Registration now open for free summer swimming sessions

Online registration has now opened for Croydon’s young people aged 16 years old and under, to sign up for free swimming sessions at one of the borough’s five leisure centres.

The free swimming offer runs from Saturday 21 July to Sunday 2 September. People are now able to complete an application form online through the Better website:, or through the self-service machines at their nearest leisure centre.

Via the webpage, users must:

  1. Click Sign up now
  2. Enter your location
  3. Those under 16 please click Junior (Participants aged 16 can only sign up at your local Better Leisure Centre)
  4. Under Choose your frequency, click Pay and Play, this then displays the free swim membership options and allows users to enter their personal information, then pay for their £2 membership card
  5. Once you receive your confirmation email, bring your membership number to your local Better Leisure Centre to pick up your new membership card.*Swimmers aged 16 sign up at your local Leisure Centre
    *Swimmers under 16 sign up online to Better Junior Free Swim

ID may be required should someone appear to be over 16, or under eight. Eight year olds and younger are entitled to free swimming but must be accompanied by an adult, who must register them.

The £2 membership card can be used throughout the summer, and can replaced for an additional £2 if lost or stolen.  The free swimming sessions deal will end on Sunday 2 September.

This offer is available during general Swim 4 All sessions – check the pool opening times online as these differ for each centre: Free swimming sessions are very popular during the hot weather, so it’s possible there may be a short wait until another session later that day to ensure the pool doesn’t become overcrowded.

“The council is doing what it can to support families and young people with free swimming over the summer holidays. What better way for our young people to cool down on hot summer days? I hope many take up the offer and make a splash at their local pool.”

Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport

2018-07-17T16:57:14+01:00 July 17th, 2018|Recent news|