Aquatics Programs

People swimming at Mayfair Pool

Lakewood Aquatics

The City of Lakewood typically operates two public swimming pools and six wading pools throughout the summer season. 

The season typically begins in late May, with pre-summer swim lessons and recreation swim starting Memorial Weekend.

Check the current schedule and deadlines in the interactive recreation catalog.

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Swim Lessons

Lakewood swim classes coincide with the Red Cross Certified Swim Classes and offer instruction in these categories:

  • Youth: For infant/preschool children ages 6 months to 5 years, and Levels 1-6 for ages 6-15 years
  • Adaptive: Introduction to water and swimming lessons for those with special needs (ages 3-17), such as hearing or visual impairment, developmental disabilities and special physical needs.
  • Semi-private swim lessons: Maximum three students per class. Limited time slots scheduled.
  • Private swim lessons: One instructor and one student. Offered on Saturdays at McCormick Pool (5 classes of 20 minutes instruction) and during post-summer at Mayfair Pool (8 classes of 20-minute instruction).
  • Adult: For ages 16 and older. Four one-hour lessons are typically offered for a two-week session.

Pool Rules

  • Come ready to swim in your swimsuit.
  • Unaccompanied swimmers are required to be at least 48 inches tall or have a valid Minnow (Level 4) Red Cross swimming card. Youngsters not meeting this requirement must be accompanied in the pool area by an adult (18 years or older) on a one-to-one basis.
  • Swim diapers must be worn by all children four years and younger and are available for purchase at the pool.
  • Approved swimsuits are required. No cut off pants, leotards, sweats, baseball shorts or shirts are allowed (rash guards only). Suits and towels are not provided.
  • Only those in proper swimwear may remain on the pool deck. All others must stay on the grass area.
  • Swimmers with long hair must tie their hair in a ponytail.
  • No toys, inflatables, water wings or life jackets (except Coast Guard-approved) allowed in the pool.
  • As part of ongoing training, City of Lakewood pool personnel may participate in emergency drills during recreational swimming, lap swim, swim lessons and rentals.
  • Minimum enrollment required for each class.
  • Each session includes 9 days of instruction and 1 fun day. Students may be moved to the most developmentally appropriate level.
  • Classes are subject to cancellation and class schedule is subject to change.

Recreation Swim at Mayfair Pool

Recreation Swim session days and times will be in the current catalog.

Sessions are offered daily (Monday through Sunday):

  • 1 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 2:45 - 4:15 p.m.

The cost for residents is $1.00 for kids and $1.50 for adults.

The cost for non-residents is $2.00 for kids and $3.00 for adults.

Recreation Swim at McCormick Pool

McCormick Pool (at Bolivar Park) will be operated jointly this summer by the City of Lakewood and the Lakewood Family YMCA.

Starting Monday, June 6, Lakewood residents can enjoy recreation swims at McCormick Monday through Friday.

Weekend recreation swims will start Saturday, June 18.

The cost for residents is $1.00 for kids and $1.50 for adults.

The cost for non-residents is $2.00 for kids and $3.00 for adults.

Recreation Swim session days and times will be listed in the summer catalog, or call City Hall at 562-866-9771, extension 2408.

Wading Pools

Wading pools are free and are typically open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., for youngsters ages 3-7, from mid June to early September.

Open daily:

  • Mayfair
  • Palms – Handicapped accessible

Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • Del Valle
  • San Martin

Open Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday:

  • Bloomfield
  • Mae Boyar

Wading Pool Wednesdays

The wading pools at Del Valle, Mayfair, Palms and San Martin parks are typically open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from late June to late August.

Wading pools are usually open on the weekends from late May to late September between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.