Young boy swimming                         

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. 



Contra Costa County has moved back into the purple tier, which means we cannot continue our reopening plans for our indoor pools. Once we have solid footing in the red tier, we will resume our training plans for Lifeguards who are still available to work. Please keep in mind that indoor pools are not allowed to open (based on CA requirements) until we reach the orange tier. At that time, the county and the Richmond Emergency Operations Center (EOC) management also have to approve our opening. Please check back here for updates. 

If you would like to receive email updates about City of Richmond pools, please email your first and last name to 

Pool Rules

Please read and become familiar with the pool rules before you visit to be sure you are prepared.
If you have any questions, please ask the Aquatics staff.


The following is for informational purposes to get an idea of what is to come when we open. THIS IS NOT FOR CURRENT POOL USE, AS THE POOLS ARE NOT OPEN YET.  

  • Pool Schedule - this is where you will find the schedule once we announce that we are preparing to reopen
  • Main Guidelines for Post-Covid Swimming - basic information you will need to know for swimming at City of Richmond Pools
  • Plunge SHALLOW "Lane Map"- information about each lane so you can select a lane that is appropriate for your use.
  • Plunge DEEP "Lane Map"information about each lane so you can select a lane that is appropriate for your use.


When the pool reopens, all patrons must register for lane time and space in advance. There is no in-person registration at the pool.

Registration Schedule

Lane Reservation  Dates  Registration Opens Richmond Residents Registration Opens
1st- 15th of the month
25th* of prior month: 8:30am 25th* of prior month: 1:00pm
16th- end of the month 10th* of the month: 8:30am 10th* of the month: 1:00pm

*or previous weekday if the first day of registration falls on weekend/holiday

You may register online

  1. Create an account
  2. Search for Lap Swim/Water Exercise by date or time
  3. Read the supplemental information and sign the waiver
  4. Pay and retain your email receipt. Be prepared to show your receipt upon arrival at the pool if you have registered within 24 hours of your swim time 
If you cannot register online or if you need assistance with the process, call the Registration office: 
Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:00pm

We hire Lifeguards year-round


Certified Lifeguards can Apply online now


The American Red Cross Lifeguard course 
provides 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.   

We do not know yet when we will be able to resume swim lessons. 

Please check for updates in April 2021.

Our normal swim lesson calendar includes
  • Saturday sessions at Richmond Swim Center (January-October)
  • Weekday evening sessions (Mon-Thur) at Richmond Plunge (June-August).  
Please check for updates in April 2021.
Class Description:
Join the fun and learning with this in-water Parent/Child class.This class is specifically for tots who are 6 months-4 years old. Advanced registration required. 

To Register for any Aquatic Class: 

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

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, 2021
Martin L. King Jr. Day                 January 18 2021
Presidents' Day                           February 15, 2021
Memorial Day                             May 31, 2021
Independence Day                     July 5, 2021
Labor Day                                    September 6, 2021
Admissions Day                          September 9, 2021
Indigenous Peoples Day           October 11, 2021
Veteran's Day                             November 11, 2021
Thanksgiving Day                       November 25 and 26, 2021
Christmas Day                            December 25, 2021   

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