Swimming at Trilogy


S116 Female Cycle 800x800If you are new to Trilogy or just looking for some hints and tips on how to get the most out of your pool session then read on!

Together with our friends at Speedo we’ve put together a handy guide on our swimming pools covering everything from the size of each pool and wearing flip flops on poolside right the way through to optimising your workout and swim technique videos to help you improve your strokes.




Our Swimming Pools

We operate four swimming pools across Northampton. Danes Camp, Lings Forum and Mounts Baths  are open to our members and the public and Cripps Recreation Centre is a member’s only pool.


Our Pools At A Glance






Trilogy Swim School

Danes Camp

Leisure Pool

  • Level access from the changing area to the pool
  • Wet side chair available
  • Hydraulic hoist for wheelchair users to access the water

Slow, medium and fast lanes during lane swim sessions

Parent & baby through to ASA Stage 6

Lings Forum


  • Level access from the changing area to the pool
  • Manual hoist for wheelchair users to access the water

Slow, medium and fast lanes during lane swim sessions

Parent & baby through to ASA Stage 7 (Adult learn to swim lessons also available)

Mounts Baths     (main pool)


Shallow end: 0.75m

Deep end: 2.85m

  • Manual hoist for wheelchair users to access the water

Slow, medium and fast lanes during lane swim sessions

ASA Stage 4 through to Rookie Lifeguard (Adult learn to swim lessons also available)

Mounts Baths (teaching pool)


Shallow end: 0.75m

Deep end: 0.9m

  • Manual hoist for wheelchair users to access the water


Parent & baby through to ASA Stage 3

Cripps Recreation Centre (members only)



Slow, medium and fast lanes at all times

ASA Stage 1 through to Stage 7

As a rough guide swimming 64 lengths of a 25m pool is one mile.

Please note we operate a strict policy for children under the age of 8. A ratio of two children under 8 years old must be supervised by one adult (16+) at all times.


Our Poolside Lockers

 Our poolside changing rooms operate a wristband locker system at Lings Forum. Locker prices are as follows:

  • Members: £1 refundable on exit
  • Leisure card holders: £1.20 - £1 refundable on exit
  • Non-members: £1.30 - £1 refundable on exit

At Danes Camp and Mounts Baths we have coin operated lockers requiring a refundable £1 coin.

At Cripps we operate a padlock system, feel free to bring your own or they can be purchased from a member of staff for £5.


The Little Things

You are welcome to bring your towel and wear (clean!) flip flops on poolside

We sell a wide range of Speedo swimming costumes, goggles, swimming aids and swim nappies. So no need to panic if you've left something at home! 



Swimming Hints and Tips

See what our friends at Speedo have to say about using swimming to optimise your workout. There's also some handy videos on how to improve your stroke and swimming technique.


Want to optimise your workout? Just add water.

Effective fitness regimes, like the weather, are best made unpredictable. They’ll have you basking in confidence one day and try to break you the next. But the most dangerous type of fitness regime is the predictable, set regime, which can result in a progress plateau. To avoid this, do the most powerful thing you can do to your fitness regime. Change it.

How? By hitting the pool to get Speedo Fit.

Perhaps you love running, maybe pumping iron is your passion, or perhaps you’ve got the Zumba bug? Whatever your normal fitness regime includes, adding swimming can enhance performance in your core sport and mix up your routine.

Why? Because swimming is water-based cardio which burns calories, sculpts muscles and is a great complement to dry-land exercises.

Here are seven ways to add swimming into your fitness routine:

Enjoy low impact 
Swimming is easy on the joints, allowing you to do an intense workout without the impact on your knees. Adding a swim into your weekly regime gives your regularly used muscles more opportunity to rest, without forgoing an intense cardio session,  meaning you will perform better on your run or cycle days.

Add lean muscle mass
The added resistance of water means swimming builds muscle faster than any cardio workout on dry land.  So including a 60 minute swim in your weekly fitness routine will help you build long, lean muscle mass to complement the shorter, denser muscles that develop from weight training.  These lean muscles will boost your metabolism, helping you to burn extra calories.

Warm down benefits
After an intense endurance workout, such as running, cycling or weightlifting, head to the pool for a warm down. The warm water will help stretch your tired muscles, and flush out the toxins built up in your muscles during your workout, helping to prevent next day soreness, stiffness and possible injury. A warm down swim can also help relieve stress, so you will emerge from the water a calmer you.

Aid your recovery
Having an injury is never fun, but it needn’t mean the end of all physical exercise.  Depending on your type of injury, swimming can offer a low-impact, all-over body workout – a great way to keep or regain your fitness levels during recovery.  Swimming during a recovery can also help to prevent stiffening of joints and muscle deterioration, which can aid a faster recovery time. Your Doctor can advise you about the suitability of swimming during your recovery.

Alternative workout
Swimming is a perfect way to get your workout in during bad weather - there’s no need to get cold or risk injury - just nip to your nearest indoor swimming pool and take the plunge.  A dip in the pool is also a great way to get a fitness session in if you’re taking care of little ones. They’ll have a great time splashing around whilst you power through your swim workout.

Improve breathing technique
Swimming helps to increase your lung volume and forces you to learn better breathing techniques that can aid you in your core sport. By increasing your ability to take in and effectively use oxygen, swimming increases your endurance capacity, meaning you can cycle, run or lift weights for longer without getting winded. 


Improve your Stroke and Technique

Freestyle Swimming Technique

Stroke, Kicks and Breathing




Breaststroke Swimming Technique

Stroke, Kicks and Breathing




Butterfly Swimming Technique Stroke, Body Positioning and Kicks                  



Backstroke Swimming Technique Stroke, Kicks and Body Positioning                     p> 


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