Swim Center

 ​we are open! check our schedules below for specific times

The Splash Park is closed.  We will reopen it as soon as possible!
Modified holiday schedules and planned closures are on the second page of the pool schedule.

Schedule Change: NO ACCESS TO WATER WALKING LANE 10:30-11:30am
Tuesdays/Thursdays 2/7-5/2
Fridays 3/1-3/29


Swim Center Schedule: Jan. 7 - June 9, 2019

Water Aerobics Schedule Nov/Dec
Water Aerobics Schedule: January

The El Cerrito Swim Center is the home of the
Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool. Our mission is to promote health and safety by providing the residents of the El Cerrito and surrounding communities the opportunity to engage in a variety of aquatic activities.


Photo by Evan B. Clark
Click here to enroll for swim lessons online now! Lessons will begin again in March 2019 with registration opening in February. Classes fill quickly.

General Registration Form - Used to register for swim lessons or a class, just bring it to the Swim Center or click here to register online.

Pass Registration Form - Fill this out before purchasing a swim pass and bring it and your payment to the Swim Center or click here to register online. Just let us know that you registered online next time you're here and we'll print your pass(es) out for you.

Pass Registration Form - page 2 (Family Passes) - Fill this page out as well as the Pass Registration Form above if you are purchasing child/youth passes or are purchasing passes for more than two family members.

Gators Swim Club - Information and registration forms for our Gator's Swim Club. Please call (510) 559-7011 to schedule a try out.

Lifeguard Training - Please check our current Rec Guide for upcoming certification classes.  You can register in person anytime the Swim Center is open or online.  Click here to sign up online now!

Babysitting Basics (ages 11-14)
 - Flyer for our Baby Sitting Basics class


Photo by Evan B. Clark

This is a great idea for birthday parties, graduation parties, or whatever you'd like! The rental season for our Recreation Pool & Splash Park rentals open in April and goes through October. Bookings will be accepted beginning in March. For more information, please call (510) 559-7008, email recreation@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or see the flyers below.

Rec Pool & Splash Park Rental Application

Picnic Table & BBQ Area Rental Application

Rec Pool & Splash Park Rental Application for School Groups


Every Month Should Be National Water Safety Month! Drowning remains a leading cause of death for children between the ages of 1-4. All of these deaths are preventable. Here at the City of El Cerrito we are committed to the prevention of drownings and to the education of water safety to participants of all ages. Listed below are some links to help educate parents and caregivers to help prevent water related injuries and deaths. Join us at our free Safe Swim Event on June 16! See below for more info.

Water Safety MonthSafe Swim Event

Drowning Fact Sheet

National Water Safety Month Information

Drowning is Preventable

Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool

Emery G. Weed, III
Emery G. Weed III — 1941–2014

 On August 18, 2015, the El Cerrito City Council, in response to an application from El Cerrito Residents and Swim Center Patrons, 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.