Oakgrove Leisure Centre will close from tomorrow Friday March 13th until further notice.
There will be no membership hours, no swimming lessons (in Oakgrove or Lavanagh centre), no fitness classes.
Spin and S&C classes cancelled for tonight Thursday 12/03.
The health and well-being of our members and customers is foremost in our thoughts and following the governments directives today, we feel this is the right course of action.
We hope to open again when it is feasible. We will post any updates here and on our Facebook page.
Thanks for your understanding, and best wishes to all our members and customers.

We are promoting good hygiene for all our customers in the present circumstances. This is an ongoing process, please follow the guidelines below if you are attending our swimming lessons at Oakgrove or the Lavanagh Centre.

First, remember that Chlorine inactivates COVID-19

Oakgrove follows guidelines for swimming pool chlorination from the HSE that are enough to inactivate COVID-19

AS PER HSE GUIDENLINES: “Yes – adherence to current recommended disinfection practice is sufficient to inactivate COVID-19 virus in chlorinated drinking water and swimming pools.”

Bring Clean Indoor Shoes or Flip Flops

Rather than using our blue overshoes please bring a clean pair or swimming pool flip flops, these must
be cleaned beforehand and not used outdoors. But, blue overshoes will still be available if you prefer.

Parent Only Where Possible

To reduce crowding and contact, if possible please attend with just one parent or guardian. Wherever possible, please attend without siblings and relatives.

If you prefer not to wait with other parents, you may wait outside or in your car but please make
sure reception have your contact telephone number.

Pool Hygiene

Please follow all normal pool hygiene rules such as ensuring your child showers and washes hair as
well as uses the bathroom before entering the swimming pool. Try to make sure your child knows to
cough or sneeze into their elbow while in the pool and to use a tissue outside of it, throwing it away
afterwards and washing their hands.


No child or adult swimmer should attend if they are ill, or have recently been to an affected area. (See HSE link below).

Swim Classes

While we remain open for business we are unable to carry forward any classes that are not attended. Please note that in the event of the cessation / enforced closure of our centre, then any remaining classes will be fulfilled as soon as we re-open (at the same time and day as at present).

Please read the HSE Coronavirus dedicated page for any further information:

Thank You.

Oakgrove Aquatics Education Program and Swimming Lessons

Get started swimming at any age

Our Aquatic Education program involves Swimming lessons and the entire Aquatic strand of the Physical Education Curriculum as set out by Department of Education and include

  • The importance of Hygiene
  • Water Safety including Pool Rules and water hazards
  • Entry to and exit from the water and the Pool area
  • Buoyancy, Floatation, Propulsion and Gliding
  • Water based games
  • Develop a selection of swimming strokes, i.e.,

Front crawl, Back crawl, Breast stroke and Butterfly

  • Practice of personal Survival Skills
  • Ability to Thread water at deep end and swim head-up to pool bank
  • Understanding and appreciation of Aquatics.

This Education together with Swimming stroke proficiency and our continual assessment of your child’s progress will contribute to your child’s education, safety and appreciation of the dangers of water whether in pools, rivers, lakes or by the sea.

Our Aquatic Educational activities and Swimming lessons are held every day at Oakgrove Leisure Centre and on selected dates at Lavanagh Centre, Ballintemple. When our assessment team are satisfied with the completion of your child’s Aquatic Education programme and proficiency in swimming strokes, your child has the option of bodily exercise via lane swimming, both here at Oakgrove and at Douglas Pool or proceed to Lifesaving courses held independently at other swimming pools.

We specialize in both groups swim lessons and private (1:1 or 1:2) lessons . We teach children and adults, you do not have to be a member of Oakgrove to take part. We are Cork’s premier providers of Swimming Lessons, with over 30 years experience at the Lavanagh Centre in Ballintemple and now also at Oakgrove Leisure Centre. During this time, we have developed our own philosophy of small groups with a holistic approach to each swimmer.

Marguerite’s background in registered General and Paediatric nursing provides valuable experience for dealing with young age-group swimmers and their varied needs. Marguerite uses her experience to ensure each swimmer is given attention, due care, and guidance at each lesson. Our lessons cater for all levels of swimmers.

Each of us in the family business have been competitive swimmers and share over 50 years combined experience in teaching children of all levels. It’s what we do best! Choose from the menu below to see which service suits you best.

Our group swimming lessons run in 2 locations:


every Friday @ 3.20pm, 4.00pm, 4.40pm, 5.20pm, 6.00pm.
We have lane swimming groups at 6.40pm and 7.20pm.

Lavanagh Centre;

Mondays at 5.20pm, 6.00pm, 6.40pm, 7.20pm

Tuesday &  Thursday at 5.20pm, 6.00pm, 6.40pm, 7.20pm

Saturday & Sunday at 9.20am, 10.00am, 10.40am, 11.20am

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It is now possible to purchase vouchers as a gift to someone who’d like to overcome their fear of water. We have had many happy clients over the years, now confident in the water.

We currently offer Adults swim lessons on:

Mondays or Tuesdays: 7.45pm – 8.00pm (Beginners)
Your swim teacher is in the water with you to make sure you’re as relaxed as possible. In this group, we focus on the complete basics up to the introduction of front crawl and back crawl.

Mondays or Tuesdays: 7.00pm – 7.45pm (Improvers)
In this class, we focus on the breathing and timing of your strokes as well as breaststroke.
It’s suitable for anyone who can already swim but might find full lengths difficult right up to those who wish to take part in triathlons etc. General water skills such as threading water and duck diving are also included.

As with all our group classes we have small group sizes.

Check back here for details of intensive swim week for the summertime.

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Oakgrove’s experienced instructors, led by Ronan Morley, will put you at ease in the water and have helped hundreds of swimmers (children and adults) to fulfil their potential.

  • All levels and all ages are catered for and we are also able to accommodate 1:2 classes.
  • We run lessons at various times both during the day and the evening.
  • We understand your fears and frustrations and can help you overcome them with your teacher in the water with you or if you need to improve your swim technique for sports events and triathlons, we’re just the people you need to see!
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Check back here for details of future Easter & Summer Camps

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I have enjoyed ten great years as a member of Oakgrove Leisure Centre. The excellent facilities, the cleanliness but above all the family atmosphere have all contributed so much to my pleasure.


“It kick starts my heart. I arrive sluggish and leave slim, trim and bursting with energy. Ready to take on the world!”