The swimming pools at Dunston Leisure Centre are open, but due to Gateshead Council's response to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic an alternative timetable is currently in operation.
There are a range of different swim sessions available to book. Please choose the one that best suits you needs and ability. All sessions must be booked in advance.
We've also have revised operating procedures in place to help keep you safe while visiting the leisure centre. Please familiarise yourself with these in advance of your visit.
Each session lasts for 45 minutes unless specified. If you do want longer in the pool you may book consecutive sessions depending upon available capacity.
Slow lane swimming
Suitable for recreational swimmers who swim at a relaxed pace or over shorter distances. These lanes will always be against the side of the pool and if you prefer you may also stay within your depth in this session.
Medium lane swimming
Intended for recreational swimmers who are comfortable swimming full lengths of the pool at a reasonable pace. These lanes will usually be against the side of the pool.
Fast lane swimming
A single lane along the middle of the pool, intended for those who swim regularly for fitness.
Faster lane swimming
A single lane along the middle of the pool, to be used by those with a competitive swimming background or who are able to swim at speeds in excess of 30 seconds per length for extended periods of time.
Family swimming (Main pool and small pool)
The large pool sessions are suitable for adults or guardians with older children who are competent swimmers. They are intended as fun sessions and a chance to have a splash about. Anyone looking to swim continuously should book a lane swimming session instead.
The small pool sessions are ideal for adults or guardians with babies, toddlers or young children, with plenty of space to play.
These sessions will be aimed at families who have children with special educational needs and disabilities. Although SEND swimmers are welcome at all swimming sessions, this dedicated session will give an opportunity for the whole family to swim in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. Both the small pool and the main pool will be available, and you should book whichever pool you are comfortable swimming in.