Enjoy the Park District's Swimming Facilities While Staying Safe in the Water


The sun is out, the weather is warming up, and by Memorial Day Weekend all of the East Bay Regional Park District's swimming facilities will be open for the season. While families look forward to spending leisurely days playing in the water, it's important to remember that water can present dangers. These general water safety tips can help you stay safe in, on, and around the water.

Water Safety Tips

  • Keep a close eye on your children. Drowning can occur quickly and silently, even in a foot of water.
  • Refrain from drinking alcohol if you plan on swimming.
  • Obey all rules and posted signs.
  • Only swim in areas with a lifeguard on duty.
  • If you’re not a strong swimmer, take swim lessons. The Park District offers swim lessons throughout the summer. Find out more here.
  • If you’re unsure of your swimming abilities, wear a life jacket. Each of our swim facilities has free loaner life jackets available.
  • Children 12 years old and under are not permitted in the swimming area unless accompanied by a responsible, actively-supervising individual 16 years old or older.
  • No lifeguard service is provided at bay beaches. Swimming at your own risk is allowed in designated areas and when lifeguards are off duty at some parks.

For a full list of swim facilities locations, schedules, and fees, visit our Swim Facilities page.

The East Bay Regional Park District is the largest regional parks system in the nation, comprising 73 parks, 55 miles of shoreline, and 1,250 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and nature learning. The Park District receives more than 25 million visits annually throughout Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Dave Mason, Public Information Supervisor
(510) 544-2217