Department of Sport

Swimming Pool

Swimming is a great way to get fit and healthy in a relaxed and comfortable environment and there is no better place to start than at David Ross Sports Village.

Home to a number of University sports clubs, the pool also offers general swimming times for members and a comprehensive list of swimming lessons for Early Years, Juniors and Adults for the local community.

We're proud partners of Speedo and  Nova Centurion who work closely with elite members of our swimming squad.


Swim School

We offer an extensive Swim School programme for all ages and abilities from babies who will feel the splash of water for the first time to juniors looking to develop and adults learning to swim. Our simple aim is to provide everyone, whatever their ability, with the best experience in a comfortable, safe and fun environment alongside expert coaches who will look to get the best out of your technique and ability.

There are a variety of options for anyone wanting to learn to swim including 1-2-1 private lessons or group sessions depending on which you prefer.

For babies and toddlers, we have a special programme which is delivered in our heated hydrotherapy pool and focuses on building confidence in the water through activities with colourful toys and nursery rhymes.

Early Years Swim

Early Years

Sessions in our heated hydrotherapy pool for children aged 6 weeks - 4.5 years


Children's Lessons

Sessions for children aged 4.5 years - 14 years

Adult Swim

Adult Lessons

It is never too late to learn to swim or develop your technique, these classes are available for 14 years+

School Holiday Lessons

School Holiday Courses

During the School Holiday periods we offer a variety of courses and lessons designed to advance your swimming skills.


Our Swim School programme is focused on Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) and we aim to provide high quality lessons that are focused around technique for all the strokes.

In partnership with Swim England, we provide a high standard of quality swimming lessons focused on developing stroke technique and developing a range of water skills.   

Casual swimming

All student, staff, alumni and associate members may access the swimming pool as part of their UoN sport and fitness membership. We offer both lane swimming and social swimming. 

All public members who have purchased a David Ross Sports Village fitness suite and pool membership, a £95 peak annual pool pass (additional charge applies per swim) or registered for our Classic Club (additional charge applies per swim) may access the swimming pool as part of their UoN sport and fitness membership.

Please note, that due to our sports clubs also using the swimming pool - there are set hours available for general member swimming.

Find out more about our memberships

AquaFit Classes & Swim Fit

We offer a weekly Aqua fit class on our group exercise timetable available to all our members. Aqua fit is aerobics in the water, using the water resistance to give you an all-over body workout. It offers a low-impact option and it doesn't matter if you can't swim!

We're also part of the popular Swimfit programme which allows swimmers an alternative way to work out in the pool and get the most out of your swim.

A series of 30 Swimfit session cards are available and offer set programmes split into four sections; warm up, stroke development, main set and warm down. They range from 10 lengths to 120 lengths and even give you a guide to the number of calories you are burning!

Speak to one of our instructors for more information.  

Classic Club Membership - 50 years + 

If you are 50 years +, the Classic Club is a great way to stay active, fit and healthy whilst meeting new people from the local community.

The Classic Club costs only £5.00 to become a member (which includes a complimentary first swim in our 25m eight-lane swimming pool and a free guest pass). 

Members can then swim for a reduced rate of £2.00 per swim at the following times:

  • Tuesday: 9am - 12pm
  • Thursday: 9am - 12pm
  • Non-term time - Monday - Friday: 9am -12pm

Classic Club members may also attend Aqua Fit sessions at the cost of £4.00 per session; this can be booked in person or via 0115 74 87000. 

Pool Lifeguard Courses - NPLQ

University of Nottingham Sport is an approved training centre for the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards and delivers the National Pool Lifeguard qualification (9th edition). Recognised throughout the UK and the leisure industry, this qualification provides you with the ability to work in a pool environment whilst training you with lifelong skills.

To be able to attend and take part in the NPLQ course you must: 

  • Be 16 years of age (candidates may begin training at 15, but must be 16 at the time of the assessment)
  • Be able to meet the following basic fitness criteria:
  • Jump/dive into deep water
  • Swim 50m in less than 60 seconds
  • Swim 100m continuously on front and 100m continuously on back in deep water
  • Tread water for 30 seconds
  • Surface dive to the floor of the pool
  • Climb out unaided without ladder/steps where the pool design permits
  • Swim a minimum of 100m Breaststroke

We strongly recommend that you have a good breaststroke technique as many of the technical rescues require a modified form of Breaststroke kick.

All courses are £245 per person

For more information on the course or how to book, please email: or contact reception on 0115 7487000.


Swimming Pool FAQs

I have a UoN sports and fitness membership - can I use the swimming pool?

Yes, all our student, staff, alumni and associate membership packages include use of the swimming pool free-of-charge. Check out our opening times to see when the pool is available for general member swimming. 

For public members, use of the swimming pool is available to customers who have purchased our Fitness Suite and Pool or Pool only membership.

What are the dimensions of the pool?
The pool is 25m x 18m. The shallow end can vary as there is a moveable floor. The deepest part of the pool is 2.2m. 
I have a disability and / or long-term medical condition. How can I arrange to gain access through the swimming pool entrance? 

We kindly request that all users use the main David Ross Sports Village reception to access the building. Please  click here for the route to the swimming pool.

However we do recognise that some customers with a disability or long-term medical condition may find this arrangement challenging. With that in mind, alternative entrance through the side doors closest to the swimming pool via swipe card may be arranged. 

Should you wish to make use of this arrangement, please complete the self-declaration form online here or in person via our David Ross main reception or swimming pool reception.



University of Nottingham Sport

David Ross Sports Village
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

telephone: +44 (0)115 74 87000