The Highlands Rec pool offers year round swimming in comfortable 83-degree water, with trained lifeguards on duty during all operating hours. During the winter months, the pool is covered by a dome, to keep swimmers warm and spectators dry. The pool also offers a diving board, a baby pool, and a water slide (April-October). More features are listed here.
Pool Entrance Fees
• Annual Pool Memberships are available for both Highlands residents and non-residents.
• Guests of Pool Members: $3 per person (swimming or non-swimming); member must be present during entire visit.
• Highlands Resident Drop-In Fee: $5 per person (swimming or non-swimming)
• Non-resident Drop In Fee: $10 per person (swimming or non-swimming)
• Children under 3 are free
Note: Please refer to the Pool Rules before entering the pool.
Group lessons are taught throughout the year. Classes are 28 minutes long with a maximum of 4 students per instructor. Please review the descriptions below to choose the appropriate level class. Feel free to call us or stop by with any questions.
Private and semi-private swim lessons are available at the Rec. Please contact our registration office to sign up. We do our best to accommodate your scheduling needs; however, that isn’t always immediately possible. In the meantime, we want you and your child in the water, getting comfortable in the pool and learning to swim! Please consider signing up for group lessons now and drop in for Rec Swim to get ready for a fun and safe summer at the pool.
Has your child recently completed a session of group lessons? We would appreciate your feedback as we strive to continually improve the quality of our program. Thank you for completing this brief SURVEY. You may complete the survey each time your child completes a session.
Guppies (aka Level I) (minimum age 3)
Students focus on developing independence, confidence and basic safety skills. Students are supported and assisted by the instructor in all skills.
• Skills taught: bobbing, floating, retrieving objects, water entry & exit, pool safety, and moving through the water.
Seahorses (aka Level II)
Swimmers learn to coordinate arm and leg actions and swim independently on both front and back, building on level I skills to increase confidence, independence, and water safety skills.
• Skills taught: unassisted floats, glides, big arms, elementary backstroke.
• Prerequisite skills: completely submerge under water unassisted, able to perform assisted skills with face in water.
Marlins (aka Level III)
Swimmers learn breathing techniques for freestyle and breaststroke, and work to improve technique and endurance in all strokes. Level includes deep water safety skills.
• Skills taught: side breathing, treading, coordinating breaststroke and backstroke, intro to dolphin kick, basic diving.
• Prerequisite skills: swim 10 yards unassisted with coordinated arm and leg action with big arms and elementary backstroke.
Sting Rays (aka Level IV)
Swimmers develop competitive stroke techniques, continue working on endurance, and learn intermediate safety skills.
• Skills taught: butterfly, sidestroke, open turns, racing dives.
• Prerequisite skills: 15 yards freestyle with side breathing and elementary backstroke, 10 yards breaststroke and backstroke.
Sharks (aka Level V)
This is a combined advanced level which prepares swimmer for swim team and other aquatic sports by continuing to improve competitive stroke techniques, endurance, and advanced safety skills.
• Skills taught: flip turns, individual medley, surface dives, rescue skills.
• Prerequisite skills: 25 yards freestyle and elementary backstroke, 15 yards breaststroke and backstroke.
Private and semi-private swim lessons are available at the Rec. Please contact our registration office to sign up. Private lessons are scheduled at the mutual convenience of student and instructor.
Aqua Track (All ages)
This deep water exercise program will improve your fitness and reduce stress. While wearing a flotation belt you will exercise vertically in deep water. Join this no impact and gentle resistance workout program that is perfect for arthritis or rehabilitation from injury. Adults of all ages.
Drop in Fee: $10
5 Visit card: $40
10 Visit card: $70
20 Visit card: $120
Arthritis Aquatic Program
Come join us in a recreational Arthritis Foundation Aquatic program conducted in our heated swimming pool. This program provides a fun, social atmosphere where participants are led through a series of specially designed exercises geared towards reducing pain and stiffness associated with Arthritis. The warm water and gentle movements help increase joint flexibility and range of motion while restoring and maintain muscular strength. The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic program is suitable for all fitness levels and does not require the ability to swim. Adults of all ages are welcome. Classes are taught by a certified Arthritis Foundation instructor.
Instructor: Sandra Burgess
Cost: Highlands Resident: $48/month; Non-Resident: $53/month
Wednesdays: 11:05am – Noon
Come join us in our heated swimming pool. Have fun and exercise at your own pace. Our program is designed to improve your cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, coordination, balance, and helps increase strength and endurance. All fitness levels are welcome. No swimming skills are necessary. This program is suited for adults of all ages.
Instructor: Sandra Burgess
Cost: Highlands Resident: $83/month; Non-Resident: $88/month
Mondays & Fridays (Ongoing): 11:05am – Noon
The Highlands Dolphins Aquatic Club (HDAC) is a safe, fun, and positive swim program to help swimmers achieve their personal best and build lifelong fitness. Based in San Mateo, we are affiliated with USA Swimming and offer a variety of groups that meet most swimming ability needs.
For more information visit the links below. For questions or to schedule a tryout, please contact coach Zach Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For current swimmers
Swim Team Groups
2016-2017 Meet Schedule
Long Course Records
Short Course Records
USA Swimming Time Standards
USA Swimming IMX and PowerPoint
Private & Semi-private Swim Lessons
Tips for Registering for USA Swim Meets
General Meet Information
How to Check In at a Meet
Group and private diving lessons are taught by Kelly Winterbottom. Private and semi-private swim lessons are available at the Rec. Please contact our registration office to sign up. Private lessons are scheduled at the mutual convenience of student and instructor.
Learn from a world champion diver! Students will learn the hurdle, basic dives such as the swan and jackknife and proper hand position for entry into the water. Classes include games and fun activities that teach safety and skill development. Divers who have started in diving programs at the Rec. have gone on to dive at Stanford and have earned national age-group titles. Pre-requisites: 8 years of age. Must have the ability to pass the swim test and perform a standing dive on the diving board.
Kelly Winterbottom is a world champion diver who boasts more medals than Michael Phelps. Diving is Kelly’s passion. She has dived almost continually since she was 10 years old and she is still active with the Stanford Masters’ Diving Team. Kelly was Connecticut State Champion at 17 years old and has held numerous National and World Masters’ titles since, on 1 meter and 3 meter springboards. Kelly teaches Physical Education at Borel Middle School and has coached individual divers and teams at Country Clubs, YM- & YWCAs and community pools including Highlands Rec. Center and the College of San Mateo Diving Team. Kelly teaches fun-filled classes to individuals and small groups, of all ages. Skill development can progress at a pace to suit each individual. Divers who have started in her beginner and intermediate diving programs at the Rec. have gone on to dive at Stanford and have earned national age-group titles.
American Red Cross Lifeguard Training
This comprehensive training program is for the individual who wishes to become a lifeguard at a pool. This will certify the passing student in CPR for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid and Lifeguard Training. Students must be 15 years old or older (proof of age must be shown at the 1st meeting) and pass a water skills test to be admitted into the class. Bring class material, swim suit, towel and comfortable clothing. MUST ATTEND ALL CLASSES PER SESSION.
Junior Lifeguard (Summer only)
This American Red Cross program provides a strong foundation for future successful completion of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Course. Jr. Guards will work out daily to improve their physical fitness both on land and in the water. They will learn about causes and ways to prevent drowning and diving accidents, how to supervise others around water, how to recognize when someone is in trouble, basic first aid, CPR, and AED. Jr. Guards will develop leadership skills necessary to become successful lifeguards including effective communication, how to make informed decisions, how to work as a team and about customer service. Fridays the Junior Lifeguards will be taken on different aquatic-themed field trips throughout the bay area.
Pre-requisite: Ability to swim front crawl 25 yards continuously using side breathing, tread water for 1 minute, submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet. Age 11+ (Flexible if on swim team). Each class is one week long and offers a different theme and new field trip destination. Students are encouraged to sign up for multiple weeks.
Memberships & Drop ins
Pool memberships can be paid monthly or annually. To become a member, submit a Pool Membership Application along with the initial registration fee. As long as your membership remains current, there are no recurring registration fees.
Please refer to the pool rules before entering the pool. Check our pool calendar for lap times, class schedules, and more.
Access to our Fitness Center for all members over age 15.
10% discount on all aquatics classes, except private/ semi private lessons
$40 discount if membership paid in full at the time of registration for 3 or more paid family members)
$20 discount if membership paid in full at the time of registration for 1 or 2 paid family members
Up to 6 guests allowed at a time. Guest fee is $3 per person. Pool members must be present during entire guest visit.
As long as your membership remains current, the registration fee is paid only once.
|Highlands Resident||CSA1 Resident||Non-CSA1 Resident|
|Senior (62 & over)||$15/month||$20/month||$25/month|
|Adult (18 & over)||$20/month||$25/month||$30/month|
|Child (3 & over)||$3/month||$3/month||$5/month|
To have monthly membership fees deducted from your bank account, please complete the ACH Form. A $2 transaction fee is added to the monthly amount. Form must be submitted to the Rec by the 15th of the month prior.