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Swimming is an extremely popular sport in Manchester. There is a wide selection of swimming facilities around Greater Manchester to suit all levels of talent and experience. Indoor and outdoor swimming pools are available for booking online using Playfinder. Pool lengths vary, with the largest being the 50m Olympic size. There are several 25m pools too. Diving boards have been installed at a select few of the facilities for anyone interested in looking to replicate the successes of Olympic heroes Dan Goodfellow and Tom Daley. Showers and changing rooms make it possible for visitors to drop in for a swim before cracking on with their day.
The Salford University swimming pool is a 25 metre, 5 lane, deck level swimming pool, with sauna and spa. Open, adult, junior swimming lessons can be booked through its Dolphin Academy. Students are able to use the pool for canoeing, scuba diving, canoe water polo and swimming. Salford’s swimming pool is very close to the David Lewis Sports Ground, which is next-door to the University of Salford Student’s Union and Wallness Lane. Salford Central and Salford Crescent are the best train stations to access this superb swimming venue. If trams are your preference, then the Crescent / Salford Crescent Station is very close to the sports venue. There is parking available for those swimmers travelling by car. Showers and changing rooms mean swimming enthusiasts can get changed before a swim or head straight out afterwards.
Clarendon Leisure Centre has a 25 metre swimming pool, which should be noted is shallow at both ends. There is also a teaching pool. Lifeguards are employed to ensure all swimmers are safe while in the water. The grassroots venue is accessible to wheelchair users and there are disabled toilets onsite. Clarendon Leisure Centre is situated on Liverpool Street next-door to Clarendon Pharmacy and Salford Arts Theatre. The grassroots sports venue can be reached via the local tram service and the closest station is Liverpool Street / Soderick Avenue. If you’re travelling by car, then there is parking available outside the sports venue.
Swimmers heading down to Eccles Leisure Centre will find a top quality 25 metre swimming pool, with a shallow and deep end. Professional and well-trained lifeguards are always pool-side to guarantee that all swimmers are safe when in the water. The grassroots venue is accessible to wheelchair users and there are disabled toilets onsite. There are cycle racks for cyclists and disabled bays for parking. Car parking is pay and display, so check with the venue about costs and make sure you have the correct change for the machines. This sports facility is based just off Barton Lane and opposite Eccles Library and around the corner from Eccles Town Hall. Church Street / Eccles Library tram station is the best way to reach the venue on public transport.
Broughton Leisure Centre has installed a smart 25 metre swimming pool that has a deep end and a shallow end. Lifeguards are employed to ensure all swimmers are out of danger while having a splash a about. Changing rooms and showers are here to let swimmers get ready before and after a session in the pool. The best way to travel to Broughton Leisure Centre via public transport is to use the bus stop: Great Cheetham St West/Bury New Rd.
Swinton and Pendlebury Leisure Centre is home to a top class 25m swimming pool. The facility employs lifeguards to watch over local swimmers to ensure they remain safe when in the water. Visitors can take advantage of the re-furbished changing rooms which make it possible for people to pop in before work or head out straight after a swim. The grassroots venue is accessible to wheelchair users, while there are disabled toilet facilities and a swimming pool hoist. If you’re coming by car there is a free car park which includes disabled bays. Cyclists have four cycle-racks to choose from. Swinton and Pendlebury Leisure Centre is located just off Destructor Road and Cromwell Road. If anyone is coming here on public transport, then head to either Station Road / Swinton Station tram or Swinton Overground.
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