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The Community Services Department offers affordable, year-round aquatic programs at two locations, the Richmond Plunge and the Richmond Swim Center. We offer a wide variety of programs. 
All programs are  led by professional, enthusiastic, American Red Cross certified pool staff. Swimmers of all ages and abilities will discover that the benefits of aquatic instruction, recreation and fitness are endless. 


  • Little Splashers Parent-Tot class resumes in January. Register for March classes beginning Feb 7.
  • All patrons 12+ years old are required to show proof of VACCINATION or negative Covid PCR test (within 3 days), along with photo ID, to enter the facility. See information flyer from Contra Costa Health Services for more details. 
  • All patrons and staff are required to wear masks at all times. Only exception is while in the pool or shower.
  • Please create your Active Net account online before coming to the pool to save time


  • Pool Schedule & Program Description - starts 1/18/22
  • Fees - drop ins and punch passes
  • Pool Rules

    - Unless otherwise stated in the updated Covid guidelines, these rules still apply. Please read before your first visit to be sure you are prepared
  • Family Recreation Swim

     - drop in during our the Rec Swim hours indicated on the pool schedule. Low capacity limits are required, so a wait list may be used when we are full. 
  • Admission & Supervision Requirements for Children- For safety reasons, all children 8 & under must be attended by and supervised at arms distance in the water and deck area at all times by an adult, with a limit of two children per adult. Children 9-13 may swim with an adult supervising in the facility. We understand that some children who are under 9 may be excellent swimmers, but we enforce this policy for all drop-in swimmers, regardless of skill level. Please do not ask staff to bend the rules. 
  • Swim Wear Required- For safety and pool maintenance reasons, all swimmers are expected to wear appropriate swim attire (swim suits). Rash guards & swim shirts may be worn, but no cotton t-shirts/tanks, street clothes, etc. All babies and toddlers under 4 must wear a swim diaper (no regular diapers). 

We hire Lifeguards year-round 

We can train Lifeguard applicants who are not yet certified (selection process includes swim and physical skills test). 

The American Red Cross Lifeguard course 
provides certification to participants who pass the written and practical portions of the course. Lifeguard Training is offered periodically throughout the year, with our main goal of training new Lifeguards who can apply to work at our pools. Please email
 if you would like more information, or if you would like to be alerted when the next course is scheduled.   
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Little Splashers
Join the fun and learning with this in-water Parent/Child class. This class is specifically for tots who are
6 months-4.5 years old. Advanced registration required. 
See flyer for details
Registration for March classes opens Feb 7.

We do not know yet when we will be able to resume swim lessons. 

When we have enough staff, we will be happy to start again. Please check for updates

Our normal (former) swim lesson calendar includes
  • Saturday sessions at Richmond Swim Center (January-October)
  • Weekday evening sessions (Mon-Thur) at Richmond Plunge (June-August).  
To Register for ANY Aquatic Class/Program: 
Call the Recreation Complex Registration office
Mon-Fri from 8:30am-4:00pm
or Register online

In-person registration now available:
3230 Macdonald Ave
RichmondCA 94804


Paula Cooper-Tipton, Aquatics Coordinator
Community Services Department
Registration Office 
Richmond Plunge
Richmond Swim Center

If you would like to receive email updates about City of Richmond pools, please email your first and last name to 

City Holidays

New Year’s Day                            January 1, 2022
Martin L. King Jr. Day                 January 17 2022
Presidents' Day                           February 21, 2022
Memorial Day                             May 30, 2022
Independence Day                     July 4, 2022
Labor Day                                    September 5, 2022
Admissions Day                          September 9, 2022
Indigenous Peoples Day           October 10, 2022
Veteran's Day                             November 11, 2022
Thanksgiving Day                       November 24 and 25, 2022
Christmas Day                            December 25 and 26, 2022   

For more information, please call Community Services Department at (510) 620-6793.