swimmer moving through the water in front crawl wearing black cap and goggles

Swimming at Ravelin Sports Centre

Swim in our brand new, 25m, eight lane swimming pool

Ravelin Sports Centre will open soon.

Ravelin Sports Centre will open soon. Facilities and activities on this page will be available when the building has fully opened. Visit our Memberships pages for pricing information.

Swim between lectures, on your lunch breaks or at the beginning or end of the day. Ravelin Sports Centre is the home to a 25 metre, eight-lane swimming pool with a variable depth floor. Swimmers have views from the pool of the natural green spaces outside, creating the feeling of open-air swimming in the park.

Whether you are looking for the ideal place to take a quick dip, learn to swim or improve your fitness, our pool is ideal!

What we offer
Our swim timetable includes a range of sessions to take part in:

  • Lane swimming (2 metre depth)
  • Casual swimming (variable depth)
  • Swimming lessons 
  • Parent and toddler sessions
  • Family swimming sessions
  • University swim club sessions
  • University water polo club sessions
  • Student only sessions
  • Over 50’s sessions
  • Aqua classes

Check out our flexible membership options and pick the best one for you, then start swimming!

A preview of our brand new 8-lane 25m pool, opening soon.

Maximising usage

The floating floor allows us to set the lanes to different depths, meaning that children’s swimming lessons can take place in one half of the pool, whilst lane swimming takes place in the other lanes.

Please note that if you wish to take part in standard lane swimming sessions, you must be a competent swimmer, as the depth of the pool will be set to 2 metres across all lanes.

How can you access our swimming pool?

Swimming is an option within our Core and Super memberships, and is included in Ultimate. If swimming is part of your membership, you will be able to book onto the relevant sessions through our UoP Sport App before visiting.

If you are not a member and would like to use the pool, there are also pay as you go options. Prices are listed below.

Sauna and steam room

As an added bonus, when you get access to the swimming pool, you will also be able to use our sauna and steam room. Not only will our sauna and steam room offer relaxation and escapism, they also increase circulation, reduce stress levels and hydrate skin. What better way to end your swim sessions?


Swimming  Full member* Member PAYG fee
Casual swim - 55 minutes  Free £4.50 £5
Lane swim - 55 minutes  Free  £4.50 £5
Student swim - 55 minutes  Free £3 £3.50
Junior casual swim** - 55 minutes  N/A N/A £3.50
Over 50's swim - 55 minutes  Free  £4.50 £5
Parent and toddler swim - 55 minutes  £6 £6 £7
Family swim (two adults, two children) - 55 minutes  £12  £12  £13.50

*Activity included in selected membership option

**Children aged 5 to 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Ultimate members can allocate one under 16 swimmer to swim for free.

Aqua classes

We are also incredibly excited to introduce aqua classes to the range of activities we offer. They will be running from February 2022. However, please note that these classes are separate to any of our memberships and will need to be booked onto and paid for on a pay-as-you-go basis. Members will get a discounted price compared to non-members. The aqua classes we offer are:

  • FloatFIT 
  • Aqua Zumba
Aqua classes Member PAYG fee
Per class - 55 minutes £7.50 £10

If you have any more queries about swimming, you can talk to a member of our team at the reception of Ravelin Sports Centre (once we are open, soon). Alternatively, you can email us: sport@port.ac.uk

University of Portsmouth Swimming Club is open to all UoP students. They are regular users of Ravelin Sports Centre's pool. Join the club to Play, Train and Compete!