Sea Lanes Brighton

Frequently Asked Questions

If you can't find the answer to your query here please contact us, our team are here to assist you. We very much look forward to welcoming you to Sea Lanes.

The Pool

How long is each swim session?

Each session is 1 hour long. Sessions start on the hour, 20 minutes past the hour, 20 minutes to the hour.

What are the opening times be?

Monday – Friday: 06:00 – 21:30
Saturday: 06:30 – 19:00
Sunday: 06:30 – 20:00

Are there sunbeds around the pool?


Can I bring a lilo?

Sea Lanes is a national open water training pool and lilo’s are not permitted in the pool.

Do I need to wear a swim hat in the pool?

Yes, all swimmers are required to wear a swim hat.

Will the pool be open if there is a thunderstorm?

Please check the website (top bar) if we have to suddenly close the pool.

Will the pool be heated all year round?

Yes, the pool will be heated all year round.  We aim to keep this temperature at 19 degrees.

Is the swimming pool a sea water pool?

No, the pool is chlorinated.

How many lanes does the pool have?

6 x 2m lanes meaning the swimming pool has the capacity to hold 90-100 swimmers comfortably at any one time.

What size is the pool?

The pool is a 50m pool.


Can clubs hire the pool?

Yes, please visit the Pool Hire page to enquire.

Is there free WiFi available?

Yes, please search for Guests-SeaLanes. No password required

What happens if I do not have a mobile phone to scan the QR code for access control?

Not a problem. Please see a customer advisor in reception.

How do I scan the QR code for access control?

Please ensure you have downloaded the South Downs Leisure app. You will see there is a tile “Access Control”. Hold your device approximately 20 centimetres away from the QR code once you have clicked on the “Access Control” tile. Please ensure you have turned on your location on your device and are using the FREE wifi.

What is access control?

There will be an access control gate inside reception that you will need to scan (using the South Downs Leisure app) the QR code in order to be allowed access in to the changing rooms. All swims and adult coaching must be pre-booked in order to gain access in to the changing areas and pool.

Where can I leave my belongings?

Lockers are available to store your belongings at own risk. Please either bring your own padlock or these can be purchased for £6.00 at reception.

Will there be bike racks and parking?

As an award winning Sustainable Trust, we suggest green travelling to and from Sea Lanes.

  • Cycling
    There are an abundance of bike racks available.
  • Walking
    Accessible routes along the seafront both and east and west of Sea Lanes.
  • Buses
    Please find the bus routes for Brighton and Hove or you may like to download the Brighton and Hove app. Travelling east to Sea Lanes, here are the timetables for Stagecoach.
  • Train
    Nearest train station is Brighton. There are various buses that run from the station to Madeira Drive.
  • Car Parking
    There is Pay and Display along Madeira Drive.


How do I cancel my membership?

Please complete the online form to action your request. Upon receipt of cancellation request, 1 further payment is required, membership will continue for 1 further calendar month

How do I get my username and password for bookings?

Your username is the email address that was registered when creating your account.
Please reset your password to create a new password

Do you offer refunds to non members

Our Terms and Conditions state:- A refund will not be given to non-members.

Any bookings that are paid for in advance are not transferable or refundable

How do I book the gym at Southwick Leisure Centre and swimming at Wadurs Swimming Pool

We suggest using the South Downs Leisure app to make all your bookings. Use the tile “Switch Centres” and select the centre of your choice.

What do I get for my Sea Lanes membership?

Sea Lanes members can use the pool at any time during opening hours. Members can also swim at Wadurs Swimming Pool and gym usage at Southwick Leisure Centre. Sea Lanes Members receive 50% discount for adult coaching at Sea Lanes.

Is membership seasonal?

No, the membership will run all year as the pool will remain open.

How do I become a Sea Lanes Member?

Further details can be found on our membership page.


What is the name of the app to make bookings

Search for South Downs Leisure in the Google/App Store.

How do I book for more than one person

Bookings need to be in the name of the account. Users will need individual accounts to book. Please speak to a customer advisor at reception.

How do I book a swim?

The easiest way to book is by downloading the app. Select the centre Sea Lanes.

Do I need to book a swim/adult coaching

Yes, please pre-book you activity via our apponline booking website or give us a call on 01273 044163


I want to take part in an event - what do you do?

Check out our list of upcoming events for swim challenges and events in the pool and sea.

Do you offer any swimming for triathlon coaching?

SwimTrek Triathlon Coaches
SwimTrek have a number of triathlon coaches who are BTF qualified and have experience competing in Triathlons and multisport events from local up to international level.

Group coached sessions are perfect for triathletes who want to improve the swimming part of their discipline.

To find out more and book, visit

Sea Lanes Triathlon Clubs
There are also several local Triathlon clubs which hire lanes at Sea Lanes for coaching sessions including Brighton Tri Club and Brighton Phoenix.

Where can I purchase swimming gear for the pool or sea?

SwimTrek Hub (Unit 10)
Swimwear, goggles, wetsuits, neoprene gloves, boots and hats, goggles, hats, kickboards, pull buoys, training fins, hand paddles, SwimTrek and Sea Lanes apparel. You can also shop online at

SDL (Swimming Pool)
Swimwear, goggles and hats

Paddle People (Unit 1)
Swimwear, goggles, towels and changing robes, wetsuits, gloves, water shoes and socks, dry bags, tow floats and buoyancy aids. You can also shop online at


Are dogs allowed in the event spaces?

Yes, dogs are welcome in the event spaces and at Sea Lanes

Are children allowed to attend the booking?

Yes, we welcome children below the age of 18 before 9pm when accompanied by an adult

Can I provide catering/snacks/alcohol for an event?

All food and drink to be consumed at Sea Lanes must be purchased from our partners, FIKA, Bison Beer and Wood X Coal 

Can I run a tab? Can I preorder food and drinks?

Yes. If you would like to set up a bar tab for your event this can be done on arrival with Bison Beer. A bank card will be held for the details of the bar tab. Bison Beer can also set a limit for the tab and adjust your instructions throughout the event. You will be charged at the end of your booking.

For pre-ordering food and drink, as part of the booking process, you will be asked if you would like to place a food or drinks pre-order. Please note that pre-orders need to be placed at least 7 days in advance of your event/booking. Please contact if you have questions about a pre-order.   

Can I bring a DJ to my event?

This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis depending on the date and time of your booking. Please include these details in your enquiry. We do not allow DJs in the ClubHouse space between May-September or on the Private Terrace of our Studio space at any time.

Please note we do not have any DJ equipment on site available to hire. 

Can I put decorations up in the event spaces?

Yes. You are welcome to decorate with balloons, banners etc. but we ask that you do not stick decorations to the wall. No confetti, party poppers, glitter or similar. All decorations must be taken away at the end of your event or disposed of.

Please note you are not able to come in early. If you would like to come in earlier to decorate, you will need to book the extra time required. Please contact if you need to extend your booking. 

Can I book a rooftop booth along with, before or after my booking?

Rooftop booths can be booked here: The booking widget only shows the times that are available to book and won’t let you book if there is no space.

Is it possible to extend our booking later than 11pm?

Bison Beer is licensed until 11pm. Last orders are called at 10:45pm and we ask that all customers are off-site by 11:20pm.

Can we rearrange the furniture in the event spaces?

Yes, you are welcome to rearrange the furniture as you wish, but all furniture is to stay in the event space, it cannot be removed.  

Do you allow 18th Birthday parties?

Unfortunately, we do not take bookings for 18th Birthday parties.


What sustainable resources have been considered for Sea Lanes?

As an award winning sustainable trust, sustainability as been at the forefront of Sea Lanes.

Who to contact if I have any questions or queries?

Please email us at