Enjoy a wide range of aquatic programs to help you get in shape, save lives, up your swim skills, or simply have fun. Rec Sports offers swim lessons for all levels, as well as the Cal Aquatic Masters swim team for those looking for a little extra challenge. Looking to use your skills to help others? Earn your Red Cross Lifeguard Training certifications all in one place.
Spieker Pool and Golden Bear Pool are open to UC Berkeley students and faculty and staff only.
Lap swimmers and aquacizers (no instructor) must have a pool lane reservation to swim at Spieker Pool and Golden Bear Pool. Reservations are available three (3) days in advance. No drop-in allowed. Accessible pool options are available at Spieker Pool. Return to Rec membership is required for Faculty/Staff access. Currently enrolled UC Berkeley undergraduate and graduate students do not need to purchase an additional membership to access Rec Sports facilities and services (prices are included in student registration fees). Read more about our current offerings for students.
Virtual Swim Club
Welcome to the Berkeley Rec Sports Virtual Swim Club. Be part of a swimming community, all striving to motivate themselves and support each other in their shared love of the water. Join us and swim wherever you are – your local pool, out in the open water, in a lake, your favorite beach. Whether you’ve just learned to swim or are a competitive swimmer pushing to beat your PB, check-in to the Swim Club on the Strava app and share your favorite swimming spot, record your distance, receive training tips, and join fun challenges.
Additional Resources & Workouts
- Dryland workouts and essential stretches for swimmers from United States Masters Swimming (USMS). See additional USMS member resources available during COVID-19.
- Home workout routines from Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) – the governing body responsible for international and Olympic rules, competitions and world record oversight.
- At-home swim training from SwimSwam, a swimming news organization covering competitive swimming along with diving, water polo and synchronized swimming.