COVID-19: Your Questions Answered

We know that you may have some questions about your membership, what your visit will look like and more. Read our FAQ's to find your answer.

Update: 15 March 2021

Firstly, we wanted to start by thanking you for your continued support during this most recent lockdown. We know many of you have missed being active with us and our teams are working hard, behind the scenes, getting ready to welcome you back.
We will be reopening facilities in three phases, in line with current Government guidance.
Phase One
Outdoor activities will begin to resume from 29th March at Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, Lewes Leisure Centre and East Grinstead Sports Club.
Phase Two
Gym will resume from 12th April at Downs Leisure Centre, Seahaven Swim and Fitness Centre in Newhaven, Peacehaven Leisure Centre, Lewes Leisure Centre and East Grinstead Sports Club.
Swimming activities will begin to resume from 12th April, to include lane swimming and under 18s swimming lessons, at Seahaven Swim and Fitness Centre and Lewes Leisure Centre.
Phase Three
Group Exercise (to include Aqua Aerobics) and 18 plus swimming lessons will begin to resume from 17th May.
Over the coming weeks we will share more details about the activities which will be available, how to book, what you need to know for your visit and what classes will be available. Keep your eyes peeled!


Are Changing Rooms Open when using the Gym?

Changing rooms can now open from Monday 19th April but their use should be minimised.

Changing rooms are areas of increased risk, so you should shower and change at home where possible.

If you do need to use changing rooms, you should minimise time spent inside.

Do I need to wear a facemask? 

We request that face coverings are worn when moving around the building, but face coverings are not required while participating in activity.

When will my membership restart? 

Your membership payment will restart when we can re-open our centres. You will be able to start using the centres from that date. 

We will be communicating important announcements regarding your memberships and re-opening via email. Please follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for top tips, inspiration and workout challenges to keep you motivated. You can also find our latest announcements on our Covid-19 Hub and by downloading the free Wave Leisure app. 

Please click here for specific details about swim school payments.

I have cancelled my direct debit as I don’t want to pay until the Leisure centre reopens. Is this a problem?

We would rather you didn’t cancel your direct debit, as this makes managing your membership more challenging and could result in your membership going into debt. If you have cancelled your direct debit, please would you reinstate this instruction with your bank as soon as possible or contact DFC with your reference number and they will re instate your membership. 

If I pay by direct debit, when will my payment be debited? 

We have written to all members by email or letter to confirm the details of your direct debit payment. All direct debit are frozen while are centres are closed.

Direct Debit payments will be reinstated, in line with your usual direct debit date from 15th May. You will not be charged before this date so please do not amend any details with your bank.

I would like to speak to someone about my current membership

Please email us at and one of the team will get back to you as quickly as possible. It may take a little longer than usual to receive a reply, but we will get back to you, please don’t send in multiple emails as we will be replying to all emails in the order they have been received and sending multiple may increase the time it takes for us to get back to you, but don’t worry, we will take the date of your first communication to process your request. 

What equipment do I need to bring?

Please note, we will no longer be providing certain types of equipment including:

· Yoga/exercise mats

· Yoga blocks

· Tennis/Badminton rackets

· Sports balls

· Shuttle cocks

Please either bring your own or purchase them from our Reception points. Exercise mats will be available for £6, and yoga mats will be available for £18.50.

Can I fill up my water bottle?

Our water fountains will be unavailable during your visit. Please ensure you bring adequate drinking water with you.

Can I bring a sweat towel to the gym?

At this time, we ask that members do no not bring a sweat towel to use in the gym.

Can I use the changing rooms?

The changing/showering facilities will be closed, so please ensure you arrive ready to exercise.

Can I use the toilets?

Limited toilet facilities will be available for essential use only. To use the toilet, you will need to exit the centre from your activity location and re-enter through reception. You may have to queue to get back into the centre.

What do I do with my stuff?

Lockers will not be available during your visit. Please do not bring any unnecessary personal belongings and keep anything you bring with you.

If you are using the gym you can bring coats and small bags, but you will need to carry everything with you and place it next to the item of equipment you are using. This is to prevent trip hazards and reduce the risk of cross-contamination. If you are coming to enjoy a class, you will be able to place coats and small valuables (phones, keys) to the side of the room before you begin. 

Can the Boditrax be booked ?

Yes, the boditrax is now available at the Downs Leisure Centre. To book a scan please email in to or call 01323 490011 and a member of the team will get you booked in. 

How do I become a member? 

To become a member please visit  please visit our memberships page or email . If you want to join as a pre-paid annual member please email or call your local centre and a member of our team will be able to help you

I sent a cancellation request while you were closed, what happens now? 

If you have email with a request to cancel whilst we were closed, you will be contacted shortly, if you haven’t been contacted already.