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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. 

Spring Pool Schedule (effective March 1-June 8)
Summer Pool Schedule (effective June 9-August 19)


The Lifeguard Training Course
provides American Red Cross 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.   


Summer Session Schedule & Class Levels
REGISTER NOW for adult and child lessons for ages 3+. 
Registration begins on the first of the month for the following month's sessions (see dates below).
 register for the appropriate level or class. No refunds.
Call or email if you need help selecting the correct level for your child. 

During the months of February - November, we offer Saturday-only sessions. During the summer, we offer weekday evening  and Saturday sessions. 

To Register for any Aquatics Class:

Visit the Recreation Complex Registration office - Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:00pm
3230 Macdonald Ave
RichmondCA 94804
Register online


  • 5/1: Register for June Swim Lesson sessions
  • 5/28: Pools Closed for Memorial Day
  • 6/1:  Register for July Swim Lesson sessions
  • 6/2 & 6/3: Pools Closed for Staff Training
  • 6/11: Summer Schedule Begins
  • 7/1: Register for August Swim Lesson sessions
  • 7/4: Pools Closed for Independence Day
  • 8/1: Register for September Swim Lesson sessions

Recreation Swim Notice:

Due to a plaster issue in the shallow end of the Richmond Plunge, there is no Family Recreation Swim at the Richmond Plunge. All Family Recreation Swim sessions are at the Richmond Swim Center until further notice. 

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, please be advised that all swimmers are expected to wear appropriate swim attire (swim suits). Rash guards & synthetic swim shirts may be worn, but no cotton t-shirts/tanks, street clothes, etc. 
All babies and toddlers 4 & under must wear a swim diaper (no regular diapers). 


City Holidays

New Year’s Day                            January 1, 2018
Martin L. King Jr. Day                 January 15, 2018
Presidents' Day                           February 19, 2018
Memorial Day                             May 28, 2018
Independence Day                     July 4, 2018
Labor Day                                    September 10, 2018
Indigenous Peoples Day           October 8, 2018
Veteran's Day                             November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving Day                       November 22 and 23, 2018
Christmas Day                            December 25, 2018   

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