Aquatics: Swim Instruction, Pools, Centers & Parks

In addition to an abundance of lakes, streams, rivers, creeks and ponds, the North State is home to numerous aquatic facilities and programs that can help your family keep cool this summer. Also see Sports: Swim Teams.


Beyond Fitness; Paradise. Offers year-round swim lessons & aqua classes for ages infants-adults in indoor & outdoor pools. There are private or group lessons with no more than four in a group. Two locations: 6854 Pentz Rd. (530) 872-2232 & 7224 Skyway,
(530) 877-7500.

Chico MiniJets. MiniJets is a fun year round program for swimmers ages 4-8. Group instruction is offered for swimmers learning & preparing to be on the AquaJets. It is an instructive, fun introduction to the swim team.

Chico Area Recreation & Park District (CARD). Offers small group & private swim lessons for ages 6mos-adult. 545 Vallombrosa Ave. (530) 895-4711.

Chico Sports Club. Offers swim lessons for all ages & levels. Aqua classes & access to two pools open year-round. 260 Cohasset Rd., Ste. 190. (530) 345-9427.

Dwight Brinson Swim Center; Durham. Offers group & private summer swim lessons for a variety of levels. Parent-Tot classes for ages 6mos-3yrs. Summer open swim: Mon-Fri 1-4:30pm & Sat-Sun 1-5pm. Tues/Thurs/Sat evening swims 7-9pm. $2/person admission, family passes available. 9451 Midway. (530) 345-1921.

Feather River Recreation & Park District; Oroville/Palermo. Swim lessons, recreational swim, family swim & pool parties are available at both Nelson Pool (Oroville) & Palermo pool. Both locations offers group & private swim lessons for ages 6mos-17yrs & Parent-Tot classes. 1875 Feather River Blvd. (Nelson Pool) & 2350 Ludlum Ave. (Palermo Pool). (530) 533-2011.

Forebay Aquatic Center; Oroville. Swim in a beautiful outdoor setting, or rent kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddle boards, hydro bikes or pedal boats. Learn to row, sail, windsurf or kayak; take a moonlight paddle tour. Offers youth aquatic camps, outdoor education & birthday parties/special events bookings. 930 Garden Dr. (530) 774-7934.

In Motion Fitness; Chico. Offers open swims & swim lessons year-round for all ages. Three outdoor pools include an 8-lane lap pool & splash pool for little ones. 1293 E. First Ave. (530) 343-5678.

North Valley Swim School; Chico. Offers year-round swim programs for ages 6mos-adults, & lessons for infants & toddlers. Small group or private lessons available. 1293 E. First Ave. (In Motion Fitness). (530) 345-6707.

NS Fitness; Chico. Offers year-round open swims in an outdoor heated pool. Day rate is $10 for non-members. Mon-Fri 4:30am-11pm; Sat 6am-10pm; Sun 7am-10pm. 1026 Skyway. (530) 898-8348.

Oroville YMCA Pool. Year-round heated outdoor pool & offers seasonal swim lessons for all ages. Open swim, lap swim, water exercise & lifeguard certification course. 1684 Robinson St. (530) 533-9622.

Palermo Pool. Offers recreational swims & private or small group lessons for ages 6mos & up. Mon-Sat 1-4pm. $3/person, punch cards & family swim cards available. Pool rental for parties & events. 2350 Ludlum Ave. (530) 533-2011.

Paradise Recreation Center Pool. Offers swim lessons for ages 6mos-14yrs & recreational open swim during the summer: Mon-Fri 1:15-3:50pm & Sat-Sun 1:15-4:50pm. Private & adult classes, lifeguard classes & pool rental. 5600 Recreation Dr. (530) 872-6393.

Pleasant Valley Pool; Chico. Offers private & small group swim lessons for ages 6mos-17yrs. Summertime recreational & family swim hours. 2320 North Ave. (530) 895-4711 or (530) 895-4703.

Sycamore Pool; Chico. A unique cemented outdoor pool on Bidwell Creek, created by a dam. Lifeguards on duty Fri-Wed 12pm-7pm. Located in Bidwell Park’s One-Mile Area. (530) 895-4711.

Water Sprites Swim School; Chico. Offers year-round swim lessons for ages 2mos & up, in a dedicated indoor swim facility that’s open daily. Small class sizes & comfortable parent viewing area. 2280 Ivy St., Ste. 110. (530) 342-2999.


Orland City Pool. Offers group & private swim lessons (space is limited for private lessons). Public swim is Mon-Sat 1-5pm & Tues/Thurs 7:30pm-9pm. Pool is available to rent for private events. 120 Roosevelt Ave. (530) 865-1630 or (530) 865-1631.

Willows City Pool. Offers swim lessons for all levels. Public swim is Mon-Sat 1:10pm-4:50pm & Wed night 6:10pm-7:50pm. 815 W. Laurel St. (530) 934-9922.


Anderson High School Pool. Swim lessons for infants & up are offered through the City of Anderson Parks & Recreation department. Public swim, family pass & season passes available. 1471 Ferry St. (530) 378-6656.

Redding Aquatic Center. Offers swim lessons for ages 6mos & up. An Olympic-sized pool & an activity pool allow a full aquatics program from preschool swim lessons to lap swimming with public & family swim hours. Open swim & a wide variety of family-fun aquatic events are offered throughout the summer. 44 Quartz Hill Rd. (530) 245-7248.

Shasta Athletic Club; Redding. Offers year-round open swims in an indoor-outdoor pool (heated in the winter). Also offers exercise classes, reserved swim & instruction. 1988 Park Marina Dr. (530) 241-7711.

Shasta Family YMCA; Redding. Heated outdoor & indoor pool. Offers year-round group & private instruction for ages 6mos & up. Offers water aerobics, lifeguard & safety training, open swim & lap swim. Non-members can get a day pass for $10 or a week pass for $25. 1155 N. Court St. (530) 246-9622.

Swim America; Redding. The Redding Swim team offers Swim America swim lessons for ages 6mos & up. All levels are welcome & we also do a Mommy & Me class. 2500 Eureka Way. (Shasta High School pool). (530) 246-2666.

SOAR–Sun Oaks Aquatics Redding. Features a year-round 8-lane indoor pool, an outdoor 3-lane, 25-yard seasonal recreation pool & a toddler pool (these can only be accessed by members & members’ guests). Swim lessons for all levels from infant up are for non-members as well. 3452 Argyle Rd. (530) 221-4405.

WaterWorks Park; Redding. Offers pools, waterslides & a popular toddler area. Includes features like “The Avalanche,” “Raging River” & “Cyclone.” Less adventuresome personalities or those just wanting to relax may enjoy the “Lazy Lagoon.” One day passes, season passes & group discounts available. Open seasonally. 151 N. Boulder Dr. (530) 246-9550.


Dotty Olson Community Pool; Etna. Offers open swim Mon-Fri 1-5pm, mid-Jun to mid-Aug. Group & private lessons are available. 401 Howell Ave. (530) 467-5232.

Dunsmuir Community Pool. Offers summertime open swims Mon-Sat 1-5pm & Tue/Thurs evening swims. Group & private swim lessons are offered for ages 3 & up. Mommy & Me classes offered. 4841 Dunsmuir Ave. (530) 235-4740 or (530) 235-2339.

Mountain Fitness; Mt. Shasta. Open swims available on a drop-in basis for members & non-members. Daily pass $10/adults & $5/kids. 633 Lassen Ln. (530) 926-6010.

Weed Community Pool. Offers lessons from late June through mid-Aug for ages 3 & up, as well as recreational open swim times. Features a toddler wading pool & 25-meter, 6-lane pool. 450 College Ave.
(530) 938-4701 or (530) 926-2494.


Teddy Pohler Memorial Pool; Corning. Offers summer swim lessons, adult lap swim & water aerobics. Open swim Mon-Fri 1-5pm & Sat 10am-5pm, plus night swims Tue/Thurs 6:30-9:30pm. 1414 Colusa St. (530) 824-7062 or (530) 824-7029.

McGlynn Pool; Red Bluff. Offers group & private lessons for all ages as well as Parent & Me classes. Pool rental for private events. Public swims are Mon-Sat 1-4:30pm & Fri 6:30pm-8pm. 119 Sycamore St. (530) 527-8181 or
(530) 527-7211.

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Updated: Jul 17, 2017 @ 1:13 pm