Young boy swimming                         

The Community Services Department offers affordable, year-round aquatic programs at two locations, the Richmond Plunge and the Richmond Swim Center. We offer a wide variety of programs. All programs are  led by professional, enthusiastic, American Red Cross certified pool staff. Swimmers of all ages and abilities will discover that the benefits of aquatic instruction, recreation and fitness are endless. 

The Richmond Plunge has been re-opened   
Check the schedule for hours and information

June 10-14, 2019
Ages 11-14

A great class for young teens who love to swim and want to learn about Lifeguard responsibilities and skills. Our goal is to help each student appreciate aquatic safety, have fun, and prepare for the actual Lifeguard class. 
Prerequisite Session (5/25 or 5/31) & Advanced Registration required. For more information, please contact Aquatics Coordinator, Paula Cooper-Tipton at or (510)620-6831


Winter-Spring Pool Schedule
effective through Feb 2-June 7, 2019

Summer Pool Schedule coming soon!

We hire Lifeguards year-round.

Certified Lifeguards can Apply online now

The American Red Cross Lifeguard course 
provides certification to participants who pass the written and practical portions of the course. Lifeguard Training is offered periodically throughout the year, with our main goal of training new Lifeguards who can apply to work at our pools. Please email
 if you would like more information, or if you would like to be alerted when the next course is scheduled.   


Summer Swim Lessons Schedule and Levels (June-Aug 2019)
Registration dates are posted for each session of adult and child lessons for ages 3+. 
No Refunds or transfers, so please
 register for the appropriate level or class. 
Call or email if you need help selecting the correct level for your child. 

Our general lessons schedule is Saturday sessions from February - November, with the addition of weekday evening sessions during the summer.  


Join the fun and learning with this new in-water Parent/Child class.This class is specifically for tots who are 6 months-4 years old, and is temporarily available as a drop-in class, for the same price as Tot Splash! See flyer or ask staff for more information
Little Splashers will begin registration on 7/1 for the first session which will begin 7/15 (Richmond Swim Center) and 7/18 (Plunge). The last drop-in class will be on 7/11. 

To Register for any Aquatic Class: 

Visit the Recreation Complex Registration office
Mon-Fri from 8:30am-4:00pm
3230 Macdonald Ave
RichmondCA 94804
Register online



5/25: Jr. Lifeguard Prerequisite session (at RSC)
Pools Closed for Memorial Day
5/31: Jr. Lifeguard Prerequisite session (at Plunge)
6/1 & 2:  Pools Closed for Summer Staff Training
6/3: Registration opens for June (Ses I & Ses A) Swim Lessons 
6/8: Summer Pool Schedule begins
6/10-14: Junior Lifeguard Class (at RSC)
6/28: Registration opens for July (Ses B) Swim Lessons
7/1: Registration opens for July (Ses II) Swim Lessons & Little Splashers class
7/4: Pools Closed for Independence Day
7/15: Registration opens for July (Ses C) Swim Lessons
7/29: Registration opens for August (Ses III) Swim Lessons
7/29: Registration opens for August (Ses D) Swim Lessons

Admission & Supervision Requirements for Children

For safety reasons, all children 8 & under must be attended by and supervised at arms distance in the water and deck area at all times by an adult, with a limit of two children per adult. Children 9-13 may swim with an adult supervising in the facility. We understand that some children who are under 9 may be excellent swimmers, but we enforce this policy for all drop-in swimmers, regardless of skill level. Please do not ask staff to bend the rules.

Swim Wear Required

For safety and pool maintenance reasons, please be advised that all swimmers are expected to wear appropriate swim attire (swim suits). Rash guards & synthetic swim shirts may be worn, but no cotton t-shirts/tanks, street clothes, etc. 
All babies and toddlers 4 & under must wear a swim diaper (no regular diapers). 


City Holidays

New Year’s Day                            January 1, 2019
Martin L. King Jr. Day                 January 21, 2019
Presidents' Day                           February 18, 2019
Memorial Day                             May 27, 2019
Independence Day                     July 4, 2019
Labor Day                                    September 2, 2019
Indigenous Peoples Day           October 14, 2019
Veteran's Day                             November 11, 2019
Thanksgiving Day                       November 28 and 29, 2019
Christmas Day                            December 25, 2019   

For more information, please call Community Services Department at (510) 620-6793.