Competition Pool

The competition pool was the centre of the swimming action during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games, and now you can swim in it as well! This pool is a full 50 metres in length, that’s the equivalent of four London double decker buses lined up next to each other.

The pool is split into 5 double width lanes, during public fitness swimming these lanes are labelled slow, medium, and fast to accompany every level of swimmer wishing to do lengths. During competitions our lanes are split into 10 single width lanes. Part of the floor in the competition pool is moveable and can be changed in depth from 3 metres to deck level.

The London Aquatics Centre operates Poolpods at the venue to enable people with limited mobility to have independent access to swimming pools. Any swimmer who finds using a pool ladder inappropriate can use the Poolpod simply, easily and quickly.

Poolpods, funded by the London Marathon Trust, were launched at the London Aquatics Centre in March 2014 when it opened to the public.

A platform lift and submersible wheelchairs are available in the main Competition Pool, in the Training Pool and the Diving Pool to facilitate access to every pool and let everyone enjoy a swim at the London Aquatics Centre. A full description of the equipment and products is available here.


The competition pool comprises of:

  • 50m x 10 lane Swimming Pool
  • Changing cubicles
  • Male and Female Toilets
  • Male and Female Showers
  • Hair dryers and vanity mirrors
  • Lockers (£1 returnable)
  • Lap timing
  • Score boards
  • Competitor holding area
  • Poolpods

Please note some of these facilities may be temporarily unavailable due to Covid restrictions. 

Whats on offer


Our 50m competition pool is open to the public from 6.30am to 9.45pm Monday to Friday and 6.30am - 4.45pm on Saturdays & Sundays. 

The sessions within this pool are "Swim for fitness" and are open to anyone over the age of 11. All swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 100m to swim in the competition pool. 

Before arriving please ensure you have booked your session online. 

Entrance is permitted 5 minutes before your booking time and up to 10 minutes after your booking time. 

Each session is one hour long, this includes entry and exit. 

As a result of hosting events, filming and competitions the competiton pool may be closed time to time. Please keep an eye on our alerts on the main page for any pool closures. 

Please not all tickets are non refundable. 

Please be aware of our swim safety rules before purchasing your tickets


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