Pool at South Woodham Ferrers Leisure Centre

You can enjoy a lane swim or bring the family to a fun swim. With sessions such as musical splash, there is something for everyone. 

Our pool is fitted with a moving hydraulic floor, which allows us to split the pool into two. We can offer anything from a 25m main pool to a smaller shallow pool. 

Our newly-refurbished changing facilities are suitable for everyone, and include a changing places changing room. We also have a pool hoist for those who need a little help to get in to the pool.

SWFLC is a Breastfeeding Welcome centre. Please ask one of our team for more information

Musical splash is a fun parent and child session in the pool, with toys and musical sing-a-long, led by a qualified swimming instructor. 

The sessions are for pre-schoolers and their accompanying adults. 

Sessions run every Wednesday from 1.30pm to 2.30pm.

  • ourChelmsford Lite Card holders: £6.50
  • ourChelmsford Plus Card holders: £5.50

Session cost covers 1 adult and 1 child per booking. Please book this through the child's ourChelmsford account (the adult goes free).

Peak times

  • Monday to Friday, from opening to 9am and 5pm to close
  • Saturday and Sunday, from opening to 12pm

Off peak times

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to close


  • Standard: £5.90
  • Discounted (under 21s): £5.40
  • Under 5: £1.50
  • Family : £17.20


  • Standard: £5
  • All discounted: £4.60
  • Under 5: £1.50
  • Family: £14.60

A family ticket includes one adult and three children or two adults and two children.


  • Standard: £1.50
  • Discounted: £1.40

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


  • Standard: £4.90
  • Discounted (under 21s): £4.40
  • Under 5: free
  • Family : £14.20


  • Standard: £4
  • All discounted: £3.60
  • Under 5: free
  • Family: £11.60

A family ticket includes one adult and three children or two adults and two children.


  • Free

Save money by upgrading to a monthly Premium membership.

We advise that you book a swim session in advance on the website or via our app.

You can:

You can book onto swimming: 

  • ten days in advance if you have a monthly membership   
  • seven days in advance if you have an ourChelmsford Plus card     
  • two days in advance if you have an ourChelmsford Lite card

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


If you can't attend a session that you have booked onto, you need to cancel at least two hours before it starts either cancelling online or by calling 01245 605600. We will charge you the full amount for the class if you do not cancel in time, or if you do not attend. 

Safety ratios

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

If your child is seven years or under, they 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. 

Swim nappies

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

Baby changing

The group changing areas have baby changing facilities 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.
  • There are individual changing cubicles as well as group female and group male changing areas available. 

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Last updated: 22 November 2022