Leisure Mats

Discover an extensive range of the best anti-slip, safety-focused wet area and rubber based leisure mats for Playgrounds, Leisure Centres, Swimming Baths, Gyms and more.
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Leisure Mats - Buying Guide and Information


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What are Leisure Mats?


Leisure Mats are defined as any type of matting that have been designed to be used in leisure centres and recreational environments such as Gyms, Playgrounds, Swimming Pools and Spas. The main benefit they offer is additional safety for users by improving grip levels, especially in wet areas, or creating a cushioned surface in play areas or gyms.


Our detailed guide below offers more information regarding the use of Leisure Mats and the different types that are available from First Mats.


Leisure Mats for Wet Areas


Wet Area Mats are highly-slip resistance plastic-based matting which has been designed to limit and prevent health and safety dangers within commercial or privately-owned wet rooms; such as showers and changing rooms. 


Features of Wet Area Leisure Mats


There are various critical features that make wet area leisure mats work effectively in their environments.


Drainage Holes – Our AquaDeck tiles are made up with thousands of small drainages holes– preventing any water from building up on the surface and allowing any underneath liquid to be cleared away with ease.  Additionally, the studs on the underside of the mat encourage greater drainage to further reduce the risk of slipping on wet floor surfaces.


Bacterial and fungal prevention – Our high-quality wet area matting is coated with a thin micro-plastic substance that actively resists fungal and bacterial growth, and reduces foot odours – majorly important in health and safety practice for public and privately-owned pools.


Modularity (Tiles) – Our AquaDeck Shower Tiles for example, are semi-modular wet area tiles that are available in a pack of 9, measuring 30cm x 30cm per tile which easily clip together, making them suitable for floors of most sizes and shapes. Bevelled edges can be purchased separately including female and male edges (each tile features two female and two male adjoining edges) along with corner pieces to complete the mats.


Comfortable surface –  Wet area mats not only need to perform well in wet, low-traction environments but they also need to provide a level of comfort to the user. All our wet room matting is designed to be as comfortable as possible for users with bare feet.


Cross-Ribbed Design (SlipProtect) – The smartly implemented cross-ribbed design of our SlipProtect wet room mat offers high levels of stability and safety ensuring maximum barefoot comfort.


Made from PVC – Wet Area Leisure Mats are made from a unique blend of heavy-duty PVC. The main benefits of using PVC for our AquaDeck and SlipProtect wet room mats include:


  • Durability - PVC is a widely-used substance for matting in the Leisure industries due to the core strength and wear-resistance over time without sacrificing portability
  • Versatility - PVC is an extremely versatile material used in many commercial, domestic and industrial applications.    
  • Lightweight - The low weight density of PVC allows ease of installation and movability in any given environment.

Easy cleaning and maintenance – Wet Area Leisure Mats normally attain high volumes of foot traffic depending on the environment and application, so it is important for the mats to be easy to keep clean and hygienic. One of the easiest methods involves using a high-pressured water blaster to remove any excess liquids and debris from the mat.


What Types of Wet Area Leisure Mats do First Mats Offer?


Currently we offer two types of leisure mats for wet areas. These are the Modular AquaDeck Tiles (starting from £36.50 from a pack of 9) and the SlipProtect Slatted Wet Room Mat (starting at £395.00 for the smallest standard size or £0.53 per cm).


Styles of wet area mats -  There are two main types of wet area shower mats - duckboards and tiles that clip together. The duckboards or cross-ribbed PVC mats can be purchased in custom lengths and are available in a range of attractive colours.


Swimming Pool Leisure Mats


Why are Leisure Mats Used Around Swimming Pools?


Effective floor matting is necessary to provide health and safety provisions in areas with high surface-water areas such as around swimming pools. Current UK Law regulations (please see below) mention maintaining the health and safety of operators. 


The mats improve the comfort and safety of the users in leisure centre swimming pools, hotel swimming pools and for domestic pools.


What does the Law say about Swimming pool mats?


By law, as a pool owner or operator, you are fully responsible for the health and safety of all employers, visitors and pool users. The new updated Health and Safety Legislation clearly states that “Every pool operator is responsible for the health and safety of employees, pool users and other people on the premises”.


Additionally, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations states that: “As a pool operator, under the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations (MHSWR), you must carry out an assessment of the risks which may affect employees, and others, as a result of the work activity. These requirements also take into account members of the public using the pools. You must then take appropriate action to eliminate or reduce those risks as far as is reasonably practicable. “


How do Swimming Pool Mats Work?


The main purpose of a swimming pool mat is to greatly reduce slips for users and to drain away any excess water that builds up on regular flooring.

Just like other wet area mats, many leisure mats for swimming pools are made from PVC, an industrial all-purpose material that is not-reactive with chlorine, has mould and mildew resistance, and has anti-fungus and bacteria properties - maintaining critical hygiene standards and preventing pungent foot odours.


What Types of Swimming Pool Leisure Matting do you Have?


Our specialist swimming pool mats come in wide range of colours and sizes to enhance the look and safety of your swimming pool. If you need matting for your shower or wet room area, we also offer mats to fit your needs and specifications.


At First Mats UK, we offer two main types of swimming pool mats:


  • AquaStep Swimming Pool /Changing Room Mat
  • FlowMat Swimming Pool Floor Mat

AquaStep Overview


  • The plastic (PVC) construction has been treated to prevent fungal and bacterial growth
  • Can be custom cut to any length you require
  • Designed for hygiene and underfoot comfort
  • Very good wear and slip resistance
  • Good anti-fatigue properties
  • Can be rolled up to aid cleaning
  • Height 9mm
  • Connector Clips available to connect mats together side by side to increase the width covered by the Aqua Step Mat.

FlowMat Overview


  • FlowMat is a high-quality PVC mat designed to be used around swimming pools and other wet areas. The mats are available in a choice of three colours and feature bevelled safety edging as standard..
  • Slip Resistant - Conforms with test DIN51097 Category B
  • Ideal for Swimming Pools, Spas and Changing Areas

Rubber Based Leisure Mats

First Mats also offers a range of rubber-based matting for use in Gyms or outdoor play areas. These help to absorb impact shocks, protecting both the users and their equipment, whilst maintaining a high-grip level surface in all conditions.


Gym Mats


At First Mats, you can find a choice of individual and interlocking mats designed for commercial and home gyms. These are constructed from dense high-grade rubbers that offer incredible shock absorption and durability.


Our range includes the Interlocking Pro-Gym Floor Mat, which allows you to effortlessly create a safe and sturdy floor covering, through to the Heavy Duty Large Gym Mat which is ideal for heavy free-weight lifting areas or machines.


Leisure Mats for Playgrounds


For any children’s outdoor playgrounds in schools, parks and leisure centres, one of the top priorities parents express is the safety of their child on the premises. Rubber playground mats are engineering to exponentially increase the safety of visitors within grassy and concrete based playing areas. 


Most commonly, playground mats will be placed on slippery ramps, grassy patches and either next to or underneath playground apparatus. Suitable for both indoor and outdoor environments, these mats normally feature a smooth or honeycomb design that both grip to a variety of surfaces, providing great traction and slip resistance. Other key features of playground matting include:


    • Fall Protection– Our playground mats have been tested positive for “Critical Fall Height” (CFH) protection with ranges from 0.6m through to 1.8m. CFH refers to the maximum height of falls from play equipment to the ground.

    • Lay Loose Installation – Playground mats are extremely easy to install with no tools or experience needed. Simply placing the mat down into any existing surface will do the job, upgrading the safety of the area instantly.

    • Slip Resistance – Most of our rubber mats for playgrounds conform to the Slip Resistance Test EN 13552 Category R10 confirming guaranteed safety for your visitors and children. The weighted weather resistance rubber also contributes to non-slip promise.

  • High levels of erosion control – While placed in grass or earthy areas, our mats will not collapse easily with high levels of erosion and wear resistance in all weather.

Playground Mats Buying Guide


We currently supply 2 types of playground matting – the PlayProtect and the PlaySafe.


The PlayProtect is a multi-purpose heavy-duty rubber playground mat, that benefits with the iconic honeycomb design and easy lay loose installation.


The PlaySafe, on the other hand is an interlocking tile system that has built-in 22mm drainage holes and corresponding male and female edges -ideal for irregular areas.


Please view the table below for a summary of the mats:


PlayProtect PlaySafe
  • Made from long-lasting and study natural rubber
  • CHF (Critical Fall Height) tested to 1.0m (complaint to BS EN 1177-1998.
  • Fully UV resistant
  • Sporting the famous honeycomb pattern
  • Very easy to wash with a wet/dry vacuum or hose
  • Indoor and Outdoor Ready
  • 90 cm x 90cm tiles with interlocking edges- no connectors needed
  • 22mm drainage holes for wet areas and anti-slip properties
  • CHF (Critical Fall Height) tested to 0.6m (complaint to BS EN 1177-1998.
  • Conforms to Slips Resistance Test EN 13552 Category R10.
  • UV Resistant
  • Easy to clean with pressure hose.
  • Indoor and Outdoor Ready

Why Choose First Mats?


First Mats is an industry leader when it comes to providing a comprehensive range of products and service with easy to understand specifications that clearly show you the strengths and applications of any given mat.  In line with the constantly changing requirements of the industries we serve, our continuously expanding range adapts to meet, and indeed surpass, industry guidelines, including Health & Safety legislation.


The purchase of a mat is often made with consideration to many factors. These can include price and legal compliance, brand consideration and location if the mat is being placed in an area accessible to customers. Our keen understanding of our customer base provides a unique insight into what is important to those in the industries we serve.

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