Swimming

Our 25m pool can be found at Brookes Sport Harcourt Hill and caters for our local Oxfordshire community alongside Oxford Brookes students and staff.

At just over 30 degrees, it provides an excellent facility to relax and unwind, the perfect place for children to learn how to swim, and an ideal location for those looking for injury rehab.

This is also where you will find our steam room and sauna - perfect for relaxing, and is covered by your entry to the pool.

Swimming lesson in pool

Opening hours and booking slots

Our current pool timetabled sessions are still operating as bookable swim sessions which have a maximum capacity.  Each session is limited to 20 swimmers and can be booked via the Brookes Sport app or web Book Online portal.  Where possible, please continue to arrive "Beach Ready" and Shower Dress and Exit promptly after your swim to help in limiting the occupancy of changing rooms at any given time.

Due to limited numbers in the pool, ALL swimmers aged 5 years and over will need to be registered and booked onto a swim session - this includes children who have not been required to register in the past. Under 5's who swim for free, do not need to be registered and are exempt from booking. Please click here to register swimmers aged 5+.

Our Child : Adult swimming ratio applies to all public swimming sessions:

  • 0 to 5 years - must be accompanied in the water 1:1 ratio by a responsible adult
  • 6 to 8 years - must be accompanied in the water 1:2 ratio by a responsible adult
  • 9 to 11 years - must be accompanied in the building by a responsible adult
  • 12 years and older can swim without a responsible adult in the building

Lane Swim - swimming for exercise (generally for 16+), for those who continuous swim 25m lengths of the pool in one of 3 lanes that are available, according to their level of fitness and/or speed (Slow, Medium and Fast)

Open Swim - general public swim sessions available to all

All public swimming sessions can be book on a PAYG basis or as part of a membership package either paid monthly via direct debit/ annual upfront. Please see our memberships page for further details.

We also offer Junior swim only monthly direct debit memberships for any junior aged 5-15 years who is linked to an adult member. For more information regarding Junior Memberships, please email sportsmembership@brookes.ac.uk

Swimming Pool Timetable

Our pool timetable sessions can be viewed 'real time' on the Brookes Sport app which is available from iTunes App Store or Google Play

Brookes Sport Swim School

Brookes Sport Swim School provides high quality swimming lessons for children (aged 4 years upwards) and adults of all abilities.

For more information, please see our Swim School page.

School and community group use

In addition to being used by the University clubs, the Brookes Sport pool is pleased to support a number of schools and local clubs. 

Swimmers receive a certificate each time they complete a schools-swimming stage. This certification will be taken into account if children enrol into Brookes Sport Swim School.

Clubs and groups using our pool:

If you are interested in making a booking for your club or school, please get in contact with us at sportsbookings@brookes.ac.uk

For general swimming queries, please email us at HarcourtHill.Sport@brookes.ac.uk or give us a call on 01865 488379.