Make a splash at the UCSB Recreation Center’s pools! We offer 2 beautiful, newly plastered pools and a spa. Our outdoor pools include the Olympic size "Large Pool" with attached Dive Well and the "Small Pool" a 25yd, 9-lane all shallow teaching pool. Enjoy a wide range of programs and services, from SCUBA and swim lessons to log rolling and youth camps, open to both youth and adults. Whether individuals are seeking to hone their skills, pick up some new ones, or simply go for a lap, join us at UCSB Aquatics!
Pool use requires a Recreation Center Membership.
Due to an unexpected closure of UCSB Campus Pool, the Recreation Center pools are accommodating limited pool use needs for UCSB Intercollegiate Swimming and Water Polo as well as UCSB Recreation Club Water Polo and Triathlon.
Please bear with us as we work to make space for the additional student groups. It is still our priority and primary mission to have drop-in recreation space available in both pools. Please see below for a detailed schedule.
SC = Short Course, LC = Long Course, DW = Dive Well
Example: 13SC + DW= 13 Short Course Lanes and Dive Well Occupied
Did You Know...
Lap swimming lanes are available 89 hours per week.
The Variable Speed Drive motors that operate the Pool circulation system are programmed to run at lower RPMs overnight to save energy and money.
The small pool was struck by lightning in Fall 2015 (no one was present, whew!) and caused two areas of damage to pool plaster. That is why we close the pools, spa, and showers during electrical storms.
The Large and the Small Pools were originally opened in 1994. Pools were drained, re-plastered in 2009 and 2023. The concrete decks were rebuilt and lighting rewired in 2009.
Want the best job on campus with a group of fun, outdoor loving lifeguards and swim instructors? Come join the UCSB Aquatics team at the Recreation center aquatics complex. Open positions include Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, Pool Instructors, Pool Maintenance Staff, Jr. Lifeguards, and Surf & Kayak Camp Instructors. Join the team!