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. 



Due to the directive issued by the State of California, Contra Costa County and the City of Richmond regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), our department will be closed until further notice. Please note that during this time e-mail and voicemail sent to staff will be checked intermittently.

The County has not yet given permission for indoor pools to reopen, but staff are making plans to reopen once allowed and staff are trained and prepared. 


On warm days, we tend to fill to our capacity. When that happens we will start a wait list, but there is no guarantee of entry at that point. This most typically happens during Family Recreation Swim sessions, but can happen at any time. 


If you are looking for unstructured play time in the pool, you should come during a Family Recreation Swim session. We may have limited space for Lap swimming during these sessions, but there is no guarantee. Do not come during Lap Swim if you want to play in the water, or have children under 16 years.  

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.   


There are no swim lessons currently scheduled. Please check back in late Fall/Winter 2020
Check here to decide which level is the right one

Registration dates are posted for each session of adult and child lessons for ages 3+. 
No Refunds or transfers, so please register for the appropriate level or class. 
Call or email if you need help selecting the correct level for your child. 

Our general schedule for lessons is Saturday sessions at Richmond Swim Center (January-October) and weekday evening lessons at Richmond Plunge (June-August).  


There are no Little Splashers sessions currently scheduled. Please check back in late Fall/Winter 2020
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, 2020
Martin L. King Jr. Day                 January 20, 2020
Presidents' Day                           February 17, 2020
Memorial Day                             May 25, 2020
Independence Day                     July 3-4, 2020
Labor Day                                    September 7, 2020
Admissions Day                          September 13, 2020
Indigenous Peoples Day           October 12, 2020
Veteran's Day                             November 9, 2020
Thanksgiving Day                       November 26 and 27, 2020
Christmas Day                            December 25, 2020   

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