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Lap and Coached Group Pool Swimming in Santa Cruz

We've compiled a list of pools and their availability for both doing your own lap swimming workout or finding a coached masters or adult swim group in the Santa Cruz area.

Skip to masters/adult group swimming info HERE.

Public Lap Swimming:

Cost: $7 / swim

Lap Swim Schedule

Mon-Fri 6:00am-7:30pm

Sat-Sun: 9.00am-4:00pm

Overall Experience: Has had problems over the year with staffing and closures but seems to have stabilized over the last year or so with new management and settling after pandemic.


1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA

Cost: $120 / quarter, $320 / year, have to pay $2.95 parking.

Schedule (varies by quar):

Monday-Friday 6am-8pm

Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-6pm

Overall Experience: Nice pool. Parking is a pain at times. And it's sometimes closed during holidays.

The City of Santa Cruz Parks & Recreation Department is working diligently to open Harvey West Pool to the public by Summer 2024. More details will be forthcoming.

Overall Experience: Harvey West is a great and underrated pool among the redwoods, although capacity is small (6 lanes). There are plans to revitalize the venue. You can read about it here.

Cost: $99/month membership + $99 sign up fee.


Mon-Fri: 5:30am-9:00pm

Sat / Sun: 7:00am-8:00pm

Overall Experience: Expensive option if you're not swimming regularly. It's a nice pool and the hot tub is an added bonus.

Cost: $175 / month but there's a waiting list

Overall Experience: They have a couple of nice pools and facilities but it's STILL on a booking system with 45 min slots and it's hard to get in.

Cost: $69.99/month + $49.99 enrollment


Mon-Fri: 4:00am-11:00pm

Sat / Sun: 6:00am-8:00pm

Overall Experience: Narrow and shallow lanes (limited to 4) with a lot of non-swimmers using this pool

Cost: $93/month + $800 initial membership fee


7:00am- 6:30pm

*must call no more than 24 hours in advance to reserve a lane for 45 minutes. 5 lanes in total.

Cost: Drop in/guests $5.00 per swim


Residents living in SLV:

$40 (individual), $100 (family)

Residents living outside of SLV:

$80 (individual), $200 (family)

*Membership good till May 2022

Schedule: School Year

Mon / Weds: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Sat / Sun: 1:30pm - 4:30pm

*closed Dec 18 - Jan 2nd

Cost: Membership price not available on website.


Mon-Fri: 6:00am - 9:00pm

Sat / Sun: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Overall Experience:

Salt water pool, but it's short and shallow. Only 50 feet or about 17 yds long. You must be a Toadal Fitness member first and still have to reserve a lane.

25 Penny Ln, Watsonville, CA 95076


Mon-Thu: 5:00am - 10:00pm

Fri: 5:00am-9:00pm

Sat / Sun: 8:00am - 6:00pm

Overall Experience: Haven't been there since the refurbishment.

Masters/Adult Group Swimming:

Cost: $110 / month for ALL SESSIONS

$40/month for weekends and Friday morning triathlon specific.

Soquel High School

*schedule changes often

Tues-Thurs: 6:00am-7:30am

Sat: 8:00am-9:30am

Sun: 9:00am-10:30am

Coached by Gunnar Roll

Fridays: 6:00am-7:30am

Simpkins Family Swim Center

Now coached by Quiksilver coaches

Cost: $8 / swim


Mon / Wed / Fri: 12:00pm

Watsonville High School

Mon / Wed / Fri: 6:00am-7:30am

*Weekends only membership: 8:00am-10:00am

CRUZ Masters:

Cost: $100/month. $10/drop in.


Mon / Wed / Fri: 12pm

Tue / Thu : 6am, 7am, 6pm

Sun: 10am

Seascape Sports Club Adult Fitness:

Cost: $20/month + membership


Tues / Fri: 6:15am-7:00am

Simpkins Adult Fitness:

Cost: $9/workout

Mon/Wed/Fri: 6am and 7:15am

Sat: 9am

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Hi! Do you know which pools in the county are salt-water?

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Yes good question. Cabrillo fitness in Soquel - - and the newly refurbished Toadal Fitness in Watsonville are both salt water - This blog needs an update so thanks for the nudge!


Hi Martin. I think UCSC is also offering community swimming although I'm not sure of the details.

Martin Spierings
Martin Spierings
Dec 31, 2022
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