UCLA Recreation manages six aquatic facilities throughout the campus and strives to meet the needs of all its participants by offering a variety of programs and services. Such services include swim lessons for youth and adults, Master's swimming, leisure swimming and a variety of innovative aquatic fitness classes that cater to all ability levels. Employment opportunities and safety certification courses are also available. Whether participants are looking for new activities such as aquatic club sports or simply want to exercise in our lap pools UCLA Recreation meets those needs. Join us and explore all that the aquatics program at UCLA Recreation has to offer!

An aquatic lift is available at all pools for swimmers who may need additional assistance entering and exiting the pools.

Facilities and Programs

Facilities

 

Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center

  

 UCLA began construction on the Spieker Aquatics Center in July 2008. The Spieker Aquatics Center is the new home for the UCLA varsity men's and women's water polo, swimming and diving teams, and aquatic club sport teams.

This state-of-the-art facility includes a 52-meter by 25-yard all-deep water pool with a bulkhead, allowing competitions to take place at varying distances (meters versus yards). The aquatics center features 3, 5, 7.5, and 10-meter platforms on a diving tower as well as one and three-meter spring boards.

The Spieker Aquatics Center includes locker rooms for both men's and women's teams in addition to permanent seating for spectators. The east side of the venue features a "Champions Wall" which includes the accomplishments of UCLA's past and present aquatics teams in addition to a LED scoreboard.

Recreational Swimming Hours:
This facility is for competitive use only. There is no recreational swimming.

Facility Rental:
Please view our live schedules and online request system at http://reserve.recreation.ucla.edu.

Directions:
Exit Sunset Blvd East off the 405. Take a right on Bellagio Blvd. Take a left at the second stop sign and a right at the next stop sign into Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Click here to view the campus map.

Family Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

  

(310) 825-3671

The Sunset Canyon Family Pool is an outdoor 25-yard by six lane pool with a shallow leisure area and adjacent deep water diving well. Use of this pool is first and foremost for children and students. Patrons may only use the pool during recreational swimming hours.

Recreational Swimming Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-10:00am, 12:00pm-6:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm

For detailed dates and times, please click here.

Lockers:
Lockers available for purchase at the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering desk. 

Towels:
No towel service available.

Equipment:
You may check out kickboards, pull buoys, fins, and hand paddles by turning in your Bruin ID or your Rec Card to the SCRC Front Desk.

Facility Rental:
Please view our live schedules and online request system at http://reserve.recreation.ucla.edu.

Directions:
Click here to view the campus map.

SCRC Family Pool Use and Safety Rules:

  • Swimming is permitted only when an authorized SCRC Lifeguard is on duty.
  • Swimmers should soap shower before entering the pool.
  • Persons with bandages or open sores will not be permitted in the pools.
  • Swimmers should be dressed in clothing specifically designed for swimming (i.e. no cut off shorts, t-shirts, etc.)
  • NO PROLONGED BREATH HOLDING OR PROLONGED UNDERWATER SWIMMING.
  • Food and drink are confined to the grass and picnic areas.
  • SCRC is a non-smoking environment. All smoking is prohibited. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Glass objects are not permitted in the pool, on the deck areas or in the locker rooms.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be attended and supervised by an adult 18 years or older who is responsible for the supervision and conduct of the child. Each child under 48" tall must be accompanied by an adult 18 years or older in the water.
  • Floatation devices are prohibited in the pools. For lap swimming, use of kickboards, hand paddles, pull buoys, masks, fins, snorkels, and swim belts are permissible. These articles must be used for their designed purpose and in the assigned lanes only. Please see the lifeguard for assistance.
  • Circle pattern swimming is required in designated lanes.
  • Stay off the safety lines and lane lines.
  • Ball games and other hazardous activities are prohibited in the pools and on the decks and grass areas near the pools. Running, dunking, pushing, piggyback rides, and stunts off the side are considered hazardous activities (as well as others deemed so by the lifeguard on duty).
  • Children have priority over adults in the assigned areas of the Family Pool at all times.
  • Instruction by the Lifeguards and Supervisors must be obeyed at all times.

North Pool at Kaufman Hall

 

North Pool is a six lane, 25-yard outdoor pool with depths ranging from 3 feet 6 inches to 10 feet. Formerly known as the Women's Gym in the 1930's, North Pool at Kaufman Hall received a much needed renovation and was re-opened after three years of construction. It now plays host to our adult swim lesson program, practices for the Bruin Swim Club, and the American Red Cross safety program. Additionally, the adjacent wet classroom makes it easy to provide necessary training for lifeguards and water safety instructors.

Recreational Swimming Hours:
Monday-Friday: 6:00am-8:00am, 11:00am-2:00pm

For detailed dates and times, please click here.

Lockers:
Lockers are available for purchase at the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering desk. After receiving a receipt, go to the Student Activity Center front desk where you will be issued a combination lock for a locker at the North Pool.

Towels:
Available for daily checkout at the North Pool front desk.

Facility Rental:
Please view our live schedules and online request system at http://reserve.recreation.ucla.edu.

Directions:
The North Pool is located on the north side of Kaufman Hall. Click here to view the campus map.

Programs conducted at the North Pool include:

North Pool Use and Safety Rules

  • Swimming is permitted only when an authorized UCLA Lifeguard is on duty.
  • Swimmers should soap shower before swimming. Persons with bandages or open sores will not be permitted in the pool. Swimmers must be dressed in clothing specifically designed for swimming (i.e. no cut off shorts, t-shirts, etc.) NO PROLONGED BREATH HOLDING OR PROLONGED UNDERWATER SWIMMING. Food, drink, and glass objects are prohibited in the pool area and locker room. Open recreation swim is limited to persons 18 years of age or older only.
  • Floatation devices, toys, balls, and other foreign objects are prohibited in the pools. For lap swimming, use of kickboards, hand paddles, pull buoys, masks, fins, snorkels, and swim belts is permissible. These articles must be used for their designed purpose and in assigned lanes only. Please see the lifeguard for assistance. 
  • Circle pattern swimming is required in designated lanes.
  • Hazardous activities are prohibited. Running, dunking, pushing, piggyback rides, flips, and stunt off the side are hazardous activities (as well as others deemed so by the lifeguard on duty).
  • Starting blocks are for competitive team use during scheduled practice and competition only.
  • Instruction by the lifeguards and/or supervisor on duty must be obeyed at all times.
  • Diving is permitted only at the deep end. Do no dive from the shallow end.

Park Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center


(310) 825-3671

The Sunset Canyon Park Pool is an outdoor 50-meter pool with a diving well. There are eight lap lanes available. Please refer to the signs at the end of each lane to make sure you enter the correct lane based upon your speed and swim equipment. Circle swim is required. Patrons may only use the pool during recreational swimming hours. The diving boards are available for diving classes and athletic teams only. 

**Children must have passed their 14th birthday in order to be allowed in the water, on deck, or on the grass area.**

Recreational Swimming  Hours:
Sunday-Saturday: 10:00am-8:00pm

For detailed dates and times, please click here.

Lockers:
Lockers are available for purchase at the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering desk. After receiving a receipt, go to the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center front desk where you will be issued a combination lock for a locker at the Park Pool.

Towels:
No towel service available.

Equipment:
You may check out kickboards, pull buoys, fins and hand paddles by turning in your Bruin ID or your Rec Card to the SCRC front desk.

Facility Rental:  
Please view our live schedules and online request system at http://reserve.recreation.ucla.edu.

Directions:
Click here to view the campus map.

SCRC Park Pool Use and Safety Rules:

  • Swimming is permitted only when an authorized SCRC Lifeguard is on duty.
  • Swimmers should soap shower before entering the pool.
  • Persons with bandages or open sores will not be permitted in the pools.
  • Swimmers should be dressed in clothing specifically designed for swimming (i.e. no cut off shorts, t-shirts, etc.)
  • NO PROLONGED BREATH HOLDING OR PROLONGED UNDERWATER SWIMMING.
  • Food and drink are confined to the grass and picnic areas.
  • SCRC is a non-smoking environment. All smoking is prohibited. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.
  • Glass objects are not permitted in the pool, on the deck areas or in the locker rooms.
  • Users of the Park Pool and surrounding areas must have passes their 14th birthday.
  • Swimming is prohibited in all diving wells when divers are present.
  • Floatation devices, toys, balls, and other foreign objects are prohibited in the pools. For lap swimming, use of kickboards, hand paddles, pull buoys, masks, fins, snorkels, and swim belts are permissible. These articles must be used for their designed purpose and in the assigned lanes only. Please see the lifeguard for assistance.
  • Circle pattern swimming is required in designated lanes.
  • Stay off the safety lines and lane lines.
  • Ball games and other hazardous activities are prohibited in the pools and on the decks and grass areas near the pools. Running, dunking, pushing, piggyback rides, and stunts off the side are considered hazardous activities (as well as others deemed so by the lifeguard on duty).
  • Diving from the side of the Park Pool is permitted only from the south-east deep end. Starting blocks and diving boards are for competitive team use during scheduled practices and competition only. 
  • Instruction by the Lifeguards and Supervisors must be obeyed at all times.

South Pool at the Rehabilitation Center - 1000 Veteran Avenue

South is a warm water exercise pool. The temperature ranges from 86-94 degrees and is beneficial for low intensity strengthening and flexibility programs.

This pool is not a lap pool and is not used for open recreation swim. If you are looking for pool time to do independent exercise, please sign up for any of the Wavemakers sections or the Wavemakers punch card, these are non-instructor led classes specifically for independent exercise.

We offer a wide range of classes, such as Aqua Yoga, Pre/Post Natal, Arthritis H20, Back to Basics, and much more. Warm water exercise is a great way to get a low impact workout while sooting muscles and joints. Many of these classes are ideal for those leaving physical therapy and looking for a place to continue this exercise on their own. Note: These classes are not therapy classes, they are recreational exercise classes. They all take place at the South Pool. For more information, please call 310-825-3671.

To view class descriptions, click here

To view class times and dates, click here

Rec Quarterly:
Our complete Rec Quarterly with all the dates and prices is now online for download or browsing.
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Register for Classes:
The quickest way to browse and register for our classes is online.
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Lockers: 
Day use lockers are available.

Towels:
No towel service available.

Equipment:
Equipment is available for classes.

Facility Rental:
Please view our live schedules and online request system at http://reserve.recreation.ucla.edu.

Directions:
Click here to view the campus map.

Student Activities Center Pool

(310) 206-0443

The Student Activities Center Pool is an eight lane, 33-yard outdoor pool with depths ranging from 4 feet to 12 feet. The moveable bulkhead allows for the pool to be set up for 25-yards or 25 meters. Formerly known as the Men's Gym in the 1930's, the SAC Pool was the home of intercollegiate athletics until the new Spieker Aquatics Center opened in September 2009. It currently plays host to our UCLA Bruin Masters Swimming Club, the Bruin Swim Club, intramurals, and student club teams.

Recreational Swimming Hours:
Monday-Friday: 11:00am-2:00pm

For detailed dates and times, please click here.

Lockers:
Lockers are available for purchase at the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering desk. After receiving a receipt, go to the Student Activity Center front desk where you will be issued a combination lock for a locker.

Towels:
Available for daily checkout at the Student Activity Center front desk.

Facility Rental:
Please view our live schedules and online request system at http://reserve.recreation.ucla.edu.

Directions:
The SAC Pool is located at the south end of the building. Click here to view the campus map.

SAC Pool Use and Safety Rules

  • Swimming is permitted only when an authorized UCLA Lifeguard is on duty.
  • Swimmers should soap shower before swimming.
  • Persons with bandages or open sores will not be permitted in the pool.
  • Swimmers must be dressed in clothing specifically designed for swimming (i.e. no cut off shorts, t-shirts, etc.)
  • NO PROLONGED BREATH HOLDING OR PROLONGED UNDERWATER SWIMMING.
  • Food, drink, and glass objects are prohibited in the pool area and locker room.
  • Open recreation swim is limited to persons 18 years of age or older only.
  • Floatation devices, toys, balls, and other foreign objects are prohibited in the pools. For lap swimming, use of kickboards, hand paddles, pull buoys, masks, fins, snorkels, and swim belts is permissible. These articles must be used for their designed purpose and in assigned lanes only. Please see the lifeguard for assistance. 
  • Circle pattern swimming is required in designated lanes.
  • Hazardous activities are prohibited. Running, dunking, pushing, piggyback rides, flips, and stunt off the side are hazardous activities (as well as others deemed so by the lifeguard on duty).
  • Diving is permitted only at the deep end. Do no dive from the shallow end or the bulkhead.
  • Starting blocks are for competitive team use during scheduled practice and competition only.
  • Swimming underneath the bulkhead is prohibited.
  • Instruction by the lifeguards and/or supervisor on duty must be obeyed at all times.

Adult Classes & Programs

 

Getting Started  |  Rates  |  Registration  |  Schedule


Bruin Masters Swimming Club
Open to all adult swimmers (fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, and non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Within the program, structured workouts from the coaches offer valuable training assistance along with stroke and technique clinics, workshops, and general instruction. Pool and open water races provide opportunities to compete and measure individual progress at the local, state, national, and international levels. This program is designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie.

Club Charter:
Please click here to review the UCLA Bruin Masters Club Charter.

Contact Info:
Erika Stebbins, Head Coach
(310) 386-2712
estebbins@recreation.ucla.edu

Billing:
swimclubs@recreation.ucla.edu

Members:

Getting Started

USMS Registration: You must be registered with the United States Masters Swimming organization if you participate in UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club workouts. The annual membership is mandatory. Click here to sign up online for USMS. UCLA Registration: You must be registered with UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club. Click here to register. 

Rates

Bruin Masters Swim Club Dues are charged monthly. Alternatively, you may pay for the entire year at one time and save 10%. 

Billing Categories

Description

Monthly

Yearly

UCLA Student

Current full-time enrolled UCLA students

$40

$435

UCLA Faculty/Staff w/Rec Card

Is a member of UCLA's faculty or staff and have purchased a Recreation Membership at the John Wooden Center

$60

$650

UCLA Faculty/Staff w/o Rec Card

Is a member of UCLA's faculty or staff and have not purchased a Recreation Membership at the John Wooden Center

$70

$760

UCLA Affiliate w/ Rec Card

Not a part of any of the above categories and have purchased a Recreation Membership at the John Wooden Center.

$70

$760

UCLA Affiliate w/o Rec Card

Not a part of any of the above categories and do not have a Recreation Membership

$75

$810

Schedule

Sun: 

  • 8:00am-9:15am - Park Pool

Mon/Wed/Fri: 

  • 5:45am-6:45am - Dirks Pool; Wed @ Park Pool
  • 6:45am-7:45am - Dirks Pool; Wed @ Park Pool
  • 10:00am-11:00am - Student Activities Center Pool
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm - Student Activities Center Pool

Tue/Thu:

  • 5:45am-7:15am - Dirks Pool
  • 10:00am-11:30am - Student Activities Center Pool
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm - Student Activities Center Pool

Sat: 

  • 7:15am-8:30am - Park Pool or Dirks Pool

Overview:
The Scuba Diving I - Open Water Diver Course is an entry-level training course designed to give you the necessary skills to safely enjoy the sport of scuba diving. The primary focus taught in the course are environmental awareness, breathing underwater, staying warm in the water, buoyancy control through proper-weighting, marine conservation, equipment assembly/disassembly, proper dive planning. The course covers the basic knowledge about scuba equipment, physics and physiology of diving, and the marine environment while training students to perform basic self-help skills underwater. This course is the key to start exploring the innerspace and beauty of destinations around the globe or just in your backyard.

Age and Skill Requirements:
All students MUST be 18 years or older (or a UCLA student). At the first pool session, students will participate in a mandatory skills evaluation to demonstrate comfort level in the water. This will consist of the following:

  • 10 minute tread/float in deep water
  • 200 continuous yard surface swim in any prone position (this is not timed)

Health Requirements:
Upon registration for the course, the student will need to have a RSTC Medical Statement (click here) completed, signed by a physician, and returned before the first pool session.

Equipment Requirements:
Students must provide fins, mask, snorkel, boots, gloves, mesh gear bag, dive knife and required books. These items will be discussed at orientation.

Certification Requirements:

  • 75% on four (4) multiple choice quizzes and one (1) multiple choice final exam 
  • Completion of knowledge reviews associated with each of the five (5) chapters 
  • Mastery of the five (5) confined water sessions and skills before open water dives
  • Mastery of open water skills conducted over four (4) open water dives before certification

Overview:
Exploration, Excitement, Experiences. They’re what the Scuba II - Advanced Open Water Diver Course is all about. And no, you don’t have to be “advanced” to take it – it’s designed so you can go straight into it after the Scuba I - Open Water Diver course. The Advanced Open Water Diver course helps you increase your confidence and build your scuba skills so you can become more comfortable in the water. This is a great way to get more dives under your belt while continuing to learn under the supervision of your Instructor. This course builds on what you’ve learned and develops new capabilities by introducing you to new activities and new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Prerequisites:
All participants MUST currently hold a PADI Open Water Diver certification card (or equivalent). This card must be shown to the instructor on the first day of class for verification into the course.

Age and Skill Requirements:
All students MUST be 18 years or older (or a UCLA student). At the first pool session, students will participate in a mandatory skills evaluation to demonstrate current skills in open water diving.

Health Requirements:
Upon registration for the course, the student will need to have a RSTC Medical Statement (click here) completed, signed by a physician, and returned before the first pool session.

Equipment Requirements:
Students must provide fins, mask, snorkel, boots, gloves, mesh gear bag, dive knife, required books and dive log.

Certification Requirements:

  • Completion of knowledge reviews associated with each of five (5) chapters from above including Deep and Navigation.
  • Mastery of open water skills conducted with five (5) open water dives before certification.

Click here for Youth Swim Lessons

UCLA Recreation offers multiple swim classes throughout the year to meet the needs of all swimmers.  UCLA Recreation believes that most adults acquire swimming skills better in groups. We recommend and encourage group lessons. We also offer 60-minute private lessons by appointment only, to adults whose needs are better met through individual instruction. All pools are handicap accessible.

Programs Offered:

Click here to register for swim classes.


Thank you for your interest in Swim Lessons!

  • UCLA Recreation believes that consistent instruction is beneficial to students and instructors. Therefore, we will make every effort to provide you with a consistent instructor and with the instructor that you request.
  • After purchasing lessons, booking and scheduling Private Instruction Swim Lessons will be directly between the instructor and client.
  • After purchasing your lessons, the instructor will call you within 48 business hours to schedule your first Private Instruction Swim Lesson.
  • If you do not receive a phone call from an instructor within 48 business hours please call (310) 983-3330.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling of private lessons must be made 24 hours in advance. To cancel a private lesson please call your instructor directly or Aquatics Coordinator at (310) 983-3330. If you fail to cancel with-in 24 hours you wil be charged in full for the session.
  • To purchase additional lessons please call or stop by the John Wooden Center at (310) 825-3701.
  • Private Instruction Swim Lessons are offered only as instructor availability and pool space permit during Recreation Swim hours. During the summer months of June through September, Private Instruction is only offered during times when instructional block swim lessons are not offered.

Beginner Swim

This class is designed for those with little or no swimming skills. A goal for this class is to be able to swim a length of the pool (25 yards) and feel comfortable in deep water. Safety skills and the development of basic strokes for distance swimming are stressed. Individuals can enjoy the water while becoming prepared for advanced activities around the water

Pre-requisites: None

Inclement Weather Policy for Outdoor Aquatics Classes

Intermediate Swim Lessons

This class is designed for the well-adjusted swimmer who wants to advance his or her swimming skills. The general goals of this class include advanced proficiency in the basic four strokes - butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and front crawl (freestyle) - and the ability to use water as a medium for recreation and fitness.

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of the Beginning Swim class or the ability to swim any stroke comfortable for 50 yards continuously. Participants will be tested on the first day of class. Participants not meeting the pre-requisites will be directed to the Beginning Swim class if space is available.

Inclement Weather Policy for Outdoor Aquatics Classes

Swim for Fitness

This class offers further training and stroke refinement in the four competitive swimming strokes. Swim conditioning principles and endurance are emphasized. The workout will focus on improving aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. Participants will gain basic knowledge in swim workout structure and continue their own fitness program. If desired, participants can set goals that lead to participation in the Bruin Masters Swim Club.

Pre-requisites: Successful completion of Intermediate swim class or the ability to swim front crawl (freestyle), backstroke, and breaststroke comfortably for 50 yards continuously. Participants will be tested on their first day of class. Participants not meeting the pre-requisites will be directed to the Intermediate or Beginning classes if space is available.

Inclement Weather Policy for Outdoor Aquatics Classes

Private Instruction

Private one-on-one instruction is available for most of our instructional activities, including but not limited to arts, dance, martial arts, sports and aquatics. We also offer semi-private, 2 participant instruction at a reduced rate per person. 

How Private/Semi-Private Instruction Enrollment Works:

1. First you must download and complete a Private Instruction Enrollment Form. The form is also available at the Sales & Cashiering Desk located inside the John Wooden Center. On this form, you will specify your activity, how many hours of instruction you would like, and make the payment.

2. Within the next 3 business days, your application will be processed and the Instructional Programs Unit will contact you via email to put you in touch with an instructor, with whom you can discuss goals and meeting times.

3. Once you have arranged specific times and days to meet with your instructor, and the facility's availability has been confirmed with the Instructional Programs Unit, instruction may begin. This could take up to 10 business days.

When completing the Private Instruction Enrollment Form, please ensure that:

  • The front page is completed entirely.
  • The waiver on the second page has your printed name on the top, and you have signed and dated it twice.
  • The last page of the packet, titled PAR-Q & YOU, is completed entirely

 

Private (and Semi-Private) Instruction Rates:

  • UCLA Student (Undergrad or Graduate): $39/hr for private, $29/hr for semi-private*
  • UCLA Rec Member: $49/hr for private, $39/hr for semi-private*
  • UCLA Affiliates: $59/hr for private, $49/hr for semi-private*

*Semi-private instruction rate is per person.

Note: You cannot purchase additional hours from your instructor (he/she will never ask you for money/payment). Additional hours can be purchased at the Sales & Cashiering Desk, using the Renewal Form.



Frequently Asked Questions:

When can I start my private instruction?
Scheduling your first sessions may take up to 10 business days.

Does my private instruction expire?
All private instruction expires one year from the date of purchase.

How do I add more sessions to my private instruction? 
All you need to do is complete and turn in a Renewal Form.

How does semi-private instruction work?
Semi-private instruction is limited to 2 participants per instructor per hour. Both must fill out separate Private Instruction Enrollment Forms; on the front page there is a line to indicate who the second participant is. 

What if one participant is absent from semi-private instruction?
The class counts toward your total hours even if only one person attends. To schedule a makeup, both need to cancel with the instructor at least 24 hours before the class.

If you have any further questions regarding private instruction, feel free to email us at instruction@recreation.ucla.edu.

 

Elite Coaching

Elite Coaching clients can choose from one of our very talented swim coaches for one-on-one swim coaching sessions.  If you would like to purchase Elite Coaching sessions, please visit the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering desk or if you need more information please call (310) 825-3701.

  • Elite coaching sessions are 55 minutes or 30 minutes in length.
  • Sessions are scheduled with the coach.

Elite Coaching is offered per coaches availability and as pool space permits.  

  • Elite coaching is available to individuals age 5 years and above

  • Available to persons of all swimming ability

  • Individual 55 minute lesson

  • Group 55 minute lesson with 2-4 people


 

Adaptive Private Instruction


  • UCLA offers 60 minute Private Instruction swim lessons to children and adults with special needs
  • Lessons available to individuals age 3 years and above
  • Develop swimming skills and increase water safeness
  • Increase self-awareness and develop comfort in the water
  • Physical, developmental, and behavioral challenged individuals welcome
  • Instructor is specifically trained and experienced in working with individuals with special needs

Water Exercise Training Workouts (WET Workout)
Our water workout classes are drop-in classes that you can attend at your leisure and take place in both deep and shallow water. They are a great low impact way to get a cardiovascular workout and tone your body. All WET Workouts require a Fitness Pass that can be purchased at Sales & Service in the John Wooden Center.

What are the benefits of water aerobics? To read how it helps improve and maintain the five components of fitness, click here.

Warm Water Exercise
We offer a wide range of instructor-led classes, such as Aqua Yoga, Pre/Post Natal, Arthritis H20, and Back to Basics and a non-instructor led pool time called Wavemakers. Warm water exercise is a great way to get a low impact workout while soothing muscles and joints. Many of these classes are ideal for those leaving physical therapy and looking for a place to continue this exercise on their own. (Note: These class are not therapy classes. They are recreational exercise classes.)

We have a Wavemakers Punchcard that gives you the freedom to attend any Wavemakers section on a space available basis.

Classes take place at the South Pool and are scheduled each quarter to include a wide range of opportunities for warm water exercise (temperature 86-94 degrees) and traditional water exercise classes (temperature 78-82 degrees). Equipment is provided for all classes. For more information, please call (310) 825-3671.

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Youth Classes & Programs

 

Bruin Swim Club

The UCLA Bruin Swim Club is designed for children from ages 6 to 17 of all skill levels coached by former UCLA Swimmer, Olympian and World Record Holder Julia Voitovitsch. The Bruin Swim club combines a competitive spirit with training that is developmentally appropriate. Coach Julia regularly evaluates each child's individual level of achievement and works with assistant coaches to ensure that the swimmers are getting the right combination of athletic training, motivational support and having fun!

This program offers year-round workouts at one of the campus pools. There are several groups within Bruin Swim Club: Bruin 1 (Beginners), Bruin II (Advanced Beginners), Bruin III (Intermediate), and Bruin IV or VI (Advanced). All groups practice 4 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) 1-1/2 hour workouts 4:30PM to 6:00PM. Saturday 8:30AM to 10:00AM.  The Bruin VI group has two additional practices on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30PM to 6:00PM.

Philosophy:

  • To learn how to make swimming a lifestyle.
  • By making swimming a lifestyle you learn what it means to be committed and disciplined, how to live and enjoy the moment, and how to set long term goals.
  • We want our kids to have fun while they are working hard. The rewards will come through commitment, hard work and enjoyment of this special sport.

Goals:

  • Swimmers receive excellent technique training in all swimming strokes.
  • Swimmers gain strength and endurance in all swimming strokes.
  • Swimmers learn the language of competitive swimming and interval training and how to pace themselves in long and short meets.
  • Swimmers are encouraged to become self-disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Swimmers participate in a multi-age group club that promotes friendship supporting one another.

Requirements:

These are the basic criteria’s and any modifications will be at coaches’ discretion.

Bruin I Group (Beginners)

  • Swimmers have to be able to swim continuous 50 m freestyle.

Bruin II Group (Advanced Beginners)

  • Swimmers have to be able to swim 8 x 100 Free on 2: 30 ( M) or 2: 20 ( Y)
  • Have the knowledge of the basic four strokes.

Bruin III Group (Intermediate)

  • Swimmers have to be able to swim 8 x 100 Free   on  2:00 sec interval  ( M ) or 1: 50 ( Y)
  • They should  master the techniques  of  all four strokes and have the endurance to hold  1.5 hours workouts.

Bruin IV Group (Advanced)

  • Swimmers  have to be able to swim 8 x 100 Free on 1: 40 sec interval ( M) or 1: 30 (Y)
  • In addition to the time requirements kids have to be coach able and committed to swimming.

Bruin VI Group (Advanced)

  • This group swims 6 times per week

**NOTE: We do not encourage our young swimmers to swim more than 4 times per week until the age of 9 to avoid the overtraining effect at a young age.

For more information please contact Head Coach Julia at jvoitovitsch@recreation.ucla.edu

The New Swimmer Flyer is available here.

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Programs Offered:

Notes:
Please arrive on time to your scheduled lesson. Instructors will only wait 10 minutes for late arrivals. After 10 minutes, the lesson will be determined a "no show" and counted as a used lesson.

Instructors:
UCLA Recreation Swim Instructors are lifeguard or Water Safety Instruction certified and have experience with multi-level instruction. While we strive for instructor continuity we cannot guarantee it.

Make-Up Lessons:
Due to the popularity of our swim programs, UCLA Recreation is unable to make-up lessons missed by participants and will only reschedule in the event of program or instructor error.

Transportation:
Recreation does not transport campers from camp to their swim lesson: Please note that swim programs are separate from summer camp programs, with the exception of Camp Bruin Kids Level A Learn to Swim Program.

Thank you for your interest in Swim Lessons!

  • UCLA Recreation believes that consistent instruction is beneficial to students and instructors. Therefore, we will make every effort to provide you with a consistent instructor and with the instructor that you request.
  • After purchasing lessons, booking and scheduling Private Instruction Swim Lessons will be directly between the instructor and client.
  • After purchasing your lessons, the instructor will call you within 48 business hours to schedule your first Private Instruction Swim Lesson.
  • If you do not receive a phone call from an instructor within 48 business hours please call (310) 983-3330.
  • Cancellation or rescheduling of private lessons must be made 24 hours in advance. To cancel a private lesson please call your instructor directly or Aquatics Coordinator at (310) 983-3330. If you fail to cancel with-in 24 hours you wil be charged in full for the session.
  • To purchase additional lessons please call or stop by the John Wooden Center at (310) 825-3701.
  • Private Instruction Swim Lessons are offered only as instructor availability and pool space permit during Recreation Swim hours. During the summer months of June through September Private Instruction is only offered during times when instructional block swim lessons are not offered.

Your child's success in swimming lessons will be influenced by their physical comfort while in the water and on the pool deck. Pool water temperatures are meant to be conducive to quality instruction. We have made every effort to assure a welcoming and supportive environment.

UCLA Recreation offers swim lessons for participants of all abilities and ages 6 months to adulthood.  UCLA Aquatics offers swim lessons to meet the needs of person of all skill levels. (For more information on Adult Swim Lessons click here.) Swim lessons teach aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach participants to swim and be safe in, on, and around the water. Skills are categorized in the following way:

  • Water entry and exit
  • Breath control and underwater swimming
  • Buoyancy
  • Changing direction and position
  • Treading water
  • Swimming on front, back, and side
  • General and personal water safety
  • Helping others

Please use the following descriptions to help determine appropriate class placements. Instructors reserve the right to change the placement of a participant in order to provide the best possible instructional environment.

Water Babies

Ages 6 - 18 months

This class is for children who have either little or no water experience. Designed to help infants or toddlers become comfortable in and around the water with a parent or guardian. This class teaches parents or guardians techniques to help orient their child to water activities in a safe manner. This class is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.

Location
South Pool, a warm water indoor exercise pool located at the Rehabilitation Building (1000 Veteran Avenue, Room A2-07).

Schedule

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Youth Swim Lessons Registration Form

For refund or transfer info, click here.

*No swim lessons on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends and Thursday, July 4th. Fees are prorated only for these weeks.

Swimming for Two

Ages 18 months - 3 years

This class is designed to help toddlers become comfortable in and around the water with a parent or guardian. This class teaches parents or guardians techniques to help orient their children to water activities in a safe manner and learn basic swimming skills such as kicking, floating, and underwater exploration. This is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.

Location
South Pool, a warm water indoor exercise pool located at the Rehabilitation Building (1000 Veteran Avenue, Room A2-07).

Schedule

Summer Camps 2016 Brochure

Register

Youth Swim Lessons Registration Form

For refund or transfer info, click here.

*No swim lessons on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends and Thursday, July 4th. Fees are prorated only for these weeks.

Kids Conquer the Water

Ages 3 - 5 years

This class is for children who submerge in the water reluctantly, not at all, or require flotation support at all times. Designed to help children become independent in the water, this class gives parents tools to help children learn basic swimming skills such as kicking, floating, and underwater exploration.

Location
South Pool, a warm water indoor exercise pool located at the Rehabilitation Building (1000 Veteran Avenue, Room A2-07).

Family Pool, an outdoor 25-yard pool with a shallow leisure area and adjacent deep water diving well at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Use of this pool is first and foremost for children and students.

Schedule

Summer Camps 2016 Brochure

Register

Youth Swim Lessons Registration Form

For refund or transfer info, click here.

*No swim lessons on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends and Thursday, July 4th. Fees are prorated only for these weeks.

Group Swim Lessons

Ages 5 - 12 years

Group Lessons are available Sundays for children ages 5 - 12 at all skill levels. Swimmers will be grouped according to ability. New and continuing swimmers are welcome. Located in the Family Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center.

Location
Family Pool, an outdoor 25-yard pool with a shallow leisure area and adjacent deep water diving well at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Use of this pool is first and foremost for children and students.

Schedule

Summer Camps 2016 Brochure

Register

Youth Swim Lessons Registration Form

For refund or transfer info, click here.

*No swim lessons on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends and Thursday, July 4th. Fees are prorated only for these weeks.

Weekend Private or Semi-Private

Ages 3 to 12 years

Private and Semi-Private Lessons are available weekdays and Saturdays. Semi-private lessons are limited to two children per lesson and must be signed up with a partner. UCLA Recreation does not pair students for semi-private lessons.

Location
Family Pool, an outdoor 25-yard pool with a shallow leisure area and adjacent deep water diving well at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Use of this pool is first and foremost for children and students.

Schedule

Summer Camps 2016 Brochure

Register

Youth Swim Lessons Registration Form

For refund or transfer info, click here.

*No swim lessons on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends and Thursday, July 4th. Fees are prorated only for these weeks.

Weekday Private or Semi-Private

Ages 5 to 12 years

Private and Semi-Private Lessons are available weekdays and Saturdays. Semi-private lessons are limited to two children per lesson and must be signed up with a partner. UCLA Recreation does not pair students for semi-private lessons.

Location
Family Pool, an outdoor 25-yard pool with a shallow leisure area and adjacent deep water diving well at the Sunset Canyon Recreation Center. Use of this pool is first and foremost for children and students.

Schedule

Summer Camps 2016 Brochure

Register

Youth Swim Lessons Registration Form

For refund or transfer info, click here.

*No swim lessons on Memorial Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving holiday weekends and Thursday, July 4th. Fees are prorated only for these weeks.

Private Instruction

Private Instruction clients will be matched with an instructor that best meets the needs of the individual. If you would like to purchase Private Instruction or if you need more information please call (310) 825-3701.

  • All private lessons are 60 minutes in length.
  • Lessons can be purchased at the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering Desk or by calling (310) 825-3701.

Private Instruction is offered only as instructor availability and pool space permits during Recreational Swim hours. During the summer months of June through September, Private Instruction is only offered during times when instructional block swim lessons are not offered.

  • Lessons available to individuals age 3 years and above
  • Available to persons of all swimming ability

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Elite Coaching

Elite Coaching clients can choose from one of our very talented swim coaches for one-on-one swim coaching sessions.  If you would like to purchase Elite Coaching sessions, please visit the John Wooden Center Sales & Cashiering desk or if you need more information please call (310) 825-3701.

  • Elite coaching sessions are 55 minutes or 30 minutes in length.
  • Sessions are scheduled with the coach.

Elite Coaching is offered per coaches availability and as pool space permits.  

  • Elite coaching is available to individuals age 5 years and above

  • Available to persons of all swimming ability

  • Individual 55 minute lesson

  • Group 55 minute lesson with 2-4 people

Adaptive Private Instruction
  • UCLA offers 60 minute Private Instruction swim lessons to children and adults with special needs
  • Lessons available to individuals age 3 years and above
  • Develop swimming skills and increase water safeness
  • Increase self-awareness and develop comfort in the water
  • Physical, developmental, and behavioral challenged individuals welcome
  • Instructor is specifically trained and experienced in working with individuals with special needs

Bruin Masters Swimming

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Open to all adult swimmers (fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, and non-competitive) who are dedicated to improving their fitness through swimming. Within the program, structured workouts from the coaches offer valuable training assistance along with stroke and technique clinics, workshops, and general instruction. Pool and open water races provide opportunities to compete and measure individual progress at the local, state, national, and international levels. This program is designed to help swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie.

Club Charter:
Please click here to review the UCLA Bruin Masters Club Charter.

Contact Info:
Erika Stebbins, Head Coach
(310) 386-2712
estebbins@recreation.ucla.edu

Billing:
swimclubs@recreation.ucla.edu

Getting Started

USMS Registration: You must be registered with the United States Masters Swimming organization if you participate in UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club workouts. The annual membership is mandatory. Click here to sign up online for USMS. UCLA Registration: You must be registered with UCLA Bruin Masters Swim Club.

Rates

Bruin Masters Swim Club Dues are charged monthly. Alternatively, you may pay for the entire year at one time and save 10%. 

Billing Categories Description Monthly Yearly
UCLA Student Current full-time enrolled UCLA students $40 $435
UCLA Faculty/Staff w/Rec Card Is a member of UCLA's faculty or staff and have purchased a Recreation Membership at the John Wooden Center $60 $650
UCLA Faculty/Staff w/o Rec Card Is a member of UCLA's faculty or staff and have not purchased a Recreation Membership at the John Wooden Center $70 $760
UCLA Affiliate w/ Rec Card Not a part of any of the above categories and have purchased a Recreation Membership at the John Wooden Center. $70 $760
UCLA Affiliate w/o Rec Card Not a part of any of the above categories and do not have a Recreation Membership $75 $810

Schedule

Sun: 

  • 8:00am-9:15am - Park Pool

Mon/Wed/Fri: 

  • 5:45am-6:45am - Park Pool
  • 6:45am-7:45am - Park Pool
  • 10:00am-11:00am - Student Activities Center Pool
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm - Student Activities Center Pool

Tue/Thu:

  • 5:45am-7:15am - Park Pool
  • 10:00am-11:30am - Student Activities Center Pool
  • 6:00pm-7:30pm - Student Activities Center Pool

Sat: 

  • 7:15am-8:30am - Park Pool or Dirks Pool

Bruin Swim Club

Bruin Swim Club

The UCLA Bruin Swim Club is designed for children from ages 6 to 17 of all skill levels coached by former UCLA Swimmer, Olympian and World Record Holder Julia Voitovitsch. The Bruin Swim club combines a competitive spirit with training that is developmentally appropriate. Coach Julia regularly evaluates each child's individual level of achievement and works with assistant coaches to ensure that the swimmers are getting the right combination of athletic training, motivational support and having fun!

This program offers year-round workouts at one of the campus pools. There are several groups within Bruin Swim Club: Bruin 1 (Beginners), Bruin II (Advanced Beginners), Bruin III (Intermediate), and Bruin IV or VI (Advanced). All groups practice 4 times a week (Mon, Wed, Fri) 1-1/2 hour workouts 4:30PM to 6:00PM. Saturday 8:30AM to 10:00AM.  The Bruin VI group has two additional practices on Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30PM to 6:00PM.

Philosophy:

  • To learn how to make swimming a lifestyle.
  • By making swimming a lifestyle you learn what it means to be committed and disciplined, how to live and enjoy the moment, and how to set long term goals.
  • We want our kids to have fun while they are working hard. The rewards will come through commitment, hard work and enjoyment of this special sport.

Goals:

  • Swimmers receive excellent technique training in all swimming strokes.
  • Swimmers gain strength and endurance in all swimming strokes.
  • Swimmers learn the language of competitive swimming and interval training and how to pace themselves in long and short meets.
  • Swimmers are encouraged to become self-disciplined and self-motivated.
  • Swimmers participate in a multi-age group club that promotes friendship supporting one another.

Requirements:

These are the basic criteria’s and any modifications will be at coaches’ discretion.

Bruin I Group (Beginners)

  • Swimmers have to be able to swim continuous 50 m freestyle.

Bruin II Group (Advanced Beginners)

  • Swimmers have to be able to swim 8 x 100 Free on 2: 30 ( M) or 2: 20 ( Y)
  • Have the knowledge of the basic four strokes.

Bruin III Group (Intermediate)

  • Swimmers have to be able to swim 8 x 100 Free   on  2:00 sec interval  ( M ) or 1: 50 ( Y)
  • They should  master the techniques  of  all four strokes and have the endurance to hold  1.5 hours workouts.

Bruin IV Group (Advanced)

  • Swimmers  have to be able to swim 8 x 100 Free on 1: 40 sec interval ( M) or 1: 30 (Y)
  • In addition to the time requirements kids have to be coach able and committed to swimming.

Bruin VI Group (Advanced)

  • This group swims 6 times per week

**NOTE: We do not encourage our young swimmers to swim more than 4 times per week until the age of 9 to avoid the overtraining effect at a young age.

For more information please contact Head Coach Julia at jvoitovitsch@recreation.ucla.edu

The New Swimmer Flyer is available here.

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Summer Lifeguard School

UCLA Summer Lifeguard School

Looking for a summer job? UCLA Recreation is looking for highly motivated individuals to participate in our lifeguard school, taking place in Summer 2016.

 

Throughout the Lifeguard school, participants will have the opportunity to obtain the following certifications: Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, First Aid, First Aid for Public Safety Personnel (Title 22), and Administering Emergency Oxygen.

 

The lifeguard school will also offer UCLA/OHSA Blood borne Pathogens training and swimming skills sessions.

 

Participants enrolled in the class will receive an American Red Cross certificate for each examination they pass. Upon successful completion of all requirements, participants will receive a UCLA Lifeguard School Graduation Certificate and a job with UCLA Recreation.

 

The UCLA Lifeguard School is being offered at a promotional price of $30 (a $220 savings). This promotion may not be offered again, so take advantage of this one time deal.

 

Class Dates:

9:00am-6:00pm - June 11-15, 2016

Hiring Session Friday June 17th at Noon.

Orientation Saturday June 19th 9am-3pm.

First Day of Work: After Monday, June 20th, as available.

 

Register online here and search for "Lifeguard School"

Safety Classes

UCLA Recreation offers American Red Cross courses on safety and prevention. We provide individuals or groups with the skills to care for injuries and emergencies until more advanced medical care arrives. All of our instructors are certified through the American Red Cross. Courses include:

  • CPR for the Community (Adult/Child/Infant)
  • CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer
  • AED Training
  • Basic First Aid
  • Lifeguarding
  • Water Safety Instructor
  • Lifeguard Instructor

Full courses are offered for those receiving the certification for the first time or those that have let their certification expire beyond 12 months.

Challenge courses provide testing for participants who wish to be recertified in one of the courses offered. Participants must successfully complete all of the skills tests and pass the written test(s) with a minimum score of 80 percent. A participant who does not pass the challenge will be referred back to the appropriate course.

Register for Classes:
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Swim Calendar

For the current Swim Calendar, click here or call (310) 825-3671.

Park Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
Open to ages 14+.

Family Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult, ages 18+. Children under 48" must be with an adult in the water.

Student Activities Center Pool
Open to ages 18+. Lap swimming only. Closed holidays.

North Pool at Kaufman Hall
Closed holidays.

 

Inclement Weather Policy

Inclement Weather Policy

All outdoor aquatics classes including swim lessons and water exercise classes will be cancelled immediately in the event of inclement weather. Inclement weather is defined as such:

  • Moderate to heavy rain, thunder, or lightning which occurs during a class.
  • Moderate to heavy rain, thunder, or lighting which occurs one hour or less before a class. (We make cancelation decisions one hour before class’s scheduled start time in order to provide the participant and staff adequate time to adjust their schedules as needed).

Note: A class will remain cancelled even if the weather clears up during or in time for the class.

This policy is in place in part to protect instructor and participant safety. Every effort will be made to offer a make-up class, time and space permitting.