Aquatics & Pools

Martin Luther King Jr Swimming Pool

Get active! Whether you’re looking to swim a few laps, do water aerobics, or get a little more extreme and conquer the waterslides at Hamilton, make one of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s beautiful pools your destination.

2015-16 Pool Closure schedule

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North Beach Pool Adding Lap Swim Till January 7th, 2016

Hello Please make note that North Beach Pool will slightly change their schedule to add an additional lap swim Tuesdays through Fridays . This will Start December 8th, 2015 to January 7th 2016. Changes: Dates: December 8th, 2015 to January 7th, 2016 Times & Program Change: Tuesday through Friday will now have … Continue reading

All San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools Will Be Closed Nov 26 and 27th

Please make note that all San Francisco Recreation & Parks city pools will be closed November 26th Thursday and November 27th Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal scheduling of all pools will assume on Saturday November 28th. Happy Holiday!

Garfield Pool Closure (Nov 16 to Dec 12)

*UPDATE (12/11/15) – Garfield will re-open on time Saturday December 12th, 2015. Please make note Garfield Pool will be closed for maintenance from November 16th to December 12, 2015.

All Pools & Facilities will be Closed Veterans Day November 11th

All the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools & facilities will be closed on Veterans day November 11th & will re-open Thursday November 12th.  

You’re Participation is Needed for the Upcoming Garfield Pool Improvements

Thanks to those who voted in favor of the 2012 Park Bond, Garfield Pool was allocated $11 million dollars for improvements. We would like the community’s feedback on what you would like. The meeting will take place in the Clubhouse next to the pool building, which is located at 26th … Continue reading

Daily Entrance Fee

Please bring exact change - no change is available on the premises

Children (17 and younger)

  • one swim: $1
  • Swim Lessons/Water Exercise – Must be pre-registered *

Adults (18 and older)

  • one swim: $6
  • Swim Lessons/Water Exercise – Must be pre-registered *
  • Adult Swim Lessons/Water Exercise – Adult Scrip plus $2 lesson fee

Scrip Tickets (Swim Passes) : 1 Scrip =10 Swims

  • Adult: $51 (increases to $52 on 8/1/15)
  • Senior: $24
  • Economic Need: $24

Purchase scrip tickets at:

McLaren Lodge Annex; M-F 9am to 5pm 501 Stanyan St.

The parking lot entrance is off Stanyan between Hayes and Fell.


City Hall Treasurer’s Office; M-F 8am-to 5pm SF City Hall


Purchase swim scrip tickets online today!

Please allow 5 – 7 business days for processing and delivery.

You must have already set up an account at McLaren Lodge Annex in order to purchase Senior or Economic Need tickets online. To set up an account, bring your ID, a current utility bill, and Medi-Cal card (if applicable).

* To register for aquatic classes check out latest activities guide for times and dates then go to or 415-831-6800 to register.

Pools are generally accessible for persons with disabilities. For further information call (415) 831-2747 or TDD (415) 242-5200.

Facilities at all pools include showers, changing areas, and lockers. You must bring your own lock for the locker. Locks may not be left on over night.

Non-swimmers must remain in shallow water. Deep water test includes: Swim crawl stroke 6-widths of the pool, and tread water 1 minute.

Deck staff are responsible for enforcing rules and regulations relating to the safety of swimmers and have the authority to eject persons for not complying with said rules and regulations.

All valuables must be checked in with the cashiers. The management will not be responsible for valuables left in the dressing rooms. Check in of articles is merely an accommodation. The Recreation and Park Department, and the City and County of San Francisco assume no liability there under.

Shower time is limited to three (3) minutes.

Parents who have children shorter than minimum pool depth must abide by these rules:

  1. parents must accompany children shorter than the minimum pool depth,
  2. parents must not leave children unattended, and
  3. parents must sign a permission slip. Infants must wear diapers with elastic on legs and waist.

All pool programs are subject to change. Poorly attended programs may be canceled.


2015-16 Pool Closure schedule

Tots: The program aims to promote the Red Cross water safety knowledge and skills, aquatic adjustment, and swimming readiness skills, as well as fun enjoyment in the water. The parent is the primary instructor for their child and will accompany the child into the water during instruction. The parent must dress in a swim suit. Toddlers who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers.

Pre-Schoolers: ratio 1 adult per child

Youth-1: Participants will acquaint themselves with the aquatic environment. Topics covered in this class include breathing control, floating, prone glide, back float, arm strokes and kicking, and other elementary skills.

Youth-3: is designed for participants who have developed the elementary skills of swimming. Participants will be able to develop the front crawl stroke and back crawl techniques. This class is designed to improve stamina and coordination.

Youth-5: These levels will coordinate, refine, and polish all the skills learned in previous levels. The butterfly stroke, open turns and surface dives will be introduced. Emphasis is placed on developing efficiency, power, and endurance.

Adult –1: Participants will acquaint themselves with the aquatic environment. Topics covered in this class include breathing control, floating, prone glide, back float, arm strokes and kicking, and other elementary skills.