Aquatic Activities

Gwynedd Council continues to work towards developing aquatic activities for the residents of Gwynedd. The numerous benefits of aquatic activities include:

  • Swimming is a life skill and saves lives.
  • Swimming is convenient for some people who find other forms of physical exercise too difficult.
  • Individuals can swim alone or in groups, informally or as an arranged activity 
  • Families can swim together.  
  • Swimming is an activity for all ages.  
  • Swimming opens the door to aquatic activities such as rowing, surfing, sailing, scuba diving etc. 

There are a number of activities on offer, from swimming, diving and kayaking lessons, swimming clubs, water aerobics and much more.

Free swimming under 16

Any child living in Gwynedd can become a member of their local Leisure Centre for free.
After becoming a member, these children can participate in any of the popular free swimming activities. The Free Swimming sessions also include some public sessions. For more information contact your local Gwynedd Council swimming pool.

Free swimming 60+

Wales residents over 60 years old can swim in any of Gwynedd’s swimming pools for free during public sessions during school term time.

(Please note - the free sessions are not available during the school holidays. You must be a member to take advantage of the free sessions - membership is £9.50 per annum)

Many swimming pools offer activities with a trainer every week; 

This could vary in each pool, so it’s worth contacting them beforehand. What about bringing your friends along with you and participate in some of the following activities: 

  • An Aquafit Session
  • Swimming lessons
  • Stroke improvement session 

Please note that you should discuss with your doctor before starting your exercise programme.

Swimming lessons

Gwynedd Council runs a variety of swimming lessons for people of various abilities.  The lessons are all based on the national learning plan Swim Wales, namely The Aqua Passport, with the lessons being taught by qualified staff. For more information, go to: o'r to learn more about the swimming lesson pathway click here

In addition, one to one lessons are available; if you believe you would benefit from this kind of training, contact your local Gwynedd Council swimming pool. 

Important information

Here is a list of things you could do to assist in developing your child’s swimming. 

  • Ensure that your child is wearing appropriate swimwear. Not too long or too loose. 
  • Ensure that your child wears a swimming cap / ties back long hair and wears goggles as this will help their development.  
  • Stay with your child until the swimming lesson starts. 
  • Ensure that your child uses the toilet and showers using soap before going swimming. If your child has suffered any diarrhoea lately, it is recommended that they should not use the swimming pool. 

Swimming clubs

Many swimming and aquatic clubs are held in Gwynedd swimming pools. If you are interested in joining any Swimming, Diving, Kayaking or Water Polo clubs, contact your local Gwynedd Council swimming pool. 


At a recent WLGA Council meeting, elected members from all Welsh local authorities unanimously approved a proposal from the Welsh Government to offer free swimming in nominated public leisure centres to veterans and armed service personnel on leave.

The scheme will start in all Gwynedd Council Swimming Pools on the 1st of January 2016.

Veterans and armed forces personnel wanting to take advantage of the scheme must be in possession of an MOD Defence Privilege Card. Those without a card will be unable to access the scheme until they purchase a card from the MOD Defence Discount Service (


Swimming Policy

Arfon Leisure Centre, Caernarfon

Bangor Aquatics and Healthy Lifestyles Centre, Bangor

Bro Dysynni Leisure Centre, Tywyn

Bro Ffestiniog Swimming Pool, Blaenau Ffestiniog

Dwyfor Leisure Centre, Pwllheli

Glaslyn Leisure Centre, Porthmadog

Penllyn Leisure Centre, Bala

Gwynedd’s Swimming Pools

Y BalaBangorBlaenau FfestiniogCaernarfonPorthmadogPwllheli and Tywyn.

For further information about Swimming in Gwynedd, contact the Sports Development Unit on 01766 771000 or e-mail