4 • Parks, Open Space & Cultural Services Simpkins Family Swim Center - Your County Pool Aquatic Registrations (831) 454-7953 • Swim Center (831) 454-7960 AQUATICS PROGRAMS We are open 7 days a week, year round. The center has four pools, and climbing wall, all of which are open seasonally. The 78-degree 17-lane Lap Pool, which is the largest in Santa Cruz County, is used for lap swimming, swim lessons, swim teams, water polo, junior lifeguards, adult fitness and water aerobics. The Warm Water Pool is used for recreational swimming, swim lessons, and therapy, and is kept at 88 degrees. It features a zero-depth entry ramp for easy wheelchair access. The Spray Zone splash and spray has a 6-inch depth make it a perfect pool for tots: • Children who are non-swimmers must have direct adult supervision, at an arms reach, at all times. Age 8 and under must have direct adult supervision in the locker rooms and on the pool deck. • Admission is first-come, first-served. All persons entering the pool area are required to pay an admission fee. • For those not yet toilet trained, we adhere to a 2-layer policy. A swim diaper and plastic pants with elastic leg and waist bands must be worn. Both items are available for purchase at the swim center. • Glass containers are not allowed. • Please do not bring water toys or floatation devices for your children to the pool. • Swim program hours may vary from those listed in this pamphlet. • All fees are subject to change. • Programs may be cancelled for special events, unusual circumstances or severe weather. • Please visit www.scparks.com to view the most current pool schedule, fees, pool closure dates, and other information. Accessibility Features Santa Cruz County Parks and the Santa Cruz County Commission on Disabilities are partnered in their commitment to inclusivity and accessibility for all County residents wanting to enjoy the Simpkins Family Swim Center in safety and comfort. In 2021, the Commission conducted a community survey to discover how best to enhance the Swim Center’s accessibility and provide a welcoming, supportive space for community members with disabilities to get the most out of it. Low Stimulation Hours Wednesday afternoons (3-5pm), Simpkins will offer “low stimulation” hours for swimmers with disabilities that benefit from a quieter environment with less sensory stimulation to enjoy the pools. Warm Water Pool Simpkins features three pools at varying temperatures: 78 degrees Fahrenheit, 88 degrees Fahrenheit, and an unheated wading pool. Warm water pools are often credited with offering physical and mental benefits for swimmers with developmental, mobility and chronic pain disabilities, among others. Accessibility Equipment Several options are provided for people using wheelchairs to access the pools, including a water wheelchair, a stationary lift, and a mobile lift. Staff are on hand to provide verbal instruction on the use of accessibility equipment, though they will not be able to physically assist you. Zero Depth Entry People with mobility disabilities and those using the water wheelchair can easily enter the pool with a gently sloping entry point for gradual entry and increased control of the depth at which they are most comfortable. Free Entry for Caregivers All entry fees are waived for caregivers accompanying peoples with disabilities for the purpose of providing them with assistance as they use the facilities. Use of Flotation Devices Allowed People with disabilities who require flotation devices to use the pools safely are welcome to bring and use their own flotation devices. Private ADA-Compliant Shower, Changing Bed, Locker Room and Restroom The swim center provides a private accessible space for people with disabilities desiring privacy to shower and change before and after swimming.