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

Have you been struggling to get your child into swimming lessons? Swim Ireland are bringing the pool to you with children’s’ lessons!

While our Learn to Swim Programme is only available for children over the age of 4, we do have Splash Lessons available for any younger swimmers aged between 3-5 years.  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 Cootehill Learn to Swim

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

Public Swim

Join us for public swims each day, with the schedule updated weekly, depending on learn to swim and school swimming bookings. Whether you are looking to take a quick dip, swim a few short lengths, or a fun splash with our pool toys, we have public swims at all of our Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pools to cater for everyone’s needs.

  1. General Public Swims – Open to everyone to book in line with our T&C’s).
  2. Adult Only Swims – Ideal for getting anyway from that noise and enjoying the relaxing nature of a pool).
  3. Family Fun Splash – Generally available on weekends. This option offers a great family day out, just add all family members to your booking and away you go!

Book Cootehill Public Swim

With public swim prices starting at just €3.50 for kids and €7.50 for adults you are sure to find a time that suits!

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 – 2×30 minute classes can be provided for a total of 32 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

For local community groups, the Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pool 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.

If you are a Local Community Group, please contact

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

The Pop-Up Pool also caters for Children’s Birthday Parties! Make your child’s special day even better with a splash-filled day at one of our Pop-Up Pools. You will have full access to the pool and pool toys, ensuring it will be a birthday not to forget.

If you would like to book the pool for a private event, please do not hesitate to contact us at

Aquatics For All

Pop-up pool programmes

Cootehill pop-up pool

You can contact the Swim Ireland Participation team who will be happy to help you on

Swim Lessons

  • Can be booked by and for individuals.
  • €11.50 per lesson, depending on length of the block.
  • Payment required in advance.

Public Swim

  • Children €3.50
  • Adults €7.50

School Swimming

  • €55 per hour
  • 16 children: full hour
  • 32 children: 2×30 minute session

Community Group

  • €65 per hour
  • €80 with swimming instructor.

Private Hire

  • €65 per hour or €125 for 2 hours.

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.

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 get into the pool!

There are no showers available in the Pop-Up Pool

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.

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

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!

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

The Swim Ireland Pop-Up Pool Terms of Reference can be found here.

You can contact the Swim Ireland Participation team who will be happy to help you on