Stevenson Building Swimming Pool

Swimming Pool, Sauna & Steam Room

Do I need to book to use the swimming pool?

No, advance booking is not required to use the Stevenson Building swimming pool.

The pool is available for use by members (and Day Pass holders) any time during our opening hours subject to lane availibility.

You can check to see which lanes are available by looking at our pool Lane Usage Timetable.

Check swimming pool availability here

When is the swimming pool open?

The Stevenson Building swimming pool is open at all times during our opening hours

Advance booking is not required, but access is subject to lane availability.

You can see which lanes are available when by checking our pool Lane Usage Timetable.

Check swimming pool availability here

Pool access is included in membership, and non-members can access the pool by purchasing a Day Pass.

Is the swimming pool open to the public?

Yes, the Stevenson Building swimming pool is open to UofG Sport members and the general public – non-members can access the pool by purchasing a Day Pass.

Booking is not required – the pool is available for use any time during our opening hours subject to lane availibility.

You can check to see which lanes are available when by looking at our pool Lane Usage Timetable.

Check swimming pool availability here

What times are the sauna and steam room available to use?

The sauna and steam room are generally available for use during Stevenson Building opening hours.

However, the sauna and steam room will be closed when all six lanes of the pool are booked (for example, when the GU Swim Club or GU Waterpolo Club have booked all lanes.)

A regularly updated schedule of bookings in the swimming pool, and how many lanes each booking includes, can be viewed here.

Can I use the pool changing rooms and lockers?

Yes. There are changing rooms available Level 2 of the Stevenson Building for pool users only – with lockers which require you to bring your own padlock. (We have padlocks for sale at reception for £2 if you forget yours or don't have one.)

As indicated in our Ts&Cs (Clause 50c) UofG Sport takes no responsibility for the loss, theft or damage of any items brought into the Facilities, unless UofG Sport is shown to have been negligent.

Is towel hire available?

Yes – towels can be hired from Front Desk and towel hire prices are as follows:

  • Individual Towel Hire – £1.00
  • Towel Hire Card (10 x Towel Hires) – £7.00

Please bring your UofG Sport membership card with you if you are planning to hire a towel (student/staff ID card for University members) as we require and ID card as a deposit for towel hire.

Can I bring children to UofG Sport facilities?

UofG Sport members (or non-members with a Day Pass) can sign up to two children (aged 15 or under) into the Stevenson Building free of charge, with the following conditions.

Child access is only permitted at the following times:

  • Fridays after 5pm
  • Saturdays and Sundays all day (09:00-17:30)
  • During specified holiday periods (see below)

Supervised child access is permitted to the following areas only:

  • Swimming Pool (but not sauna/steam room)
  • Sports Hall
  • Activity Hall
  • Squash Courts

Child access is not permitted to the following areas without prior approval from UofG Sport:

  • Pulse (cardio gym)
  • PowerPlay (strength gym)
  • Revolve (indoor cycling studio)
  • Sauna/Steam Room
  • Fitness Classes

Please be aware that:

  • As part of any child access arrangement, children must always be supervised closely by a supervising adult. UofG Sport expects that adults who are supervising children must ensure they are always in close contact with the child. This extends to changing rooms, toilets, halls and the swimming pool itself.
  • In the absence or unavailability of family changing rooms, any child aged 8 or under may be taken by a supervising adult into an opposite-sex changing room.

During the following holiday periods, child access is permitted at any time during opening hours:

  • Saturday 23rd March — Sunday 14th April 2024
  • Saturday 25th May — Sunday 8th September 2024
  • Saturday 21st December 2024 — Sunday 12th January 2025

Can I use the pool if I cannot swim confidently?

Members who are not confident in swimming two lengths of the pool are welcome to come to the swimming pool, but need to stay in the shallow end of the pool. The shallow end is one metre deep.

Swimming pool etiquette

Entering the Pool

  • Check the signs and choose a lane appropriate to your speed
  • Always let others know you are entering the lane and go in feet first 
  • Wait until other swimmers are clear of the wall before entering

Swimming

  • Check the direction of the lane and make sure you follow this
  • Always swim complete lengths of the pool
  • Slower swimmers should pause at the wall to allow faster swimmers to pass
  • Faster swimmers should allow slower swimmers as much time as possible before starting
  • Don't use wide strokes when others are using long strokes
  • Stop only at the wall, and stay in the corner of the lane so that others can turn safely
  • Don't slip under ropes to move between lanes

Passing

  • Faster swimmers should have right of way within the lane
  • If you need to overtake during a length, gently tap feet to signal this
  • Once you have been 'tapped' there is no need to stop, but you should move across to the lane rope to allow the pass

Be aware, be polite, communicate.