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Leith Academy

Leith Academy, 20 Academy Park, Edinburgh EH6 8JQ, UK

Additional Information

Open to all


First Visit

Arriving at the venue, the community entrance is located within the car park to the side of the building. The community entrance is a blue fire door which is usually wedged open. The main school entrance may appear closed this is normal for weekend lessons. 

Head into the school to the cafe area, take a left along the ​botanical corridor and you will see the pool located to your left along the corridor. 

Changing Rooms:  The changing rooms are open and available to use before and after you lessons. The changing room setup is male & female please use the corresponding changing rooms for the accompanying adult not the child. 

Identifying your teacher: When attending for your first lesson please notify the class teacher that it is your first visit to the lessons. This will help the class teacher locate you on the class list.

Spectating & Viewing

Spectating is permitted within Leith Academy. The viewing is poolside and can become hot. The viewing gallery can become very busy, please be mindful of other users when using the viewing gallery. 

Arriving for your lessons: Beach Ready  

During the pandemic swimmers were asked to arrive "beach ready" for their lessons. This basically means arriving with swim kit on beneath their regular clothing. For many this has continued as it is a quick and easy way for the children to get changed before their lessons. This means as a parent you can head directly to the viewing gallery allow your swimmer to prepare before the lesson without the need to visit the changing rooms.  


If this works for you we would encourage you to continue doing this, it helps reduce the pressure on the changing areas and allows swimmers exiting the pool space in the changing areas.  

Filming & Photography 

Please note we have a strict no photography and filming policy. Please do not use your mobile phone to take pictures or record the lessons. Failure to do so may result in your membership being cancelled. ​


Pick Up & Drop Off

When arriving for your lessons please wait in the viewing gallery with your swimmer until the start of your scheduled lesson start time. 


Please note to ensure the safety of all our swimmers we have asked our teaching team to ensure that swimmers are handed over to a responsible adult at the end of each lesson this is regardless of age. Please arrive on time for the start and end of your scheduled lesson to ensure the smooth transition of classes. 

* All lessons are 30mins in length.

W h a t   t o   b r i n g  

Swim Kit

Swim Shorts: 

We recommend that swim shorts do not pass below the swimmers knee.

Swim Costume:

It is recommended but not essential that swim costumes are one piece.



Goggles are an essential piece of kit during the lessons.


Even if your swimmer does not like goggles we recommend bring a set along to each lesson. 

This will help your swimmer speed through the programme.



All other equipment will be provided poolside for use during the lessons. 

Armbands and other floatation devices are not required for our lessons. 

Our teaching team work with floats and noodles through the lessons to support all swimmers.

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