Simpkins Family Swim Center

979 17th Avenue Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(831) 454-7960

Whether you’re looking for a place to swim laps, take a class, or just swim for fun, we have you covered. Simpkins Family Swim Center is an outdoor community aquatics complex with a 50-meter pool, 150-foot water slide, a warm water zero depth entry pool, and a spray zone play area!
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Facilities at Simpkins Family Swim Center

Find out about the pools and amenities available at the swim center!
Scroll down to view more information for other aquatics programs, and monthly Adult Fitness and Water Aerobics schedules. 

Beginning Sunday, November 7 2021 the Swim Center's Sunday hours will be 9am-1pm.

 Please click here for Thanksgiving Week modified Hours- Pools will be closed all day 11/24 and 11/25. 

Please follow links for current pool schedule(s) for all open hours 

Facility Hours & Information

Monday-Friday 6:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturdays    9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sundays    9:00 AM - 1:00PM 
979 17th Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062

Front Desk: 454-7960

Simpkins Family Swim Center is connected to the Live Oak Community Center which contains the County Parks, Open Space, and Cultural Services Department and community meeting rooms. Free parking is available as well as EV charging stations, bike racks and bike lockers.

Pool Details

50-meter lap swim pool

  • 17 lanes, 25 yards in length.
  • 78°F pool temperature.
  • Pool depth is 3.5 to 8 feet deep.
  • 4 of the 17 lap swim lanes are 3.5 to 4 feet deep.

Warm water pool

  • 18 x 10 yards in size.
  • 88°F pool temperature.
  • Zero depth entry with a ramp, slopes to a depth of 4 feet.
Swim Center Details

More Features

  • 150 ft water slide with a small landing pool.
  • Spray zone.
  • Picnic tables in seperate food court area with grass
  • Reservable covered picnic area.
  • Sunny deck space & lounge chairs
  • Indoor front desk, locker rooms & restrooms.
Amenities & Lifeguards

Amenities include locker rooms, bathrooms, ADA-accessible hot showers, lockers (bring your own lock), and swimsuit spinners. Pull buoys and kickboards are available for shared use. No towel service is available. Certified lifeguards are on duty during all open hours and scheduled events. 


A water wheel chair is available at the swim center. Each pool has stationary, ADA compliant lifts plus a mobile lift for entry into the pools. An additional gender-inclusive bathroom is available with an ADA shower, changing bed, locker, and toilet.
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Programs at Simpkins Family Swim Center

A variety of aquatics programming is offered at Simpkins Family Swim Center. See descriptions & explore some of our programs below!

Please note not all aquatics programming is offered year-round. Please visit or contact us for the most current information.

Lap Swim

Simpkins Family Swim Center offers year-round lap swimming in the outdoor 50-meter pool. The 50-meter pool is set up with 17 lanes that are each 25 yards in length ("short course").  The lap pool temperature is maintained at 78°F year-round, but may vary with warmer weather. The water depth varies from three and a half to eight feet deep. Four of the 17 lanes are "shallow lanes" with depth between 3.5-4.5 feet deep.  

Recreation & Open Swim

Simpkins Family Swim Center offers both recreation and open swim times year-round in the Warm Water Pool. Open swim times allow for unstructured use of our warm water pool, and are perfect for families looking to bring children to swim as well as adults looking to exercise, relax, or participate in self-guided water therapy. Recreation Swim times are ideal for folks of all ages looking to enjoy some fun in the pool. Rec Swim includes the Warm Water Pool and Splash/Spray zone year-round, and expands to include portions of the 50m pool and waterslide during the Spring and Summer months.

Swim Lessons

Simpkins Family Swim Center offers year-round group, private, and semi-private swim lessons for students of all ages and abilities! Staff & private instructors work with each student to personalize lessons and develop proper swim technique!

Aquatics Camps

Simpkins Family Swim Centers offers many opportunities for kids ages 5 to 16 to participate in a variety of aquatic camps including Junior Lifeguards and Little Guards! Our goal is to provide programming that is safe, high-quality, and FUN!

Aquatic Fitness

Interested in taking a class, developing your swim technique, drop-in water polo or exploring new aquatic activities? Simpkins Family Swim Center offers various programs for swimmers of all ages and abilities!

Adult Fitness (Coached Lap Swim/Masters)

Participate in an organized lap swim workout aimed at increasing muscular strength, aerobic endurance, stroke technique and build overall fitness! Qualified coaches offer in-depth analysis and feedback on your stroke and help direct you to a lane with swimmers of similar ability and experience. Workouts are scheduled to be 90 minutes long, but may be modified based on your experience and fitness goals!

Water Aerobics

Water aerobics classes provide high intensity workouts and are an excellent way to meet your fitness goals with less impact on your joints! Classes are designed to appeal to all levels of ability including prenatal, seniors, and rehabilitation or cross-training enthusiasts.

Drop-in Co-ed Adult Water Polo

Join other adult water polo players for pick-up games at Simpkins Family Swim Center! To participate, you must be a USA Water Polo member. Use your Simpkins Family Swim Center pass or pay cash for admission to the pool.

Pool Parties & Rentals

Whether you’re looking to book a private pool party for a child's birthday or to celebrate with family, we have you covered. Simpkins Family Swim Center is available for your special use! You can reserve a portion, or all of the swim center pools for exclusive use!

Lifeguard Training

The Red Cross Lifeguarding course provides entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide professional-level care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until more advanced personnel take over. Participants will receive 2-year certification in (pool-only) Lifeguarding, First Aid, CPR/AED for professional rescuers.

Employment at Simpkins Family Swim Center

Join our team of certified Lifeguards and Head Lifeguards!

Contact Us


(831) 454-7960

Monday – Friday 6:00 AM to 7:45 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited.