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Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Is the pool an indoor or an outdoor pool?
Outdoor

How big are the pools?

Competition Pool = 25 yards x 25 meters
We currently run the lane lines in the yards direction only.  There are 8 competition lanes and a shallow section that is a little more than one lane wide.

Recreation Pool = 25 yards
The Recreation pool has three 25-yard lap lanes as well as several shallow sections, a fountain and water slide.

How many laps are in a mile?

72 laps (1 lap of the pool =25yards)

Do I need to be a member?

No.  We are a public pool owned and operated by the City of El Cerrito.  All of our programs are available to the public on a fee basis.

What types of chemicals are in the water?
In order to keep the water sanitary and safe and adhere to health regulations, we use liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite), hydrochloric acid, sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), carbon dioxide and calcium chloride.  At times additional chemicals may be used in order to insure the proper balance of the water.  If you have questions about possible allergic reactions to any of these chemicals please contact a healthcare professional.

Do you have lockers?
Yes.  Each locker room is equipped with plenty of lockers.  We request that you use your own lock.  Lockers are for day use only.  Lockers or belongings left over night may be discarded.

Are my belongings safe at the Swim Center?

There are so many different people and groups that use the Swim Center on a regular basis; it is difficult for our staff to keep an eye on everyone’s belongings.  You should never bring anything of value to the Swim Center and what you do bring is only safe in a properly secured locker.  The City of El Cerrito is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

How old is a senior? How old is a child?
Senior = 60 years old
Child = 1 year – 17 years
For Family Swim & Recreation Swim children under 1 year old are admitted at no charge.

How old do you have to be to participate in lap swim?
14 years or older.  Lap Swim is a designated adult swimming time.

Why do non-residents pay more than residents? 
Residents or their landlords pay property taxes that help the city to subsidize our programs and operations, therefore non-residents pay a 25% surcharge for our classes and passes.

Who is considered a “resident”?
Residents live within the city limits of El Cerrito.  If your postal zip code is 94530 you are an El Cerrito resident. 

It’s hot outside today can I come swimming?
If there is a scheduled Family/Recreation swim (for kids) or Lap Swim (for adults), then you are welcome to swim during those times.  In order to serve the needs of the whole community, our pools are programmed seven days a week with a variety of activities.  We cannot cancel pre-scheduled programs because it is hot outside and others may wish to use the pool.  We do offer Recreation Swim 7 days a week in the summer.

It’s raining and cold, is the pool still open/are swimming lessons still happening?
Yes.  The only weather that closes the pool is thunder & lightning or anything that prevents the lifeguard from seeing the bottom of the pool. 

What is the difference between Family Swim & Recreation Swim?
Both Family Swim & Recreation swim are times that the Recreation pool is open for free play.  During Family Swim times, an adult in the water must accompany all children.  This is a quieter time and is designed for families with younger children.  The water slide is available for use only during Recreation Swim.

Why don’t you allow my child to wear flotation devices?
We believe, as do most public pools, that children are most safe in the water under the close supervision of their parent or other responsible adult.  When a child is wearing a flotation device, we believe that parents develop a false sense of security and do not supervise their child as closely as they otherwise would.  In addition, children may feel more confident in the water than they should.  Although our pool has shallow enough areas that everyone can stand up, that does not mean that they are safe.  When children lose their balance, even in very shallow water, it is very difficult for them to regain it.  We have taught thousands of children and adults how to swim without the aid of flotation devices; if anything flotation devices teach poor body position and unwarranted confidence in an environment where caution should always be exercised.

Why do you have so many rules?
The main reason behind all of our rules is SAFETY.  It may seem like we have a lot of rules but swimming pools are full of hazards and we don’t like people to get hurt.

 



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