Manchester City Council

Sports, leisure & the Arts Swimming in Manchester

MCRactive Card

Anyone can swim for less with an MCRactive Card. You can also use the card when you pay and play other sports. To get one, visit your local leisure centre or join online.

Free swimming for Manchester residents

If you are aged 60 or over, you can enjoy free swimming in Manchester every day, all year round during general swim sessions. If you're aged 16 or under then you can enjoy free swimming during all school holidays, in general swim sessions. You can swim at any pool operated by the Council including Abraham Moss, North City, Manchester Aquatics Centre, East Manchester, Arcadia, Moss Side, Hough End and Wythenshawe Forum.

To register visit your local pool that offers 'free swimming' and ask a member of staff to help you. If you currently have a swim pass and are a Manchester resident, you do not need to re-register.

When you register you will need to bring with you: 

  • proof of age (bus pass, driving licence, passport, birth certificate): and
  • proof of where you live (utility bill, such as your council tax bill, gas bill etc).

Active Aqua

Active Aqua classes, led by our fully-qualified instructors, are designed to help improve your health and well-being and get you more active. If you're a beginner or if it's been a while since you've swam, it's also a great way to welcome you into the pool and help you gain confidence in the water.

For further details please see http://www.better.org.uk/activeaqua

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