Swim Center

City of El Cerrito Closures (2)

Pool Operations Information

Thank you everyone for your support during this unprecedented time! The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that properly maintained pools using chlorine inactivates the virus in the water. However, Contra Costa County in their Shelter in Place Order states that "use of outdoor recreational areas and facilities with high-touch equipment or that encourage gathering, including, but not limited to, playgrounds, gym equipment, climbing walls, picnic areas, dog parks, pools, spas, and barbecue areas, is prohibited outside of residences, and all such areas shall be closed to public access."

While we are preparing for eventual opening, the Swim Center will remain closed until the Shelter in Place order lifts. We will try to keep everyone updated as soon as this order changes.

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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.

Drowning Fact Sheet

National Water Safety Month Information

To view our varying program Times, please click on the appropriate program:

Swim Lessons (including youth, teen and adult lessons, plus private lessons)

Family Times (including Splash Park, Tot Splash and rECswim. There are currently no Family Times, please check back in Spring of 2020!)

Fitness Swim (including Lap Swim, Water Aerobics, Water Walkers and Independent Exercise)

Other Aquatics Programs (including Gators, Masters and Water Polo)

Training (including Lifeguard Training, Junior Lifeguard Training and Babysitters Certification)

Parties at the Pool (including After Hours Pool Rentals and Picnic Rentals)

City Council approved new fees for the El Cerrito Swim Center effective September 1, 2019.

Emery G. Weed III Lap Pool

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 

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