New Starters - Adult Lessons 

Swimwear and Goggles

Please feel free to bring goggles if you are used to wearing them (do not worry about buying a pair to begin lessons). Swimming hats are required at the following venues, and may be worn if preferred at others:

Headington School 


All other information can be found in the Terms and Conditions and Code of Conduct. Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for classes, and please do not enter the building without a member of Oxford Swimming Academy staff present (Headington School swimmers - if the venue is open, please wait until a member of Oxford Swimming Academy staff is present to let you in, please wait outside even if the building is occupied by other swimmers)

Venue information and directions

Headington School

Please note that all swimmers and anyone being dropped off for lessons, must use the entrance off the Headington Road only, by the B3 bus stop. This entrance is just passed Gypsy Lane on the left  as you come from Headington towards Oxford. This entrance is small, so we do advise going slowly past the other school entrances, and you will see it, just as you feel you may have gone too far! There is no gate on the entrance, only small ‘entrance’ signs. No other entrances should be used into the site. This is a one way system, and the entrance has no gate into the facility. Parking bays are available through this one way drive, and the exit is via the wooden gate as marked. The exit gate is kept shut but will open once you drive up close towards it.


The pool is located behind the main building in front of you as you enter the site, so please park and then walk around the back of this building by the tennis courts. the path will lead you round the back of the sports hall, towards the astro turf, and then turns to the right and the pool will then be visible. Parking bays should be used considerately, and the ones marked 'drop off’ only are in use in the evening for parking for lessons. 

The entrance foyer has plenty of space to remove shoes and socks before entering the changing rooms. The changing rooms have showers and toilets, with hairdryers in the ladies changing room. Please note that the changing rooms open out onto the deep end of the pool and as such all siblings and swimmers should be supervised for safety.


Kingfisher School

Kingfisher School, Radley Road, Abingdon, OX14 3RR is situated off the main road. The venue has large gates and these are open once the school day has finished. There is parking on site at the venue and all spaces may be used during our session as the school is not in use. Please ensure that all parking is considerate to other swimmers, and that the speed limits are followed. There is also additional parking on street, and on side roads nearby if the car park is full. 


Please ensure all shoes and shoes are removed before entering the changing rooms. There are both male and female changing, and these both have entrances onto poolside through the showers. Please note that the changing rooms open out onto the deep end of the pool and as such all siblings and swimmers should be supervised for safety.

There is space for spectators on poolside, although there is not much seating.

If you have any questions that have not been answered here, please contact the office directly! If we are unable to answer the phone, please leave us a message and we will get back you - or send us an email and we can call you back!