very good for swimming. i took my toddlers and they enjoyed themselves. I never managed to get on the slide but the water and the room were nice and warm. It's best to park round the back of the bus station.
If you want to go swimming in Wakefield, this is pretty much your only choice now that Sun Lane has closed down. Luckily Lightwaves is actually quite nice. It's aimed at families really - The main pool isn't designed for serious swimming with it's lagoon shape, mostly shallow water and frequent blasts from the wave machine. However, it's a fun place to take kidswho'll enjoy splashing about, and there is a reasonably impressive slide. There is also a jacuzzi and a small pool for swimming lessons. The changing rooms, whilst nothing special, are quite adequate - it's mixed sex but in cubicles, and there are also family changing rooms. The leisure centre has lots to offer in addition to the pool - squash and badminton courts, a small gym, swimming lesson, various aerobics and martial arts classes and a cafe which overlooks the pool, its smell of chips whetting the hunger od the swimmers. I think you can hire out the hall and a bouncy castle for kids' parties, and they do a roller disco which is pretty fun. I can reccommend the Rookies life saving classes, which children and teenagers can attend to learn about water safety and badic first aid. The first part of the class is theory, followed by practical work in and around the pool - and you can work towards a recognised qualification.
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