Aquatics Program & Pools

The City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department's Aquatics District offers affordable, year-round programs at 13 locations citywide. All sites offer programming for all ages: Lap and Recreational Swim, Water Fitness, Youth Swim Team, Youth Water Polo, Learn to Swim Classes and swimming pool rental. The City also offers specialized programming and special events: Adaptive Aquatics Program, Learn to Swim for Free, Summer Portable Pool Program, American Red Cross courses, April Pool's Day, Parent and Tot Workshops and school presentations throughout the year. Please call Pools for more information.


Please contact our facilities for the latest hours of operations, programs and events, or emergency closure information.

Summer Portable Pool Program

This program is offered at many recreation centers throughout the City during the summer months. Portable Pools are designed to bring swimming lessons and recreational swim opportunities to communities without permanent pools.

At Portable Pools, swimming lessons follow the Learn-to-Swim Program format. These lessons are provided either free or at a reduced rate. They are available to children who are at least 3 feet tall and toilet-trained. Participants may register for these classes at the host recreation centers. Registration is on a first come, first serve basis. Portable Pools are not open on registration days.

See the PDF icon Portable Pool Schedule for this summer's dates, times and locations.

Learn to Swim Program

All programs are led by professional and enthusiastic swim instructors. Swimmers of all ages and abilities will discover that the benefits of aquatic instruction, recreation and fitness are endless.

Learn to Swim Program

Recreational and Lap Swimming

Everyone is encouraged to swim during designated swim times in a supervised, unstructured atmosphere.

Note: Specific lanes and areas will be designated for Lap and Recreational Swimming at certain times. However, pool may be utilized for other programs as well.

Facility Admission Fees

All persons entering the facility during recreational and lap swimming times must pay the following admission fees:

Adults (16 years and older): $4 per visit, $30 for 10 visits or $85 for 30 visits

Children/Disabled/Seniors (62 years and older): $2 per visit, $15 for 10 visits or $40 for 30 visits

  • Discount passes may be used at all City pools.
  • Passes expire one year from the date of issue,
  • Children under 7 years of age or less than four feet tall must be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult in a swim suit at all times (including in the water, on the deck and in the restroom)
  • While in the water, a parent or responsible adult must remain within arm’s reach of the child
  • City of San Diego Swimming Pools may close without notice during inclement weather conditions.

A limited number of scholarships and fee waivers (based on financial need) are available. Please contact your Pool Manager for more information.

All Aquatics programs, schedules and fees may be changed and/or canceled without notice.

Emergency Testing & Safety Checks

All City pool personnel are subject to emergency testing at any time. Patron patience and cooperation during these drills is greatly appreciated. There may also be 10-minute safety checks conducted every half hour or every hour during recreational swim hours.

Pool Rentals

All City pools are available to rent for exclusive or shared use (birthday parties, school activities, athletic teams, company parties, special events and more). Contact your Pool Manager for more information on scheduling and pricing.

Community Partners

The following businesses and organizations support the Park & Recreation Department's Aquatics Program:

  • San Diego Surf Lifesaving Association
  • San Diego Fire-Rescue Department
  • American Red Cross: San Diego-Imperial Counties Chapter
  • Vanguard Charitable Foundation
  • San Diego Junior Lifeguard Foundation
  • Price Philanthropies

For questions about services provided by individual pool centers, please call the desired pool center directly.  Numbers can be found at our pool locations list, or contact us via the Ask Parks web comment form.