In response to customer feedback,  we have brought back the option of a booking system to enable customers to be sure that they will gain entry.  Please note that when using the booking system, there is a 5.4% booking fee for individual tickets or 10 swim discount.  Seasons passes will be subject to a one-off £7.50 booking fee which will compensated for by offering one free swim (for a guest) and 2 free hot drink vouchers (collectable at the pool).   We will email season ticket holders the discount code to be used to redeem their free (guest) swim via the booking system.  Please be patient if this does not happen within the first weeks of opening!

Session tickets
Adult - Peak
Adult - Off Peak
Adult - Quick Dip
Child (age 2-16) - Peak
Child (age 2-16) - Off Peak
Child (age 2-16) - Quick Dip
Under 2's
Family Swim (2 Adults, 2 Children)
Under 5’s / 1 Lane
(1 Adult, 1 Under 5 Child)

We have done the math for you…

If you are able to swim for 20 weeks then here is the price per swim. 

5 Times per week for 20 weeks
4 Times per week for 20 weeks
3 Times per week for 20 weeks
2 Times per week for 20 weeks

If you are able to swim for 16 weeks out of the 20 and wondering if you should still buy a season ticket, here is the price per swim . 

5 times per week for 16 weeks
4 times per week for 16 weeks
3 times per week for 16 weeks

Child supervision:

  • Under 8’s and weak swimmers: Always accompanied by a parent in the water (max. 2 children: 1 adult)
  • Under 10’s who can swim: Always accompanied by a parent on site
  • Over 10’s: No supervision required

Disabled Swimmers:  Disabled swimmers in possession of a Gateway Card will receive priority in terms of queuing and accompanying carers will be admitted to the facilities for free.

Session Descriptions

General Swim:  This session is open to all. Diving board will available.

Under 5’s / 1 Lane:  This session will run in the shallow end and have fun toys available for parents to help their young ones play and gain confidence in the water.   Parents must accompany the child in the water (as per our admission rules).  This is not a swim lesson session.

Inflatables: This session is for 5–15-year-olds only. 5-7 year-olds must be accompanied in the water by a responsible adult aged 16 or over. Regular sessions are held during the summer holidays and are a great way for children to gain confidence in the water whilst having fun and burning plenty of energy. These action-packed sessions are well supervised and safely coordinated by our lifeguards. All weak and non-swimmers must wear a life jacket (please bring your own as we only have a limited supply, hire charges may apply). Inflatable session rules must be followed at all times.

Lane Swimming:

There are 3 lanes which are double width. All ages are able to participate in lane swimming provided they have the ability to swim laps to a reasonable standard.

General with 1 Lane: For these sessions a single lane (single or double width) is put into the pool to allow some lane swimming. The diving board is not available for use during this session. This session is open to all.  

Aqua Aerobics: A low impact and high energy water aerobics class that will safely work your cardiovascular fitness and mobility while improving muscle tone. All classes are accompanied with fun and motivating music and led by our fantastic aqua instructors.

Quick Dip – reduced price session suitable for adults and children who do not have much time but would like a quick dip.

Cold Water Lane Swimming: During the shoulder seasons (late September – November) we may offer cold water lane swimming on the weekends and possibly during the week – subject to demand and lifeguard availability.  Details are published on our  Facebook page.

Twilight Swims – See the sun down with this evening swim in a tranquil setting. Under water lights illuminate the pool and fairy lights the decking. Cafe and bar open for that post swim chat.  So, bring a close friend for that social connection. One lane will be available to burn off the days frustrations, while the rest of the pool will be open for a gentler evening wind down swim. 
Ladies’ Lido – Similar to the Twilight swims this session is for women only.  This is a quiet session with one lane where women can enjoy a safe space of their own.

Swimming Lessons

Bookings for 2023 will be taken from April 1st, 2023.  A swimming lesson registration form will be available online after this date.  You can also sign up for swimming lessons at the Pool Open Day on 22 April, 2023. 

Yoga by the Pool

Yoga and Sound Bath by the Pool with Wild Nest Yoga.
This is a gentle yoga flow for all abilities and a wonderful practice for all to  enjoy while overlooking the pool. 
The sessions start with a seated sequence, connecting with the breath and beautiful outdoors followed by a sun salutation to the setting sun before ending in a sound bath.

Please bring a mat if you have one, there will be some available to borrow and on colder evenings, lots layers and a blanket might be required to stay warm during the sound bath.

Click here to book your space.

Private Hire

Private hire of the whole pool is available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from 6:30 pm.   It may be available at other times by exception.  This includes the lifeguard costs.   A gas BBQ is also available for hire.  The inflatable may be available for hire subject to the availability of lifeguards.  

Clubs and Coaching

Total Immersion Swim Coaching is available at POASP with James Ewart. Find out about Total Immersion Swim Coaching here. Contact James at or via his website.
The Petersfield Triathlon Club trains once per week at the Petersfield Open Air Swimming Pool.  For more information please contact:

Technique improvement sessions with James Ewart –
taster sessions

These technique-focussed sessions will help you learn to work with the water and not fight against it.  By calmly and mindfully focussing on specific elements of your stroke you will develop the” feeling” of swimming in a balanced and efficient way.

James Ewart is a technique focussed swim coach who specialises in helping swimmers build an efficient, connected freestyle stroke.  He is a certified Total Immersion Coach, STA Open Water Coach and a guest coach for Swim Quest swimming holidays.

This session is aimed at people who are able to swim at least 2 lengths of front crawl continuously and able to complete between 500m and 1000m (with rest intervals) in one swim session.

Sunday Sept 10th and Sunday September 17th from 11:00-12:00.  £15 per 1 hour pool session- maximum number 15 people each session.


Child (age 2-16)


  • Helps you burn calories. Your heart rate tends to increase when swimming in cold water as the heart has to pump faster to keep you warm. This means more calories are burned than if you were swimming in warm water.
  • Enhances your circulation.Cold temperatures narrow your arteries, causing your heart to work harder.
  • Boosts your immune system.Cold water swimming improves your white blood cell count as your body adapts to changing conditions, such as low temperature. In the long term, this aids your body in becoming better at initiating its defence system.
  • Makes you stronger in body and mind.Your body adapts to stresses it is placed under and becomes better prepared to handle other types of stress.
  • Helps you socialise. Joining an outdoor swimming society/group gives you the chance to make new friends and share a new experience with like-minded people.
  • Improves mental health.Cold water swimming helps you to feel good by reducing stress and making you feel more relaxed.
  • Increases your libido. Cold water improves the production of testosterone and oestrogen, which is great for libido and fertility. This can enhance your confidence, mood, and relationship with a partner.


  1. Take cold showers

Immersing yourself in colder water daily can help cold water swimmers to start training. Cold water showers are the best way to prepare for the water temperature of swimming outdoors.

Being in very cold water can cause an initial cold-water shock, resulting in hyperventilation. If you’re unfamiliar with cold water shock response, it can make you feel panicked in a scenario where it’s essential to stay calm.

By acclimatising yourself to colder temperatures, your body will become familiar with it and help you avoid the initial panic that comes with cold water shock.

  1. Always warm up beforehand

Though the water may look tempting, spend a little time on dry land warming up before you go swimming.

Doing a quick jog before getting into cold water will help to increase your core temperature and heart rate to help you deal with the cold-water shock when entering the water. It will also help to loosen your muscles, improving your flexibility during swimming.

It doesn’t have to be a jog. A few star-jumps or burpees could be just the thing to raise your body heat. This is particularly good if it’s a cold time of year when removing your warm layers of clothes might not feel welcome!

  1. Enter the water slowly

When the body is immersed in cold water, and its temperature drops, its natural reaction is to gasp for breath, your heart rate will increase, and you might feel as though you’re hyperventilating.

Don’t be frightened by this, as there will naturally be some initial shortness of breath, and this is just your body reacting naturally to the cold. The best thing to do to avoid cold water shock is to remain calm and follow these steps:

  • Splash your face with some of the water first. This will get your body used to the water temperature.
  • Gradually wading into the water is far better than rushing in at once. Entering the water gently allows your core body temperature to cool more slowly, and you get used to the water as temperatures drop.
  • Keep your head above the surface if you’re new to cold water swimming, as the arteries may constrict.
  • If you have asthma or a heart condition, it’s best to get advice from your doctor.
  • Finally, remember to breathe. Take a slow intake through the nose and exhale even more slowly through your mouth. This is how we should breathe if we want to calm the body down, which is precisely the desired effect when swimming in cold water.
  1. Don’t push yourself too hard

Knowing your limits is important when you’re a beginner at cold water swimming. If you’ve made the effort to pack your kit and arrange the trip, you’ll want to make the most of it and spend as much time in the water as possible. This isn’t always the best idea as your body adapts to spending time in cold water.

Start with short sessions in the water. At first, even a few minutes is ok. Gradually work up towards longer lengths as your body gets used to the feeling of cold. You should be aiming to go for a dip at least once a week.

Cold water swimming has a different effect on your body, and you can become tired very quickly because you are using energy to swim and extra energy to keep warm.

If you feel exhausted, fatigued, or achy, you could be at risk of mild hypothermia, so get out of the water as soon as possible and get warm immediately. If you experience deep shivering, you should leave the water and preserve body heat with a warm drink like hot water or herbal tea — nothing too sugary. Pile on good warm outdoor clothes to generate heat and try to keep moving.

  1. Get dressed in warm clothes afterwards

Avoid any temptation to have a hot shower immediately after your cold-water swim. This can cause blood pressure to drop as blood vessels dilate too fast.

Instead, dry off and get dressed in warm clothes. Have a hot drink and keep your body moving to return to your normal body temperature.