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.
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.
- 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 courseprovides 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 Paula_Cooper-Tipton@ci.richmond.ca.us if you would like more information, or if you would like to be alerted when the next course is scheduled.
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 OPEN for the session beginning Dec 6.
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).
New Year’s Day January 1, 2022 Martin L. King Jr. DayJanuary 17 2022 Presidents' Day February 21, 2022 Memorial Day May 30, 2022 Independence Day July 4, 2022 Labor DaySeptember 5, 2022 Admissions Day September 9, 2022 Indigenous Peoples DayOctober 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.