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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 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. 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
  • accessibility pods, hoist and platform
  • a flume - find out about times for the flume
  • fun sessions in our main or learner pool
  • 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.


Due to a nation-wide shortage of chlorine, we ask that users of our pools ensure they shower before they swim, to help keep the water fresh and clean.


Timetable

Please note that some sessions you will need to book advance. You can find out which sessions you need to book.

Sessions marked with an * in the timetable must be booked in advance.

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Times 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

Prices for public swimming

ourChelmsford Lite card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £6.40

Discounted (under 21s): £5.80

Under 5: £1.70

Family: £18.60 (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).


Off peak prices

Standard: £5.40

All discounted: £4.80

Under 5: £1.70

Family: £15.60 (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).


Spectators: £1.80

ourChelmsford Plus card prices

Peak prices

Standard: £5.40

Discounted (under 21s): £4.80

Under 5: free

Family: £15.60 (one adult and three children or two adults and two children). 

Off peak prices

Standard: £4.40 

All discounted: £3.80

Under 5: free

Family: £12.60  (one adult and three children or two adults and two children).

Spectators: free

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

Monthly memberships

You can find  prices and information about our fun sessions in the learner pool and main pool. 

Things you need to know

Booking

You will need to book the following sessions in advance (this includes monthly members):

Main pool
  • Monday to Friday: public swimming sessions after 4pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday: all swimming sessions
  • Fun sessions
  • Specialist sessions such as Sport for Confidence.
Learner pool
  • Monday to Friday: public swimming sessions after 4pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday: all swimming sessions
  • Musical splash
  • Fun sessions

To book these sessions, you can:

For all other sessions, you can get your tickets on the door, or monthly members can tap through the barrier.

Each individual customer must have their own ourChelmsford account to book. You can link multiple accounts to make booking easier.

You can book onto swimming: 

Cashless

We are a cashless centre.

Entrance

  • 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. 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. 

Cancellations

  • If you can't attend a session that you have booked onto, you must cancel at least two hours before it starts.
  • You can cancel online or via the app, or by phone.
  • We will charge you the full amount for the session if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not attend. This includes monthly members.

Shoes

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.

Safety

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 £1.50 each.

Baby changing

The group changing areas have baby changing facilities available.

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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Riverside

Centre opening times

Monday to Friday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday, 6am to 7pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Facilities

  • State of the art gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking

All prices are correct to 31 March 2023.

All information correct at time of publishing. Please check before each visit.

Contact

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Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road
Chelmsford
Essex
CM1 1FG

We are a breastfeeding friendly centre.

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