An Island of Swimmers.

With an ambitious target of 750 swimming experiences a week – Swim Ireland want YOU to be part of this swimming adventure! We will have school swimming, evening and weekend swimming lessons, community groups and private hires available, the opportunities are endless.

Let our aspiration be your inspiration and start your swimming adventure now!

Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim

Have you been struggling to get your child into swimming lessons? Swim Ireland are bringing the pool to you with children’s’ lessons! If you would like to sign your child up for lessons, here’s what to do;

  1. Identify which Level you wish to Book (See FAQ for Level information)
  2. Select your location
  3. Choose your class day and time
  4. Go Swimming!

Book Leixlip Learn to Swim

Book Oldcastle Learn to Swim

Swimming lessons costs €11.50 per 30 minutes, with bookings open on a weekly basis.

Public Swim

Public Swim

Join us for public swims each day, with the schedule updated weekly, depending on learn to swim and school swimming bookings.

Book Leixlip Public Swim

Book Oldcastle Public Swim

With public swim prices starting at just €3.50 you're sure to find a time that suits!

School Swimming Programme

School Swimming Programme

The Pop-Up Pool will have dedicated school swimming lessons running between 9.30am and 2.30pm Monday to Friday. These lessons are available for all primary aged children and are fully inclusive, catering for individuals with physical, sensory and learning impairments.

Class size: 16 swimmers

Lesson Duration: 30 minutes (minimum booking time is 60 minutes – 2 30 minutes classes can be delivered within this time)

Bookings can be made by contacting

Community Group Access

Community Group Access

For local community groups, this is an ideal opportunity for you to get into a pool, learn to swim, get fit with our Aqua Aerobics sessions or just feel the serenity of jumping into the crystal-clear water! For specific information on activities that are suitable for the pool, please contact the Participation team.

Bookings can be made by contacting

Private Hire

Private Hire

The Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pool is also available for private hire! If you are a qualified swimming teacher or coach and want to make use of our pop-up pool get in touch

Pop-Up Pool FAQs

Is there a pool timetable?

You can view the pool timetable here

What are the type of bookings available and their costs?

Swim Lessons

  • Can be booked by and for individuals.
  • €10 per lesson, depending on length of the block.
  • Payment required in advance.


  • €50 per hour
  • 16 kids: full hour
  • 32 kids: 2x30 minute session

Community Group

  • €50 per hour
  • €65 with swimming instructor.

Private Hire

  • €125 for 2 hours.
What lesson level should I choose for my child?

Keep in Mind….

When deciding which level to book your child into, always keep in mind that it is much better to move your child up a class because what they are doing is too easy than moving them down because it is too difficult. A negative experience caused by fear can damage their confidence and be much harder to overcome and as such will hamper progress. Being at ease and relaxed, where a child feels comfortable, will allow them to feel safe, they will feel proud of themselves and this will only enhance their learning experience. When selecting the level of class for your child, and you have any doubt at all…choose the lower level – Swim Ireland will always move your child up to the next level if they are in the wrong class or the activities are too easy for them.

Level 1

This Level is for complete non-swimmers, your child may not have done swimming lessons before, be a minimum of 4 years old and not able to go into the water independently. Normally children in this level will be nervous of putting their face in the water and uncomfortable when they are out of their depth or without parental support.

Level 2

This level is for beginners who can move around the pool wearing arm bands or swim discs, your child will learn to be safe without any floatation aids, will learn to move under the water and on top of the water. By the end of this level your child will be able to float unassisted on their front and their back and be able to move through the water over 5m.

Level 3

This level is for children who can submerge under the water and float on their front and their back without any artificial aids or any physical support from an Assistant Swimming Teacher. Your child will be able to move comfortably but won’t have any specific stroke technique. By the end of this level your child will be able to show basic kicking action of all four strokes, hold a streamline position and be in a position to keep themselves water safe.

Level 4

This level is for children who can show kicking action of all four strokes and will begin to learn the arm action and develop their technique over 10m.

Level 5

Level 5 is for children who have the ability to swim effective frontcrawl and backcrawl arm actions, can demonstrate effective 10m frontcawl with bilateral breathing and 10m backcrawl with good technique. In Level 5 children will continue to develop further stroke technique for frontcrawl, backcrawl and breaststroke legs and arms actions.

Will I be able to get changed at the pool?

Yes – there are male and female changing rooms but we recommend that you come for your session beach ready; wear your togs under your clothes, so that you just need to take your clothes off and jump into the pool!

Are there showers available?

There are no showers available in the Pop-Up Pool

What should I wear to swim?

You should wear your swimwear – ideally tight fitting shorts or costume, swimming hats are required and it’s always good to bring a pair of goggles to protect your eyes.

What age do the swimming lessons start from?

Our Learn to Swim programme starts from the age of 4 years. Our lessons running in the afternoons and weekends cater for children aged 4-8 and 9-16 – please check the details of the lesson to see if it is for the younger age or the older age group when making your booking

We are a community group and wish to use the pool, what kind of activities can we do?

You can just go for a dip, ask us for a teacher to provide some lessons or we can find an Aqua Aerobics instructor for you. We can also provide equipment to try mermaid/shark lessons or you can bring your own inflatable toys for some inflatable fun!

What are the dimensions of the Pop-Up Pool?

The Pop-Up Pool is 12 meters long, 3.4 meters wide and 1.2 meters deep.

Who can I speak to if I need some help?

You can contact the Swim Ireland Participation team who will be happy to help you, the best person to speak to is Julian Murphy, who you can contact by emailing

Common IT issues

Error Code 3 - The message Error Code 3 appears when the session has timed out after a period of inactivity of 30 minutes or more. This is to prevent member holding the space, the space will be upheld after about 30 minutes which will then allow the member to re-book. Additionally, this message would appear if you went directly to that URL without first signing in, for example, if you had bookmarked that page and returned to without first login in.

How to resolve this issue?

Customers need to access HomePortal/Online joining via a bookmarked link they first sign out of their account and then sign back in to prevent this error from occurring

For enquiries on the Pop-Up Pool

Jia Zhao Dunne

Jia Zhao Dunne

Pop-Up Pool Manager

For Pop-Up Pool enquires please email: