Swim Center


The Pool is currently open

*The Recreation office remains closed.
The fastest way to receive assistance is by emailing: recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us


Please note some minor schedule adjustments for Fitness Swim, Family Swim and Water Aerobics starting on Monday, April 19, 2021.  Details by program are below and on the green sidebar to the left.

9am - Family Swim & Water Aerobics Lanes
4pm - Fitness Swim & Masters Lanes

Reservation Period
Resident Registration
Non-Resident Registration
April 19th - 30thTuesday April 13thWednesday April 14th
May 1st - 16thTuesday April 27thWednesday April 28th
May 17th - 30th*Tuesday May 11thWednesday May 12th

*The Swim Center will be closed May 31st for Memorial Day

Please see the information below on where to reserve lanes and find instructions on reserving lanes:

  1. To swim, a lane must be reserved online. There are no drop-ins or in-person reservations
  2. The online lane reservation system can be complicated for new users! Please review our Online Registration Instruction page by clicking on the Aquatic tab before making reservations. It is highly encouraged that you log-in and play around with the system to get used to it before reservation day.
  3. You can reserve online here. Lane reservations can be made by customers 14 years or older.
  4. There is a very high demand for swim lanes, much more than can be accommodated. Lanes may fill within an hour or two of registration opening.
  5. If you cannot swim on a day that you have reserved, please cancel your reservation as soon as possible to allow others to take your place. Instructions on how to do this are on the Online Registration Instruction page by clicking on the Aquatic tab and scrolling all the way to the bottom.
  6. Please scroll down for program information.

Please note:

Information on the steps the Swim Center is taking to mitigate the spread of Coronavirus, plus information on our programs and how to reserve lanes, is available in the Policies Manual which you can read here (updated version as of 2/11/21).

Verification of Residency - Proof of household address may be requested at any time to verify residency. This may be in the form of a utility bill or rental lease.

Cancellation Policy - Lanes can now be cancelled online (no in-person or over phone cancellations) up to 7pm the day before your reservation! You can reserve lanes up until midnight the day of. A 50% processing fee will be applied, the remaining 50% will be applied as a credit to your household. The Online Instructions page has been updated with instructions on how to cancel a lane reservation.

The Swim Center is CLOSED on City Holidays:
Monday, February 15, 2021
Monday, May 31st, 2021

  1. Fitness Swim
  2. Masters Swim Team
  3. Gators Swim Team
  4. Family Swim
  5. Water Aerobics


***Update Beginning on Monday, April 19th.  Note New Times indicated in BOLD below***

For participants 14 years or older, includes Lap Swim, Water Walking, and Independent Exercise.
Fitness Swim is not for Families or Swim Lessons, please reserve Family Lanes for those activities.

Continually check the online registration page for cancellations or newly released times! 

Fitness Swim Times:

Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool:

  • Monday-Friday 6am-7:45am* & 8am-3:45pm** & 7pm-7:45pm
  • Saturday 7am-7:45am & 11am**-7:45pm
  • Sunday 7am- 7:45pm

Activity Pool :

  • Monday-Friday 3pm-8:45pm
  • Tuesday & Friday 1pm-2:45pm
  • Saturday & Sunday 7am-9:45am

For more information on Fitness Swim and Activity Pool lanes, visit the Fitness Swim page
Lanes are reserved on the hour for 45-minute time periods

* Lane 1 Ladder and Lane 1 Stairs ONLY during Masters practice.

** No Fitness Swim on Tuesdays & Fridays 1pm-1:45pm and Saturdays 10am-10:45am due to Water Aerobics in Lap Pool.  Fitness Lanes will be added back in at this time if Water Aerobics does not fill within 72 hours of class date.

$10 Resident
$12 Non-Resident


Questions related to the re-opening of the pool and new policies


Currently, the Swim Center is NOT able to offer the following programs: Swim Lessons, Splash Park, rECswim, Lifeguard Training, or Parties at the Pool.

Any changes that are made, including any updates to times or health orders, will be updated on this website.

Please keep in mind the City of El Cerrito Offices, including the Community and Swim Center offices, remain closed for the time being.

Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool

On August 18, 2015, in response to an application from El Cerrito Residents and Swim Center Patrons, the El Cerrito City Council voted to rename the Competition Pool the Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool.

Emery Weed was a much loved swim instructor, lifeguard, swim coach, and mentor to thousands of people during his 25 year tenure at the El Cerrito Swim Center. His life, passions, spirit, and philosophy of "Good Health, Love, Peace, Happiness and Prosperity" enriched the lives of so many in El Cerrito and beyond. "Keep coming back, it works!" is the advice Emery gave for a healthy life upon his retirement in 2013. The renaming of the El Cerrito Swim Center’s Competition Pool in Emery’s honor will help ensure that his legacy lives on for years to come and will continue to inspire future generations 

Emery G. Weed III — 1941–2014

Lifeguard Emery G Weed III