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Taking a baby or toddler swimming can be a fantastic activity to do together, but many parents do worry about what temperature the pool will be.  Here’s our guide to swimming pools in the area which are open to the public.  Many are very small ones.

The Loyne School, Lancaster
Our lovely warm pool is a separate building connected to The Loyne Specialist School.  The pool is 12m x 5m and is heated to 34C, perfect for little ones as well as mummy and daddy!  We offer a number of community sessions, Quiet Swim, Family Swim and of course our popular Parent and Toddler swim which runs each Wednesday.  Sessions run from 10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.  Both sessions are one hour inclusive of changing time.  Arm bands and floatation aids are provided and babies and toddlers love playing with our baby safe pool toys.  We also have a fantastic light and sound system and play suitable music for you and your little one to enjoy!  
Further information can be found on our website: www.loyneschool.org.uk/pool/

To book or to make enquiries please: 
phone 01524 64543 and leave a message on our pool answer phone 
or email pool@loyne.lancs.sch.uk.  

Bookings are taken as a block for each half term and include 1 free session if the whole half term is booked.  All children under 3 swim free. Want to try it first?  Why not book a taster session, just £5.00 per adult!
We hope to see you soon.

Holgates – Silverdale
swimming pool on the caravan site.  Lovely, warm pool (30 degrees), separate baby pool.  Jacuzzi, steam room and sauna too.  Open to the public, long opening hours, including bank holidays.
1 mixed changing room with cubicles, including 2 family cubicles.

Carnforth Swimming Pool
located next to Carnforth High School, a small community pool, kept at 30 degrees, they have family sessions, swimming lessons, classes for parents and babies/toddlers, tween swim sessions and more.  Check opening times and activities here. There’s a pre-schooler swimming session on Mondays 11-12.
separate male and female changing, open plan.

3-1-5, by J34
the pool is mainly for gym members, but they do have an open baby/toddler session on Tuesdays 11-12, Fridays 12-1pm and Saturdays 12.30-1.30.  Separate children’s pool is very warm and has toys available. £5 per adult, +£2.50 for other family members (your child swims free)
separate male and female changing,large open plan rooms with some private cubicles.

Salt Ayre
large pool (temp 30 degrees), large separate children’s pool (same water as main pool), usually kept at a very shallow depth, great for toddlers who like to run around splashing without fear of it getting deeper.
1 large mixed change cubicle area, including a lot of very large cubicles suitable for families.

Heysham Community Pool
located next to Bay Leadership Academy (formerly Heysham High School), trying to find out info! Their website still says opening Autumn 2018, recent press releases say Spring 2019, but that doesn’t seem to have happened. Watch this space.

Fell End Holiday Park, Milnthorpe
lovely warm pool (29-30 degrees), open to the public every day until 6:30pm for under 16s. Age 4 and under are free, 5-16 £3, adults £5 or family ticket £10 (2+2)
separate male and female changing area with choice of open plan or cubicles.

Lancaster University
the pool can be a little cold (kept at 28.5 degrees), and the shallow end is too deep for toddlers and preschoolers to stand in.  However, it’s modern, clean, open all day and generally has lots of families in there, plus, it’s only 60p for children under 5 years old.
mixed cubicle changing area, with separate small open plan rooms for male and female leading off from it.

Lune Valley Swimming Pool
this is the swimming pool in Hornby.  It was re-opened in September 2018 as a pool run by the local communtiy rather than the council.  Pool temp is always between 29.5-30.5 degrees. Lessons, family sessions and lane swimming available. See opening times and timetable here. Under 3s go free.

Capernwray, Capernwray Hall
beautiful pool, (temp 29-30 degrees), open to the public daily and there’s a jacuzzi too, but check opening times as the public sessions aren’t all day long.  Under 5s swim for free, and 5-15 year olds are just £2
separate male and female group changing area

Kendal Leisure Centre 
25m main pool (29 degrees) and warmer 12.5m learner pool (30-31 degrees).  Under 3s go free.
1 large mixed change cubicle area, including some large cubicles suitable for families.

Ulverston Leisure Centre 
25m main pool (29 degrees), parent and toddler sessions available as well as family funtime sessions at the weekend.  Under 3s go free.
separate male and female group changing area each containing some cubicles