Free Swimming

Gwynedd Council

Free Swimming

Free Swimming was first launched in Wales in 2003. It was the first national free swimming program in Wales. The aim? Get more young people (16 and under) and people over 60 to learn how to swim and swim more regularly.

It is an initiative funded by the Welsh Government, managed by Sport Wales and delivered by the 22 Local Authorities.

We offer…

Free Swimming for under 16s

All seven swimming pools offer free swimming sessions for under 16s during weekends, except for the Bro Ffestiniog session which is on Tuesdays.

There are also free additional sessions available during the summer holidays.

More sessions offered in the summer holidays, look out for more information.

Note: Evidence of your age and residence in Wales may be required.

You will need an Annual Byw’n Iach Membership Ticket to attend free swimming sessions. Contact your local center to arrange this.

See our centers swimming schedule below.

Free swimming 60+

Customers over the age of 60, who live in Wales, can swim at any of our pools for free during specific swimming sessions.

*You must have the annual membership to gain access to the free 60+ sessions

See our centers swimming schedule below.

Free Swimming with the Max Card

Byw’n Iach is participating in the national MAX Card scheme. More information on this website: Max Card

We will provide free access to family swimming sessions in our pools for families with a Max Card. One adult member of the family will need to be a member of Byw’n Iach in order for the family to have free swimming. When customers call to book a place, the following must be done.

Free Swimming for Young Carers

Byw’n Iach offers free swimming for everyone with a Young Carer ID card.

We will provide free access to public swimming sessions for the Carer + 1 friend or family member.

Free Swimming for Veterans

We will provide free access to swimming sessions in our pools for anyone with a DDS card or Defence Privilege Card.

They do not need to be a member to receive free swimming, but the card is required.

Benefits of regular swimming include:

  • Improving your fitness – Swimming tones your entire body whilst improving cardiovascular conditioning, muscle strength, endurance, posture, and flexibility all at the same time. Swimming can help reduce high blood pressure too. Unlike other sports, swimming engages every muscle group and energy system!
  • Low Impact Exercise – Swimming is a low risk activity as there is less stress on your bones, joints or connective tissues. If you’re looking for a safe form of exercise, swimming is ideal because you can workout with low risk of injury.
  • Help to lose weight – If you’re looking to lose weight, swimming is the ideal exercise. A swimmer can burn as many calories in an hour as a runner who runs 6 miles in the same time.
  • Stress reduction – Swimming is extremely relaxing because it allows more oxygen to flow to your muscles and helps to regulate your breathing. It’s also a great way to relieve stress.


To attend 60+ Free Swim at Byw’n Iach you need our Annual Membership Ticket.

To view Byw’n Iach membership prices click here: Prices

To purchase an annual ticket: Contact Us

Free Swimming is available at the following centres:


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