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Here at Rochdale Leisure Centre, we understand that visiting the swimming pool can be an overwhelming experience. In some instances, the volume of people in our swimming pools can be quite challenging. We are exploring the introduction of a Sensory Friendly Family Swim session, to provide young swimmers with the opportunity to swim, in a more relaxed and comfortable environment.


Rochdale Leisure Centre
Entwistle Road
0L16 2HZ


FREE Trial Session
On Sunday 3 March
At 4.30-5.30pm

Due to limited places, pre-booking is required. To book, please contact the centre on 01706 926000, by talking to a member of staff at reception or by emailing

Future sessions are likely to be on a selected weekend day each month, and will be promoted through our Facebook page and website.

Who can attend?

Any family who has at least one child with additional support needs. We understand that each child is different and their needs can vary.

Swimming Pool Policy applies. Non swimmers must be supervised by an adult.

View Swimming Admissions Policy 

What to expect

Swimmers from the previous session will leave the pool at 3.45pm, 45 minutes before the Sensory Friendly Family session starts.

Your session will commence at 4.30-5.30pm.

To help prepare you and your children for the visit, we have provided some details below.

Safety for all participants

Safety in the pool area is paramount for everyone.

We want everyone to have fun so there are a few guidelines that must be followed. If you are not sure, please ask a Lifeguard.
Ultimately you are responsible for yourself and your children in and around the pool area, the Lifeguards are there in an emergency and help keep everyone safe.
Please follow instructions on the signs located around the pool area, and any given by the Lifeguards.

We ask that you

  • Have fun and enjoy your session
  • Be responsible for your children
  • Help your children to follow the rules
  • Store all of your personal belongings in the lockers provided. Do not bring bags/clothes onto poolside

Please don’t

  • Run on poolside
  • Dive/cannon ball into the pool
  • Dunk other people
  • Push others into the water
  • Do acrobatics into the water

Alarms and Noises


Music, hair dryers and hand dryers will be switched off during the Sensory Friendly Family sessions.

Exclusive access

The Sauna and steam rooms will be switched off and the changing area and poolside will be exclusively available for only your session. No public/ members will be permitted access at this time.

Pool Alarm

Should the Pool Alarm be activated, that means the pool has to be evacuated and the Lifeguard may have to make a rescue. Should this happen, the Your Trust team will make their way to poolside within seconds to provide support. 

Fire Exits

There are two fire exits on poolside; one for the large pool and one for the small pool

Fire Alarm

Should the Fire Alarm be activated, the Lifeguards will ask everyone to line up by a Fire Exit located at the small pool. We will only evacuate swimmers if there is a real fire.
If in the extremely rare situation there is an evacuation of the swimmers, the Lifeguards issue foil blankets to all swimmers and lead them to the Fire Assembly Point, located at the front car park.