Recreational swimming

Recreational swimming is for everybody. Enjoy taking a dip in the pool with family and friends. Go play together in the water or just relax at the side of the pool and have a nice time!

    Who is it for?

    Recreational swimming is for everybody.

    No swimming diploma?

    Keep in mind the following:

    • Children who do not have a swimming certificate are required to wear inflatable armbands or a life jacket. They may only go in the pool if they are accompanied by somebody who is 18 years or older and can swim well. There is a maximum of 2 children per adult.
    • Children and adults who do not have a swimming certificate may only enter the shallow pools.

    Would you like to practice swimming with your child without inflatable armbands? Check when this is permitted at the specific swimming pools.


    Recreational swimming (vrij zwemmen) is available in the following municipal swimming pools:

    • De Blinkerd swimming pool
    • Het Hofbad swimming pool
    • De Houtzagerij swimming pool
    • Overbosch swimming pool
    • De Waterthor swimming pool
    • Zuiderpark swimming pool

    Look at the opening hours and rules for The Hague's swimming pools.

    You can find more information about each swimming pool under Swimming and swimming pools.

    Fees for recreational swimming

    Look at the fees for recreational swimming under the Rates for The Hague’s swimming pools.

    Buy or extend subscription

    Do you go swimming more often? Then it is cheaper to buy a swimming subscription (a multiple entry ticket for 12 or 25 times). If you already have a subscription, you can extend it in the Sport webshop.

    Everyone 14 years and older needs a personal swimming pass in order to walk through the turnstiles.


    All of The Hague’s municipal swimming pools have house rules in order to prevent any accidents.

    Children in swimming pool
    Also see: Swimming and swimming pools

    Published: 27 January 2021Modified: 16 November 2021