Aquatics


Boy paddling a cardboard boat in pool


Introducing Surf ‘n Turf Fit Club - Fall 2020

Are your kids hungry for some aquatics fun this Fall? Let them get their fill of swimming and outdoor fitness activities in our Surf ‘n Turf Fit Club! Dolphins will focus entirely on stroke work and conditioning in the pool, while Seals will combine stroke work in the pool with fun games on land. Both Dolphins and Seals will flip for the chance to dive into fun after a long day of online learning!

Ready to Dive In?
Click here to learn more about our Aquatics Afterschool Program

Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park (Pool) Update

Pleasant Hill Aquatic Park is open for Aquatics CARES (childcare) only.  

As of June 5, 2020, Contra Costa County has allowed pools to open with very tight restrictions and capacity limitations. Based on these restrictions, we cannot open for other programs at this time.  If you are looking for lap swim, please check out some of our neighbors:

Please Note: These websites are managed by each individual agency and Pleasant Hill Recreation & Park District has no control over the content on their websites or any program rules established by each agency. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. As the County updates the health order, we will re-evaluate our ability to offer programs. If you would like to be notified when we resume lap swim or water aerobics, please add your name to our interest list here. We hope to see you at the pool soon!


Keep Swimming!

While we can’t swim at PH Aquatic Park right now, we can learn about water safety. We can keep practicing Aquatics activities and water safety. Here are some resources and activities to help everyone in your family learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water. 

Let us know what you’ve done to learn about water safety by sharing with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @pleasanthillrec.com and with the hashtags #PHStayInAndPlay, #RedCrossWaterSafety, #WaterSafetyAtHome, #NotOneMoreDrowning, #DrowningIsPreventable.

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Activities for Everyone

Take the Pool Safely Pledge and browse www.poolsafely.gov for water safety information for parents and kids. Share your Pledge on social media with the hashtag #PledgeItOn.

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Activities for Kids

  1. Bathtub Swim Lessons
  2. Swimming Books
  3. Water Safety

Our friends at the City of Pleasanton have put together a series of Bathtub Swim Lessons videos. These are a great way to develop swim readiness in children. Check out the videos below and start practicing today!

Skill 1 - Blowing Bubbles
Skill 2 - Getting Their Head Wet
Skill 3 - Back Floats
Skill 4 - Arm Scoops
Skill 5 - Front and Back Kicks

Longfellows WHALE Tales: Water Habits Are Learned Early

WHALE Tales are short, engaging and age-appropriate vidoes that teach the importance of water safety topics. Each episode centers on a memorable rhyming phrase to help children remember what they have learned. 

Each lesson has one or more worksheets (PDF) to support the safety topic. You can find videos and activities on the Red Cross website, and we’ll be adding WHALE Tales worksheets (PDF) to the VRC all month long. Share your completed worksheets with us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter @pleasanthillrec.com and with the hashtags #PHStayInAndPlay, #RedCrossWaterSafety, #WaterSafetyAtHome, #NotOneMoreDrowning, #DrowningIsPreventable.

  1. Lessons 1-4
  2. Lessons 5-8
  3. Lessons 9-11

Lesson 1 - Swim as a Pair Near a Lifeguard’s Chair

Lesson 2 - Be Cool, Follow the Rules

Lesson 3 - Look Before You Leap

Lesson 4 - Think So You Don’t Sink

Emergency Preparedness Activities for Kids

  1. The Pillowcase Project (8-12 yrs)
  2. Prepare with Pedro (4-8 yrs)
  3. Monster Guard App (7-11 yrs)
  4. Prepare as a Family (all ages)

Developed for 3rd-5th grade students, The Pillowcase Project aims to increase children’s understanding of natural hazards and empower them to prepare for emergencies

  • Download resources like My Preparedness Workbook, posters and activity sheets (available in English and Spanish) for kids to learn about home fire prevention and safety and other emergencies, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and more.
  • Work with children to create a household emergency plan and personal emergency supplies kit.
  • If available, encourage children to be creative and decorate a spare pillowcase to hold their own emergency supplies.

Find more resources and links from the Red Cross here.



Activities for Adults

  1. ARC First Aid App
  2. ARC Skills for Alexa
  3. ARC Swim App
  4. Mental Health First Aid Course
  5. Water Safety Info & Course

The American Red Cross First Aid App gives instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid emergencies.  Also available in Spanish!  Available from the App Store or Goggle Play, or text "GETFIRST" to 90999.

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"Dive-In" Movies 

Set up a pool float in front of your TV and have a marathon with these swimming related movies. Movies are listed alphabetically.

MovieRatingDescription
Finding Dory (2016)PGFriendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.
Finding Nemo (2003)GAfter his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to bring him home.
Free Willy (1993)PGWhen a boy learns that a beloved killer whale is to be killed by the aquarium owners, the boy risks everything to free the whale.
Jaws (1975)PGWhen a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it’s up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.
Pride (2007)PGThe determined Jim Ellis starts a swim team for troubled teens at the Philadelphia Department of Recreation.
Swimming Upstream (2003)PG-13The inspirational life story of Australian swimmer Tony Fingleton.
The Last Gold (2016)DocumentaryNarrated by Emmy-winner Julianna Margulies, The Last Gold is a feature-length documentary film that reveals one of the greatest untold stories in Olympic swimming history. Forty years ago, at the 1976 Montreal Games, a team of doped East German athletes thrashed their rivals from the United States, until a remarkable final race.
The Sandlot (1993)PGOk, so this isn’t really an aquatics themed movie, but we love the pool scene with Squints and Wendy Peffercorn! In the summer of 1962, a new kid in town is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his rowdy team, resulting in many adventures.
Touch the Wall (2014)DocumentarySwimming superstar Missy Franklin was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn’t until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape. Stream the movie for free.  Details here: http://www.touchthewall.com/home
Unfiltered (2005)Documentary"Unfiltered" is an unprecedented look into the lives and competitive rivalry of two of America’s greatest swimmers: Michael Phelps and Ian Crocker.


Make a splash! Explore our many regular programs and healthy aquatic activities. Swim team, swim lessons, water fitness, water sports, training/certification or just open swim with friends.
Water fun for the whole family!