Swim Center

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summer camp recguide is now available!

Winter/Spring recguide is also available!

Register Online  for all Winter/Spring 2020 Programs & Summer Camps!

To view our varying program Times, please click on the appropriate program:

Swim Lessons (including youth, teen and adult lessons, plus private lessons)

Family Times (including Splash Park, Tot Splash and rECswim. There are currently no Family Times, please check back in Spring of 2020!)

Fitness Swim (including Lap Swim, Water Aerobics, Water Walkers and Independent Exercise)

Other Aquatics Programs (including Gators, Masters and Water Polo)

Training (including Lifeguard Training, Junior Lifeguard Training and Babysitters Certification)

Parties at the Pool (including After Hours Pool Rentals and Picnic Rentals)

15 year anniversary Summer Splash Pool Party!

Opened in 1962, the El Cerrito Swim Center was renovated in 2004 after the passage of Measure A. On July 21, 2019 the Recreation Department hosted a celebratory Pool Party! Over 500 community members joined us for FREE rECreation Swim, games, prizes, face painting and much more!

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registration & program information

Click here for online enrollment.

The General Registration Form is used to register for swim lessons or a class, just bring it to the Swim Center!

Want to purchase a Swim Pass? Fill out the Pass Registration Form and bring it and your payment to the Swim Center. You can also register online here. Let us know that you registered online and we'll print your pass!

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Gators Swim Club is the year-round USA Swimming swim team at El Cerrito Swim Center. Please click here for registration forms and try out information.

Family Swim times have already begun! Times and fees can be found here. To purchase a family pass, fill out the Pass Registration Form - page 2 (Family Passes). When purchasing child/youth passes or purchasing passes for more than two family members, fill page 2 out as well as the Pass Registration Form above. 

Interested in becoming Lifeguard Certified? Please check our current rECGuide for upcoming certification classes.  You can register in person anytime the Swim Center is open or online. Click here to sign up online now!

City Council approved new fees for the El Cerrito Swim Center effective September 1, 2019.



Every month should be National Water Safety Month! Drowning remains a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1-4. All of these deaths are preventable. Here at the City of El Cerrito we are committed to the prevention of drownings and to the education of water safety to participants of all ages. Listed below are some links to help educate parents and caregivers to help prevent water related injuries and deaths. Join us at our free Safe Swim Event on June 16! See below for more info.

Drowning Fact Sheet

National Water Safety Month Information

Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool

On August 18, 2015, the El Cerrito City Council, in response to an application from El Cerrito Residents and Swim Center Patrons, 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 IIIEmery G. Weed III — 1941–2014