Department of Physical Recreation and Sport

Pool Activities

In addition to recreational swimming, the University Pool offers and a number of other activities which our customers can participate in.

These activities include:

The Pool is also open for commercial hire, to local sports clubs and groups. For more information on costs and availability, please contact the Swimming Pool Manager.

Swimming Pool activities


Swimming Lessons

Beginners and intermediate group lessons are available for both juniors and adults during the academic terms.

Courses of 10 lessons are held on:

- Mondays between 17.00 - 19.30

- Tuesdays between 16.00 - 20.00

- Saturdays bewteen 09.00 - 12.15

Lessons are 30 minutes long and are available for children and adults at beginner, improver and advanced levels.

The group lessons cost £45 for 10 lessons and it is advisable that you book early to secure your place, which can be done in person or via the telephone.

Private 1-2-1 lessons are also available starting at £13.50 per session.

Find out more information about swimming lessons at the University Pool.

Pool Lifeguard Courses

The University of Nottingham is an IQL (Institute of Qualified Lifeguards) approved centre and runs courses enabling individuals to gain the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification 8th Edition. This qualification is recognised throughout the British Isles and is a necessity for anyone wishing to obtain employment as a pool lifeguard in the UK.

We run a number of 1-week intensive courses per year at a cost of £225 per person.

Course Content : Casualty recognition - Reaching, throwing and wading rescues - Pool supervision - Entries / exits - Towing - Releases - Rescue equipment - Spinal rescues - Resuscitation and CPR - Aquatic first aid

Find out more about the upcoming pool lifeguard courses at the University Pool


Aqua Fit Classes

Aqua Fit is aerobics in the water. It uses the resistance of the water to give you an all over body work out. It's also kinder to your joints and muscles with minimal impact when you're moving in the water.

Water exercise doesn’t get much more inclusive than Aquafit. Virtually anybody can take part. There is a session suitable for all needs, even people who can’t swim.

We are not currently running any Aqua Fit classes. Please check back here to find out more information about when these classes will resume.

For an overview of what our aqua fit classes involve please go to our class description pages.


Swimming is one of the best ways to get fit. There is probably no better non-impact cardiovascular workout than a swim to work off calories and tone muscles. But sometimes it's difficult to motivate yourself to keep going back.

To help you back in to the pool this year we are linking in to the Amateur Swimming Associations - Swimfit initiative.

Swimfit is an online club which provides you with a gym style programme for the pool, with four key focus areas:

  • Health
  • Shape up and tone
  • Fitness
  • Competitive

Find out more about Swimfit at the University Swimming Pool.


Department of Physical Recreation and Sport

University of Nottingham Sports Centre
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0) 115 95 16655
email: sport@nottingham.ac.uk