Swim at the Olympic Games’ aquatic centre

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Did you love watching all the aquatic excitement of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games?

Sports fans will now be able to swim in the competition pool itself from March 1st as it opens to the public.

Designed by internationally renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, the London Aquatics Centre is one of the most recognisable venues from the Games with its unique wave like roof.

The venue houses two 50-metre swimming pools and the competition pool will be available for lane and fitness swimming, with the other available for lessons and family fun. There is also a 25-metre diving pool with boards and platforms up to 10 metres, a dry diving zone, a state-of-the-art 50-station gym and café.

Since the end of the Games, the London Aquatics Centre has been transformed with the temporary seating stands removed in favour of 2,800 square-metres of glass and eight doors to allow natural light to filter into the pool.

Swimming sessions will cost as little as £3.50, the same as a swim in any other local pool, and there will be swimming and diving lessons and inclusive community sessions.

The venue also has an innovative lift mechanism called a ‘Poolpod’ for people who require mobility assistance.

In addition to community swimming, the Aquatics Centre, which is now the home British Diving, will host a range of national and international events including the FINA/NVC 2014 World Diving Series in April and the 2016 European Swimming Championships and is the new home of British Diving.

Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "After a post-Olympic makeover, London's majestic aquatics centre is now flinging open its doors for everyone to enjoy, whether an elite athlete or enthusiastic amateur. All of the world class sporting venues on the magnificent Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park have secured bright futures, dispelling fears of white elephants and helping to drive our ambitious regeneration plans for east London."

The London Aquatics Centre is located at the entrance to the south of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in the east of the capital. It is easily accessible from a number of London hotels.