Aquatics Programs

About the El Cerrito Swim Center
On January 12, 2004, the City of El Cerrito opened its new Swim Center to the public. The swim center renovation was made possible by the citizens of El Cerrito and the passage of the Measure A parcel tax, passed in March 2000. The City of El Cerrito staff would like to extend a special "Thank You!" to all of its citizens, City Council members, and commissioners that made this beautiful addition to our city possible. The facility features both the 25 yard x 25 meter Emery G. Weed, III Lap Pool, with one and three meter diving boards, as well as a multi-use recreational pool, equipped with a mushroom play fountain and slide.

Click the link to view some frequently asked questions about the recreation departments aquatic division. 

Specialty Classes
Lifeguard Training (ages 15+)
Participants learn the duties and responsibilities of a professional lifeguard.  Deep and shallow water rescue techniques, injury prevention,  first aid, and CPR/AED skills will be covered in the class.  Participants must pass a pre-course swim test at the first class to continue.  Upon successful completion of written and practical skill evaluation, participants will receive American Red Cross certification.

Babysitting Basics (ages 11-14)
Participants will learn about interviewing for a babysitting job, learn how to choose safe and age-appropriate toys and games, learn basic care such as feeding, diaper changing, and infant holding techniques.  Basic first aid for cuts, scrapes and bumps will be covered as well. 

Junior Lifeguard Camp (ages 11-14)
Junior Lifeguard Camp prepares potential lifeguards to meet the prerequisites of the American Red Cross Lifeguard course.  Prerequisites: Must be comfortable in deep water, able to swim 200-yards non-stop coordinated front crawl and breast stroke and tread water for two minutes.  Participants who successfully complete all written and practical exams will receive certification in American Red Cross First Aid, CPR, and Basic Water Rescue.  Participants who successfully complete all sections of the camp and are 13-14 years old, may apply to volunteer alongside our Lifeguards and Swim Instructors during the summer season. For more information call (510) 559-7011 or email

Pool Rules
Click here to find the list of rules for our pool. 

El Cerrito Gators Swim Club
El Cerrito Gators Swim Club is a year-round program run by the City of El Cerrito.  Our mission is to provide a well-rounded program that emphasizes individual fitness, teamwork and fun.  Gators swimmers have opportunities to compete in swim meets throughout the year.  Participation in swim meets is encouraged, but is not required.  Parent participation is required of all swimmers participating in swim meets.  Upon enrolling in the program, you will receive directions on how to register with USA swimming.  All club members are required to register with USA Swimming.  Please speak with your coach for more information.  Registration for the program will be accepted on an ongoing basis (space permitting).  Tryouts are scheduled by appointment only (as space permits).  Eligible swimmers must be able to swim 100-yards of coordinated front crawl,  100-yards backstroke and 100- yards breast stroke (Level 4 passing skills).  For more information or to arrange a tryout, please call (510) 559-7011 or email Enrollment in the Gators Swim Club program is on an annual basis (September-August).  Re-enrollment forms must be completed every September to remain an active member of the Swim Club.