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Swimming is a great way for families to have fun together. Being in the water helps us to be more active and stay healthy and is also a great way to unwind and have lots of fun. At each of the leisure centres we offer fun swimming sessions on Saturday and Sunday, and on every day of the school holidays.  
These sessions are aimed at families and we provide exciting inflatable play areas and lots of toys and floats to make the sessions great fun for all ages.

Excitement for the whole family at our Fun Swimming sessions

Atherton Leisure Centre
189 Romford Road, London, E15 4JF 
• Large adventure slide and play area 
• Toys, floats and balls

Balaam Leisure Centre
14 Balaam Street, Plaistow, E13 8AQ
• Adventure slide and play area 
• Water polo
• Disney character balls and floats
• Water games for all ages

East Ham Leisure Centre
324 Barking Road, East Ham, E6 2RT
• Large water slide over 10 metres long (5 years+)
• Cave area - with shallow water for toddlers
• Water cannon / spray jets / bubbles
• Balls, floats and toys

Newham Leisure Centre
281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow, E13 8SD
• Adventure slide and play area 
• Toys, floats and balls


Newham Council provides FREE general swimming sessions to Newham residents aged under 16 and over 60. This does not include weekend fun swimming sessions.

Fun Swimming Sessions
Centre Saturday Sunday
Atherton 1.00pm - 2.00pm 1.00pm - 2:00pm
Balaam 12.30pm - 2.00pm 12.30pm - 2.00pm
East Ham 2.00pm - 3.30pm 2.00pm - 3.30pm
Newham 2.30pm - 4.00pm 1.00pm - 2.30pm
3.00pm - 4.30pm

During the school holidays we provide fun swimming sessions every day and also organise special activities such as ball games in the pool and underwater treasure hunts.
• Please check the swimming timetables for details of everything that is on offer
• Concessionary proof must be provided. Click here for a full list of proof of eligibilty.

Booking system in operation
You can book your place in advance at our Fun Swimming sessions at the 4 leisure centres. This will avoid the need for you and your family to queue and will guarantee that you have a place at these very popular swimmimg sessions. 
This will include the regular Fun Swimming sessions that take place every week-end as well as the special sessions that we provide during the school holidays.

How will I be able to book my session?
Booking a fun swimming session is now much simpler. Please follow these easy steps.
1.        You will need to register with activeNewham by following this LINK. We will then send you your activeNewham card which you will need to use every time you come to a leisure centre for a swim.
2. If you live in Newham your card will be FREE of charge. Customers who live outside Newham will be charged £60 for the card.
3. The amount you pay for your swimming session will depend on the type of membership that you have with activeNewham. Details are given in the table below.
4. You can book your session using the online booking portal* or by calling the Customer Service Centre on 0300 124 0123
5. To guarantee your space we ask that sessions be paid for in advance. This can be done by either debit or credit card online or by calling the Customer Service Centre on 0300 124 0123
6. Sessions can be booked up to 6 days in advance
7. Once you have paid for your session you can pick up your tickets at Reception on the day
8. If a session is full we will do our best to find you an alternative session at one of the other leisure centres.

Using the online booking portal
You can book your session using the online booking portal.

1. Home Screen
Please make sure that you enter the name of the leisure centre you want to visit in the top field "What's on at"

2. Go to "Make A Booking"

3. Select "Swim Session"

4. Select the session you would like to attend
    The available slots will appear on screen for you to choose

Fun Swimming prices (from 2nd January 2016)
                Casual Price  Get Active Pay & Play  Get Active Concession Pay & Play
 Junior  £1.80 £1.80  £1.80
 Youth  £3.75  £3.75  £3.75
 Adult  £3.75  £3.75  £3.75
 Senior  £1.80  £1.80  £1.80
Swim Safely Admission Rules

• Under 8’s must be accompanied by a competent adult swimmer (over 16yrs old and recommended that they be able to swim at least 25 meters).
• No more than two under 8’s to each competent adult swimmer.
• The competent adult swimmer must actively supervise the under 8’s
• Weak/non swimmers, under 8’s, must be actively supervised in the water, all non-swimmers must remain in shallow water, and are not permitted past the relevant mark on poolside situated at a depth of 1.2m.  This includes anyone wearing armbands or using other swimming aids, as well as adults who are weak or non-swimmers.
• Young people aged between 9 – 16 years must show that they are able to competently swim 25 meters before they are allowed to swim outside the shallow water area.
• Young people who have demonstrated they are able to swim 25 meters must wear the wristband given to them at all times. 
• It is strongly recommended that under 8’s and all non-swimmers wear armbands and /or another appropriate type of buoyancy aid.
• Non swimmers over the age of 16 are recommended to be accompanied in the water by a competent adult swimmer.
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