Get Swimming


Where to Swim

Dover Leisure Centre has a 25m pool and a 10m teaching pool, with a sauna/steam suite attached. The centre offers a Swim School Programme for all ages and abilities and a suitable range of courses.

Tides Leisure Centre is a gently sloping beach style pool (12m x 18m) with a wave machine and jacuzzi pools. The pool is ideal for learners and people with disabilities as they can choose the the depth of water they feel comfortable to swim in. 

Walmer Paddling Pool is an outdoor paddling pool on Walmer Sea Front suitable for young children. The pool has qualified lifeguards, a refreshment kiosk serving hot and cold snacks, changing rooms with toilets, and deck chairs for hire. Alongside the pool is a grassed games area offering 'Pitch & Putt' and a Bouncy Castle. The pool is open from May to September.

Beaches in the Dover District

Channel Swimming contributes towards Dover's world famous status, presenting open water swimmers from around the globe with the challenge to swim from England to France across the Channel. However for the less adventurous, the beaches along the coastline offer a free family day out:

  • Shakespeare Cliff Beach
  • Dover Sea Front
  • St Margarets Bay
  • Kingsdown, Walmer and Deal Beach

Local Swimming Clubs