Pool use requires a Recreation Center Membership.



Monday – Friday: 6:30 am - 8 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 9 am - 8 pm

See Recreation Center Hours for closures and reduced hours.
*Hours may be modified due to COVID-19. See modification page for current status.


  • Only short course lap swim is available at this time.
  • Gaucho Masters Swim. Join coach John Abrami for a motivating, organized, skill-building workout at the Rec Cen Pools. Monthly and Quarterly rates available Sign up online, click on the "Register Here" button above.
      Monday – Friday: Noon - 1 pm
      Monday – Thursday: 5:30 - 6:30 pm
  • WE DO NOT ALLOW DIAPERS OR SWIM DIAPERS IN THE POOLS. If your child is not fully "potty-trained" do not bring them into the pools.
  • One breath, One length*, One time. (*25 yds or less) We enforce a "no prolonged breath-holding" policy in our pools. We do not allow hyperventilating repeated breath-holding (static or while swimming), or hypoxic training.


The Recreation Center Pools & Spa total over 1,300,000 gallons of water.

Lap swimming lanes are available 97 hours per week.

28 Short Course Lanes 
available most of the day.

The bulkhead in the large pool weighs over 1 ton when dry; it can be inflated, floated, and repositioned 90 degrees to its primary location.

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 and were fully remodeled in 2009. Pools were drained, re-plastered and lighting rewired. The concrete decks were fully rebuilt.

The Recreation Aquatics facilities employ over 95 UCSB students as either Guards or Swim Instructors.

Thank you to CMC Rescue who has kindly donated a new ADA lift cover to the Rec Cen pools, free of charge.


  • Capacity = 17
  • Temp = ~102°
  • ADA Lift


  • 50-meter x 25-yard
  • Diving Tank with one 1-meter and one 3-meter diving board.
  • Temp = ~80°


  • 50-meter x 25-yard x 30-meter "L" pool
  • Diving Well features one 1-meter and one 3-meter diving boards
  • Long Course = 8 lanes
  • Short Course = 26 lanes
  • ADA Lift
  • Min Depth = 4'
  • Max Depth = 17'
  • Pool temp = ~80°


  • 25-yard pool with attached 0-3 foot depth teaching area
  • ADA access ramp
  • ADA Lift
  • Short Course = 9 lanes
  • Min Depth = 2.5'
  • Max Depth = 4'
  • Temp = ~82° 


Debbie Miles-Dutton 
(805) 893-7616