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COVID-19: Aquatics Programs

King Pool and West Campus Pool are currently open for Lap Swim (16+) and Independent Exercise (18+).  All swimmers must pre-register (online or by phone) in order to secure a lane (NO DROP-INS ALLOWED). 45 minutes time slots are available for pre-registration.  One registration allowed per day between both pools.  Locker rooms are CLOSED (except for restroom use). For information regarding pool schedules and new COVID-19 operational procedures, please see below.  Click on the green button below to register.



  • The waitlist is back!  During registration opening, the waitlist will be set to a maximum of three (3) swimmers.
  • Both Pools Closed on Friday, May 21, 2021 (Malcolm X Day)
  • Both Pools Closed on Monday, May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day)

Pool Schedules and Operational Procedures

Resident/Non-Resident Registration Information:

All Swimmers are limited to one (1) swim slot per day between both pools and three (3) total swim slots per week (Monday-Sunday).  This applies to ALL programs (Lap Swim, Independent Exercise (Dive Tank), Independent Exercise (Shallow Pool), Family Swim, Senior Exercise).

    • West Campus Pool Programs: Registration opens Wednesdays at 8:30am for following week's programs (Monday-Sunday)*
    • King Pool Programs: Registration opens Wednesdays at 12:30pm for following week's programs (Monday-Sunday)*
    • Registration opens Fridays at 3:00pm for all programs for the following week (Monday-Sunday)*

Now Hiring!

  • Aquatics Specialists I & II Positions Available (STARTS AT $18.33!) - If you are interested, please submit an employment application and email to recreation@cityofberkeley.info.

Upcoming Pool Closures (for both pools unless otherwise stated):

  • Friday, May 21, 2021 (Malcolm X Day)
  • Monday, May 31, 2021 (Memorial Day)
  • Monday, July 5, 2021 (Independence Day)
  • Monday, September 6, 2021 (Labor Day)
  • Monday, October 11, 2021 (Indigenous People's Day)
  • Thursday, November 11, 2021 (Veterans' Day)
  • Thursday, November 25, 2021 (Thanksgiving Day)
  • Friday, November 26, 2021 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
  • Friday, December 24, 2021 (Christmas Day)
General Information:
The City of Berkeley Aquatics Program operates two outdoor, heated swimming pools: 

King Pool
1700 Hopkins Street
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 981-5105 

 West Campus Pool
2100 Browning Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 981-5125


Shower Program
The City offers free Shower Programs at two (2) different locations.  Program is closed during city holidays (see above for closure schedule).

Willard Shower Program
2701 Telegraph Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94704
(510) 981-5150

Monday - Friday: 5:30pm - 8:30pm
Saturday-Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

West Campus Shower Program
2100 Browning Street
Berkeley, CA 94702
(510) 981-5125

Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:00am
Saturday-Sunday: 3:00pm - 6:00pm


Program Registration
Register online HERE or contact the Recreation Administration office at (510) 981-5150 or recreation@cityofberkeley.info

Scholarships are available provided applicant meets eligibility and verification requirements. You must submit an application and documentation at the time of registration. Scholarship applications can be obtained at any of the Community Centers or at Recreation Administration, and on the website.

Refund Policy
All requests for refunds must be directed to the Recreation & Youth Services Manager, Recreation Division, 2701 Telegraph Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94705. The original receipt must be submitted with a written request for a refund. The request must state the reason for the refund, and the date, time and location of the program. The Rec­reation and Youth Services Manager will render a decision to either: 1) refund the fee; 2) pro-rate the fee; 3) apply the fees to another session or program; or 4) deny the request. No refunds or credit will be granted without 7 days notice prior to start of class or date of reservation. The City will deduct 25% of the amount paid from the refund to cover administration expenses or will add a minimum $10.00 service charge. 
City of Berkeley Parks Rec & Waterfront Business Practices   

Note: The City of Berkeley is not responsible for lost or stolen items at our Aquatic facilities. 

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