Dementia Friendly Swimming

Dementia Friendly Swimming

Information on our dementia friendly swimming sessions and the Bristol swimming pools that have them.

Dementia friendly swimming sessions are quieter sessions at swimming pools with trained staff and appropriate facilities.

You don’t need to be able to swim for these dementia friendly sessions. They are for people of all abilities and if you want advice you can speak to our pool staff.

All our accessible swimming sessions are in a safe, supportive environment with:

  • staff specially trained by St Monica Trust
  • improved signage
  • larger, unisex changing booths
  • constant temperatures of 27 to 30 degrees

See our Dementia Friendly Swimming video and find out what some of our swimmers think.

Carers and the dementia friendly swimming sessions

If you’ve a carer they can come swimming for free.

We have unisex and accessible changing rooms where your carer can help you change.

If your carer doesn’t want to swim then most pools have a space at the poolside or in a viewing gallery where they can sit.

Swimming pools and their dementia friendly swimming times

When you go to a swimming pool tell reception staff you’re there for a dementia friendly session.

Some pools will ask you to register for a free leisure card if you don’t already have one.

Henbury Leisure Centre

  • Monday: 10am to 10.55am during term time and 3pm to 5pm
  • Thursday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Sunday:  4pm to 6pm

Horfield Leisure Centre

Senior Swimming

  • Monday: 1.30pm to 2.30pm 
  • Tuesday: 9am to 11.55am 
  • Thursday: 9am to 11.55am 

Public swimming: quieter time slots

  • Monday: 9am to 11.55am and 2.30pm to 3.55pm
  • Tuesday: 1.30pm to 2.55 and 3pm to 3.55pm
  • Wednesday: 9am to 11.55am and 1.30pm to 3.55pm
  • Thursday: 1.30pm to 3.55
  • Friday: 9am to 11.55am and 1.30pm to 3.55pm

Easton Leisure Centre

Senior Swimming Sessions

  • Monday: 10.30am to 12noon
  • Tuesday: 11.30am to 12noon
  • Thursday: 11.30am to 11.55am
  • Friday: 11.30am to 12noon

Hengrove Park Leisure Centre

50+ Swimming Sessions

  • Monday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Tuesday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Wednesday: 12noon to 1.30pm
  • Thursday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Friday: 3pm to 4pm
  • Saturday: 10.30am to 11.30am

Accessible Swimming Sessions

  • Wednesday: 1pm to 2pm
  • Thursday: 12.30pm to 1.30pm
  • Friday: 12noon to 1pm

Bristol South Swimming Pool

Accessible Swimming Sessions

  • Tuesday: 9am to 11.55am and 3pm to 3.55pm
  • Thursday: 11am to 11.55am and 3pm to 3.55pm

Jubilee Swimming Pool

Accessible Swimming Session

  • Friday: 10.30am to 12noon

50+ Swimming Sessions

  • Monday: 9am to 10.30am
  • Tuesday: 2.30pm to 3.30pm
  • Wednesday: 11am to 12noon
  • Friday: 9am to 10.30am