Swimming pool admissions policy


Customers should wear appropriate costumes for swimming that conform to safety, cultural and teaching requirements. It is important that swimwear is relatively tight fitting so as to minimise the effect of drag that water logged clothing can create. Sensitivity is required to ensure the correct balance when cultural demands require looser fitting garments

Cut down jeans, 3/4 Pants, underwear, t-shirts and football shorts are not allowed.

Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council does not accept any responsibility for any fabric discoloration to swimwear.


The chewing of gum or consumption of food in the swimming pool is not permitted. Please use the toilet and ensure that you have washed your hands and showered thoroughly before entering the water. Please refrain from swimming for 48 hours if you have suffered from vomiting and/or diarrhoea.

Please refrain from swimming if you have suffered from cryptosporidiosis in the last 14 days.


Please ask your health professional about your baby's first visit to the pool.

Young babies and toddlers should wear appropriate swim nappies which fit comfortably, therefore preventing embarrassing accidents in the water.

A responsible adult should accompany all children aged 7 and under and/or any non-swimmers into the swimming pool. The adult must go into the water with the children they are accompanying and maintain a constant watch over the children that they are responsible for.

The maximum number of children aged 7 and under can be supervised by one adult is two. A responsible adult must accompany children aged 3 years and under on a one-to-one basis (each pool may vary on ratio - please check at each site).


Diving is not allowed in certain pools or pool areas - suitable parts of the pool are clearly identified for diving.

Personal safety

Please inform the lifeguard on pool duty if you feel you need to make him/her aware of any circumstance that may affect your swimming ability.

All jewellery including watches should be removed - glasses may be worn if they have plastic lenses.

Swimming goggles

Swimming goggles may be used in the swimming pool. Face masks, snorkels or other full facial masks are prohibited.

Electronic devices

MP3 players or other water proof electronic devices are not permitted in the swimming pools. Mobile phones, cameras and other photographic equipment are not permitted in the changing areas and swimming pools. Anyone wishing to use photographic equipment in the facility must obtain prior permission from the duty manager.

Listen to the lifeguard

All of our lifeguards hold the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification. Please listen to them and read poolside signs and user information to ensure that your swim is safe and enjoyable.

Unruly behaviour, foul or abusive language will not be tolerated. Once warned, if an individual persists, they will be asked to leave the building and no refund will be given.

Facilities for the disabled

All pools have a pool hoist, which is available for use.

All changing rooms and pools are accessible by wheelchair and some have larger cubicles for changing as well as toilet facilities.

If you have any special requirements, please do not hesitate to ask a member of staff.

Please check venues for any special sessions.

How to swim safely in a lane swimming session

These sessions are for those who can swim competently at least 50 metres without stopping. Speed and stroke ability does not matter.

Note which way round you are swimming and keep close to the lane rope.

Be aware, when you push off, of the swimmer behind you.

Try to swim continuously but if you need a rest, allow enough space for other swimmers to pass.

Front crawl or breaststroke are advisable during these sessions.