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Whether you’re looking for a relaxed paddle, somewhere to get some lengths in or a place for the kids to have fun splashing around, there’s plenty of swimming pools in Aberdeen to choose from.
There’s actually a lot more choice in the city than I realised until it came to writing this post and even with the recent temporary closure of the Beach Leisure Centre pool, we’re still spoilt for choice.
So whether that’s a private or public pool. We’ve got you covered.
Public Pools in Aberdeen
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One of the newest pools in Aberdeen, having only re-opened in October 2022 after years of extensive renovations.
As well as a state of the art fitness centre, you’ll find the five lane, 25metre pool which hosts Adult only public lane swimming and free swim sessions to both Sport Aberdeen members and members of the public.
You do not need to book in advance for these and the pool is open from 6am until 9:30pm during the week and 8am to 5pm at weekends.
Aberdeen Sports Village
A truly world-class facility, the Sports Village boasts an Olympic-sized 50m pool with 10 lanes, as well as a 25m pool with a floating floor.
It’s also the only pool in Aberdeen that I’m aware of that has diving facilities up to 10m in height.
There is a range of classes available for those who may be interested in learning to dive as well as the ability for the public to use the diving boards.
One of the best facilities for swimmers in Aberdeen, this is one not to be missed. Classes are available for all age groups.
Beach Leisure Centre
As we mentioned earlier, this pool is currently closed due to increased costs to keep it open.
A firm favourite of many Aberdonian, this pool hasn’t changed much over the years, with it geared much more towards children than serious swimmers.
You won’t be able to do any lengths here.
The pool is a circular shape with a wave channel, slides, sprinklers and the best part of all, the Flumes.
We hope that we’ll see this pool re-open again in future, but with development plans underway for regeneration, it may be that this pool gets a grand upgrade before we see it open its doors again.
Update: Sadly this pool has been closed indefinitely, with plans to demolish the entire beach leisure centre.
Another recently opened pool is the one that is at Lochside Academy.
Open to the public, this pool is part of the Sport Aberdeen set of pools and is a 25m pool with a small spectator area. Lochside run public swimming sessions as well as lane swimming.
Hours are a little more restricted here due to the facilities being part of the Academy, but if you’re looking for an evening swim then definitely check out the timetable for this one.
Set in the Bucksburn Community Campus, is this popular 25m pool that is also part of the Sport Aberdeen portfolio.
With opening hours covering the entire day, this is one that is available most hours for public use, although it’s worth checking for sure checking the Timetables section of the Sport Aberdeen website.
This pool offers classes, public swimming as well as things like Aqua Zumba classes.
If you’re considering using the Sport Aberdeen pools regularly, then we can highly recommend signing up for a Fitness Membership as it grants you access to all Sport Aberdeen swimming pools and gyms across the city for an excellent price.
Update: Sadly this pool has been closed indefinitely due to budget cuts from the council. There are however active petitions for the Scottish Government to step in and re-open this beloved community pool.
Bridge of Don
Bridge of Don Swimming pool is located inside the Academy and so is only open select hours outside of school times.
This is a 25m pool and has a variety of options when it comes to swimming sessions including accessible swimming sessions. There are also a number of swimming lessons on offer at Bridge of Don pool so if learning to swim or improving your swimming technique is something you’re interested in, then have a look here.
Tullos pool is on the south side of Aberdeen and again is set inside the Tullos School, so hours are slightly more limited than most other pools in the city.
A 25m pool coupled with a smaller learner pool making this one of the best pools in Aberdeen for adults with small children.
It’s actually the pool that my mum used to take me to when I was a toddler, way way back. Not that I can remember.
So that covers pretty much all the public swimming pools in Aberdeen and are pools that you can visit without having a membership.
Private Pools in Aberdeen
If you’re looking for something a bit more exclusive then check out some of the private pools on offer at gyms around Aberdeen.
Found in the Garthdee area of the city, this is a private members only gym that offers not only a swimming pool, but a spa, gym and tennis court. Giving you quite a lot for your membership.
The majority of the day are family swim sessions, but if you’re looking for some more rigid lane swimming then early morning or late evening are your best choice of hours.
It’s always worth checking the timetables though for the most up to date information.
One of the most central swimming pools in Aberdeen, Warehouse gym is located down in the Regent Quay area of the city.
Warehouse Gym has a 17m pool that was refurbished relatively recently and probably is more for just a chilled breast stroke rather than getting in your fastest front crawl lengths.
As well as the pool, you’ll have access to the gym which in my opinion has some of the best weightlifting equipment in the city. There’s also saunas in each of the changing rooms.
Memberships are £39.99 per person on a monthly direct debit, although discounted rates are available for students/blue light members.
Another centrally located members only swimming pool is Nuffield gym on Justice Mill Lane, which can be found at the Holburn Street end of Union Street.
The gym boasts a 20metre heated pool which I believe only offers lane swimming, so it’s definitely used more for those looking to get some serious lengths in.
Along with the pool, you’ll also have access to the poolside sauna and steamroom and full use of the gym facilities.
Gym memberships start at £54 per month for the off-peak membership and ties you in to a 12 month contract minimum.
Are swimming pools open in Aberdeen?
Most of the pools have their timetables linked above, but given that most of the restrictions are now a thing of the past, you should find most of them are open in Aberdeen.
Hopefully, that’s given you plenty of options when it comes to finding a Swimming Pool in Aberdeen that suits your needs.
Let us know if there are any that we’ve missed out on or if you’ve tried any of these based on our recommendations. We love to hear feedback from our readers.
If you’re looking for more things to do in Aberdeen then be sure to check out our city guide.