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Tone the body and relax the mind with swimming at Riverside Leisure Centre or South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre (SWFLC).

Swimming at Riverside

Our brand new pools complex at Riverside offers a whole new, state of the art experience. You can enjoy public swimming, fun sessions, parties, lessons and more. 

You can use: 

  • a state of the art 25m x 10 lane main pool with changeable depth. Please note our main pool is sometimes split into two sections, to allow us to run multiple sessions at the same time. 
  • a 10m learner pool
  • a splash zone
  • an accessibility hoist and platform
  • a flume - find out about times for the flume
  • new changing facilities
  • accessible changing and a Changing Places area

Riverside is a Breastfeeding Welcome centre. Please speak to one of our team for more information.


Times and prices for public swimming

Peak times

Monday to Friday, open to 9am and 5pm to close

Saturday and Sunday, open to 12pm

Off peak times

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to close

ourChelmsford Lite card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £6

Discounted (under 21s): £5.40

Under 5: £1.50

Family: £17.40  (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).

Off peak prices

Standard: £5

All discounted: £4.50

Under 5: £1.50

Family: £14.60  (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).

ourChelmsford Plus card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £5

Discounted (under 21s): £4.50

Under 5: free

Family: £14.50  (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).

Off peak prices

Standard: £4

All discounted: £3.50

Under 5: free

Family: £11.60  (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).

All spectators are required to pay £1.50.

You can find prices for the special fun sessions here.

Save money by upgrading to an ourChelmsford Plus or monthly Premium membership. 

Monthly memberships

Things you need to know


The pools complex, including the changing area is a shoe-free zone, this includes the removal of flip flops. You will also need to leave buggies in the buggy park.


To keep everyone safe, we operate adult to child ratios and maximum capacity at our swimming pools. 

Children that are seven years and under can’t use the pool by themselves.  

A person 16 years or over can accompany: 

  • One child that is under four years 
  • Two children that are under four years if they are wearing buoyancy aids, such as armbands or a float suit 
  • Two children that are between four and seven years. 


Swimming with children

Swim nappies

Children who usually wear nappies, must wear a swim nappy in the pool. You can purchase these from reception for £1.70 each.

Baby changing
The group changing areas have baby changing facilities available.   

Booking and entrance

  • Booking is only available for Musical Splash, Inspired by Disney and Family Fun sessions. For all other sessions just come along to reception or a kiosk and purchase your ticket. 
  • You can book tickets for Musical Splash, Inspired by Disney and Family Fun sessions online  or by calling 01245 615050.
  • To book online, each person must have their own ourChelmsford account.
  • If you are a multi-site monthly member, you can tap straight through the barrier with your ourChelmsford card, sticker, fob or wristband.
  • If you need to pay for swimming you will need to go to reception or a kiosk. This will activate your ourChelmsford card and allow you through the barriers. 
  • If you have forgotten your card you will need to collect a barcode from reception or a kiosk to get through the barriers. 

Lockers and changing rooms

  • There are individual cubicles, a male group changing area and a female group changing area.
  • A Changing Places area and accessible changing facilities are available.
  • If you want to use a locker, you will need a £1 coin to release the key. You will get the £1 back when you return the key.  


Swimming accessories 

  • You can by buys Zoggs swimwear, goggles, floats and more at reception.
  • Fins, paddles, mermaid tails and snorkels are not allowed in the pool.

What to bring

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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink, may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

You can also give us your feedback about the new centre.

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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