Swim Center


Please note:

Information on the steps the Swim Center is taking to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, plus times, dates, and how to reserve lanes, is in the Policies Manual which you can read here. The Swim Center does not allow any transfers or refunds after you have made a purchase. Please be very careful in your lane and time selection. 

To swim, a lane must be reserved. There are no drop-ins or in-person reservations. You can reserve online here. Lane reservations can be made by customers 14 years or older, you must have a birthdate in the system for it to recognize your age. If your birthdate is not in the system, please email it to recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us and we will enter it the system.

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Includes Lap Swim, Water Walking, and Independent Exercise
Monday-Sunday 8am-1:45pm
Monday-Thursday 5pm-7:45pm
Lanes are reserved on the hour for 45-minute time periods. 

Fees - with Membership Pass 
Membership Pass (valid for 30-days):
$45 Resident
$56 Non-Resident
Please note that the Membership pass is not a punch pass, you will still need to reserve lanes and pay the separate, discounted lane reservation fee
Membership Pass Holder per Lane Price:
$8 Resident
$10 Non-Resident
Pass-Holders can reserve lanes up to 14-days in advance

Fees - Fitness Swim without Membership Pass
Per Lane Price:
$10 Resident
$12 Non-Resident
Non-Pass Holders can reserve lanes up to 11-days in advance


Monday-Friday 6am & 7am
Saturday & Sunday 7am

$15 / reservation for Resident
$19 / reservation for Non-Resident 


Practice Days
Gator’s will practice Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays & Thursdays for the following 2-week sessions:
Monday & Wednesday Session 1: 7/6-7/15
Tuesday & Thursday Session 1: 7/7-7/16
Monday & Wednesday Session 2: 7/2-7/29
Tuesday & Thursday Session 2: 7/21-7/30

Practice Times
Pre-Team: 2pm
Stroke Development: 3pm
Juniors: 4pm
Seniors: 4pm

$56 Resident
$70 Non-Resident

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