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. 



Due to the directive issued by the State of California, Contra Costa County and the City of Richmond regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), 
our department will be closed until further notice. Please note that during this time e-mail and voicemail sent to staff will be checked intermittently.

Although outdoor pools are allowed to open, our pools are indoors and are therefore not allowed to open yet. Contra Costa County is in the State's "Red" tier due to high Covid testing rates. Once we are moved into the "Orange" tier, the county health department will consider opening indoor pools. When they make that decision, we will update this website and post our opening date - it will likely be about 2 weeks after we receive notice, so we have time to check which of our furloughed staff are available to work, provide virtual and in-person training on new rescue techniques and new operational procedures.  

If you would like to receive email updates about City of Richmond pools, please email your first and last name to 


The following is for informational purposes to get an idea of what is to come when we open. THIS IS NOT FOR CURRENT POOL USE, AS THE POOLS ARE NOT OPEN YET.  

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.   

SWIM LESSONS - The next session of swim lessons is planned for Spring 2021

Please check for updates in February 2021.

Our normal swim lesson calendar includes
  • Saturday sessions at Richmond Swim Center (January-October)
  • Weekday evening sessions (Mon-Thur) at Richmond Plunge (June-August).  
Please check for updates in February 2021.
Class Description:
Join the fun and learning with this in-water Parent/Child class.This class is specifically for tots who are 6 months-4 years old. Advanced registration required. 

To Register for any Aquatic Class: 

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

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, 2020
Martin L. King Jr. Day                 January 20, 2020
Presidents' Day                           February 17, 2020
Memorial Day                             May 25, 2020
Independence Day                     July 3-4, 2020
Labor Day                                    September 7, 2020
Admissions Day                          September 13, 2020
Indigenous Peoples Day           October 12, 2020
Veteran's Day                             November 9, 2020
Thanksgiving Day                       November 26 and 27, 2020
Christmas Day                            December 25, 2020   

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