Swim Center


The Pool is currently open


Scroll down or go to our Swim Lesson page for more information!

Physical Distancing and Facial Coverings are still required to participate in Recreation Programs

*The Recreation office remains closed.
The fastest way to receive assistance is by emailing: recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us


9am - Family Swim & Water Aerobics Lanes
4pm - Fitness Swim & Masters Lanes

Reservation Period
Resident Registration
Non-Resident Registration
May 17th - 30th*Tuesday May 11thWednesday May 12th
June 1st - 11th**Tuesday May 25thWednesday May 26th

*The Swim Center will be closed May 31st for Memorial Day

**The Swim Center Summer Schedule will begin on Saturday, June 12th.  Stay tuned for details.

Important Information:

  1. To swim, a space must be reserved online. There are no drop-ins or in-person reservations
  2. The online lane reservation system can be complicated for new users! Please review our Online Registration Instruction page by clicking on the Aquatic tab before making reservations. It is highly encouraged that you log-in and play around with the system to get used to it before reservation day.
  3. You can reserve online here.
  4. There is a very high demand for swimming, much more than can be accommodated. Spaces may fill within an hour or two of registration opening.
  5. If you cannot swim on a day that you have reserved, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to allow others to take your place. Instructions on how to do this are on the Online Registration Instruction page by clicking on the Aquatic tab and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
  1. Swim Lessons
  2. Fitness Swim
  3. Masters Swim Team
  4. Gators Swim Team
  5. Family Swim
  6. Water Aerobics

Swim lessons (Click for more information)

For ages 2 years and older, learn-to-swim in a safe and fun environment! Our instructors have been trained to teach lessons so you can get the most out of learning while staying safe from COVID. Private Lessons for Youth and Adults. Semi-Privates available for members of the same household with similar swimming ability.

Due to high demand, Swim Lesson registration will be a lottery. Please visit our Swim Lesson page for more information.
Lottery Registration begins at 9am on Thursday May 13th and closes at 12pm on Sunday May 16th. Winners will be chosen on Monday May 17th.
Swim Lesson lottery registration will be for RESIDENTS only. If after winners are chosen there are still spaces available, enrollment will open to both Residents and Non-Residents on Monday May 17th at 12pm.

Here are step-by-step Lottery Registration instructions.

Spring Session: Saturday May 22 - Saturday June 5 (3 Lessons)
Summer Sessions: TBD

Swim Lesson Times:

Each lesson is 20-minutes long with 5 minutes after the lesson to exit the facility.

Activity Pool:

  • 9am
  • 9:30am
  • 10am
  • 10:30am
  • 11am
  • 11:30am


For 3 Lessons:
$99 Resident Private
$123 Non-Resident Private
$165 Resident Semi-Private for two students ($69 after paying $99 for first student)
$207 Non-Resident Semi-Private for two students ($87 after paying for first student)

Please note:

Information on the steps the Swim Center is taking to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, plus information on our programs and how to reserve lanes, is available in the Policies Manual which you can read here (updated version as of 2/11/21).

High-Use Facility: This is a high-use facility with multiple programs happening at a time. During your reservation time, other programs may be occurring that have loud music or amplified sound.

Verification of Residency: Proof of household address may be requested at any time to verify residency. This may be in the form of a utility bill or rental lease.

Cancellation Policy: For Fitness, Family and Water Aerobics reservations, lanes can now be cancelled online (no in-person or over phone cancellations) up to 7pm the day before your reservation! You can reserve lanes up until midnight the day of. A 50% processing fee will be applied, the remaining 50% will be applied as a credit to your household. The Online Instructions page has been updated with instructions on how to cancel a lane reservation.

Swim Lesson Cancellation Policy: Make-up classes are not available. Requested refunds or transfers will be approved only if initiated no later than 10 business days prior to the first day of class. All refunds/transfers will be charged a processing fee of $21 per class. Refunds will not be granted after the first class meeting except in the case of medical emergency and must be submitted within 48 hours. Cancellations, transfers, and schedule changes will not be granted for non-attendance. Refund requests must be made by email to: recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us. We reserve the right to cancel any sessions due to low enrollment.

The Swim Center is CLOSED on City Holidays:
Monday, May 31, 2021


Questions related to the re-opening of the pool and new policies


Currently, the Swim Center is NOT able to offer the following programs: Splash Park, rECswim, Lifeguard Training, or Parties at the Pool.

Any changes that are made, including any updates to times or health orders, will be updated on this website.

Please keep in mind the City of El Cerrito Offices, including the Community and Swim Center offices, remain closed for the time being.

Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool

On August 18, 2015, in response to an application from El Cerrito Residents and Swim Center Patrons, the El Cerrito City Council voted to rename the Competition Pool the Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool.

Emery Weed was a much loved swim instructor, lifeguard, swim coach, and mentor to thousands of people during his 25 year tenure at the El Cerrito Swim Center. His life, passions, spirit, and philosophy of "Good Health, Love, Peace, Happiness and Prosperity" enriched the lives of so many in El Cerrito and beyond. "Keep coming back, it works!" is the advice Emery gave for a healthy life upon his retirement in 2013. The renaming of the El Cerrito Swim Center’s Competition Pool in Emery’s honor will help ensure that his legacy lives on for years to come and will continue to inspire future generations 

Emery G. Weed III — 1941–2014

Lifeguard Emery G Weed III