April 1, 2:00 to 5:00 PM  

Swim for free on 4/1 when you register for any summer youth program or activity between 3/25 and 4/1! Also FREE on April 1: swim lesson assessments, treading water clinic for kids! Come get ready for summer! 



Free Community Swim Days

July 4, 12-4 PM &
September 2, 12-4 PM

The Simpkins Family and the Santa Cruz County Parks Dept. are co-sponsoring two fun FREE swim days, July 4 and Labor Day, which will include the water slide,  climbing wall, Wibit inflatable play apparatus, floating on inner tubes, the Warm-water Pool, 50-meter Pool, and spray zone.  Free swim days are very popular, with over 800 attending last year. Get here early! First-come, first-served! 



National Learn to Swim Day

May 18, 10 AM - 12:30 PM

Aimed at raising awareness about the importance of water safety and children learning to swim - an essential life skill. Swim center staff will be offering FREE swim lessons from 10AM-12:30PM. Advanced registration is required to participate; sign up at www.scparks.com, or call (831) 454-7953.


Monday, May 27, 1 - 4 PM

Bring your family and friends for an afternoon of swimming, games, food, and music! The water slide, aqua climb wall, deep-end inner tubes, and Wibit inflatable will all be available. This event is rain or shine, and regular admission fees apply. Check HERE for the schedule of activities and admission information.

FREE Community Swim Day for July is Parks Make Life Better Month

Sunday, July 21

To celebrate National Parks and Recreation Month, we’ve made ALL drop-in activities FREE on Sunday, July 21st. This includes drop-in Lap Swim, Recreation Swim, Water Aerobics, and Adult Fitness!


5th Annual

August 24, 12-4 PM
Please click HERE for more information.







22nd Annual Superkid Triathlon
Sunday, September 15

This popular event gives children the opportunity to be triathletes with a swim, bike, and run course, real transition area, body makings, and awards for all participants.  For more information or to register, please visit http://finishlineproduction.com/events/triathlon/SuperKid/SuperKid.html.




Sunday, October 20, 1 - 4 PM

We’re putting a fun spin on the tradition of pumpkin picking by creating a patch in the pool just for you! In addition to pumpkins, we've got plenty of other fun activities planned for the day, including games, prizes, music, popcorn, and pumpkin decorating, and the waterslide will be open! Costumes are encouraged!  Bring your suit and towel, your friends and family, and make a day of it!  This is a drop-in, rain or shine event; pre-registration is not required. Don't miss this fun fall family event at the Swim Center!  Check HERE for the 2018 flyer



Polar Plunge Event 

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Take the plunge with us on New Year’s Day to raise money for swim scholarships! Participants will collect pledges for how many times they can ride the unheated waterslide! Prizes awarded to the most money raised by a team and an individual. This is a rain or shine event.  For more information call 454-7960 or check back in December 2019.



Santa Cruz County Department of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services
979 17th Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062
General Information (Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
Phone: (831) 454-7901PRCweb@santacruzcounty.us