Dementia Friendly Activities


Dementia Friendly Swimming

Accessible swimming for people living with dementia

The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) dementia friendly swimming project is a nationwide initiative to enhance the swimming experience of people living with dementia, and their carers, by improving facilities and removing barriers.

The scheme is available at a range of swimming pools in Bristol.

All our accessible swimming sessions are in a safe, supportive environment with: 

  • Staff specially trained by St Monica Trust 
  • Improved signage 
  • Larger, unisex changing booths 
  • Constant temperatures of 27-30 degrees 

Why go swimming? 
Research shows that swimming is a great all-round exercise that can benefit everyone’s physical and mental health. A diagnosis of dementia doesn’t mean you have to stop doing activities you enjoy or trying new things. 

  • Clear your mind and reduce anxiety 
  • Improve your mood and encourage positive thought 
  • Relax your body 
  • Low impact, so easy on your joints 
  • Opportunity to socialise and carers go free!


Participating swimming pool locations

Henbury Leisure Centre 
Avonmouth Way 
Bristol BS10 7NG 
T: 0117 353 2555 
A fully accessible community pool!


Horfield Leisure Centre 
Dorian Road 
Bristol BS7 0XW 
T: 0117 903 1643 
Fully accessible, lots of car parking and a café!


Easton Leisure Centre 
Thrissell Street 
Easton BS5 0SW 
T: 0117 955 8840 
A family orientated centre in the heart of the community!


Hengrove Park Leisure Centre 
Hengrove Promenade 
Hengrove BS14 0DE 
T: 0117 937 0200 
A modern leisure centre with an impressive 50m pool!


Bristol South Swimming Pool 
Dean Lane 
Bedminster BS3 1BS 
T: 0117 903 1618 
Go back in time in this 1930s building!


Jubilee Swimming Pool 
Jubilee Road 
Knowle BS4 2LP 
T: 0117 304 8180 
A community pool with something for everyone!‚Äč