Changes to Free Swimming in Newport  

This October, changes will be made to the Free Swimming sessions available across Newport Live venues. 

Following an independent review of the Free Swimming Initiative a new national scheme has been introduced from 1st October 2019 with new objectives set out and a reduction in budget from the Welsh Government.  

This will impact on the number of free swimming sessions available at Newport Centre, the Regional Pool & Tennis Centre at Newport International Sports Village and Active Living Centre.

Under 17s Free Swimming  
Active Living Centre - Sunday, 2pm-3pm  
Newport Centre - Saturday, 1pm-3pm   
Regional Pool & Tennis Centre - Sunday, 3pm-5pm   
*Additional free swimming will be available in School Summer Holidays  

Over 60s Free Swimming  
Active Living Centre: Monday 8pm-9pm, Saturday 1pm-2pm   
Newport Centre: Monday 7.15am-9am, Friday 10am-1pm, Tuesday 6pm-7.30pm  
Regional Pool & Tennis Centre: Wednesday 6am-8am, Thursday 1pm-4pm, Sunday 3pm-5pm  

Free access to public sessions will also still be available to under 4s, veterans, carers and under 17s with a monthly direct debit swimming lesson subscription.  

We appreciate that for some, free swimming has enabled them to access a service that wouldn’t have been accessible previously. In light of these changes, to support access to swimming at Newport Live venues we have also introduced the following;  

  • £2.40 for our instructor taught aqua classes for over 60s (a 40% reduction in the price)
  • £2.20 for public swim for over 60s (a 40% reduction in the price)
  • Introduction of a new monthly membership option for over 60s giving access to Public Swimming and Aqua Classes for £15 per month or the equivalent of £11.25 per month with an annual membership. More details can be found here:

Newport Live will subsidise access to current sessions for the first 2 weeks of the new Free Swimming Initiative in order to support customers with the adjustments, meaning that changes in free access to public swim and classes will not be implemented until Monday 14th October.

Newport Live will also be re-investing in additional aquatic equipment and inflatable play equipment, lockers and hairdryers in order to introduce new classes and sessions for customers and improve customer facilities.   

We greatly value our customers so if you have further queries regarding the Free Swimming sessions at Newport Live pools, please speak to a member of staff, contact 01633 656 757 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.