Lap and Coached Group Pool Swimming in Santa Cruz
Updated: Jan 5
Update as of December 2022:
Well, we hoped for more post-pandemic but swimming in Santa Cruz County doesn't seem any less complicated. Simpkins has been hit with "staffing issues". I couldn't write an entire blog on this topic. But let's focus on how to get your laps in today. 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: $8 / swim
Schedule: Drop in
Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 6:00am-7:30pm
Tue, Thu, Sun: CLOSED
Overall Experience: I can't even with this pool. The times that it IS actually open it's now crowded
1156 High St, Santa Cruz, CA
Cost: $120 / quarter, $320 / year, have to pay $2.95 parking.
Overall Experience: Nice pool. Parking is a pain at times. And it's sometimes closed during holidays.
Closed in Winter (we don't know why)
Cost: Drop in $7 (adult), $5 (senior + youth) per swim
Mon / Wed / Fri:
6:00am-11:45am and 1:30pm-7:30pm
Sat / Sun:
Tues / Thurs: Closed
Overall Experience: Harvey West is a great and underrated pool among the redwoods, although capacity is small (6 lanes).
Cost: $99/month membership + $99 sign up fee.
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
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
*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
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.
Quicksilver Santa Cruz Masters:
Cost: $110 / month for ALL SESSIONS
$40/month for weekends and Friday morning triathlon specific.
Soquel High School
*schedule changes often
Triathlon-Specific Masters Swim
Coached by Gunnar Roll
Simpkins Family Swim Center
Now coached by Quiksliver 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
Cost: $100/month. $10/drop in.
Mon / Wed / Fri: 12pm
Tue / Thu : 6am, 7am, 6pm
Seascape Sports Club Adult Fitness:
Cost: $20/month + membership
Tues / Fri: 6:15am-7:00am