cancel your booking online or on our App. If you cancel your booking less than 3 hours before the session is due to start a Late Cancellation fee of £3 will be applied to your account.  If you do not turn up for your booking or don’t swipe in at reception a No Show fee of £3 will be applied to your account.  We will email you the day after the fee is applied with details on how to make the payment. 

Payment for any fees must be made within 7 days.  Anyone who has an unpaid fee on their account for more than 7 days won't be able to make any new bookings until the fee is paid. 

If you have paid for a swim session, there is no refund and we will not move your booking if you change your mind.

If you have any queries about bookings, waiting lists or cancellations please speak to a member of staff at your local centre, or contact askus@edinburghleisure.co.uk.


What happens if Edinburgh Leisure cancels a swim session?

If we cancel a session we will contact you by text or a phone call to let you know. If you have paid for your booking we will credit your account with the relevant number of Loyalty Points.



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