Welcome to Aquatics!

Our Aquatics program is located at the Slug Recreation Complex East UC Santa Cruz. The program offers swim lessons year-round for swimmers of all levels and ages in addition to health and safety courses, such as Lifeguarding Training and Water Safety Instructor (WSI).  

No matter the level of skill or interest, there is something for everyone at UC Santa Cruz Aquatics. Try us: You will love it! For more information, please contact Aquatics Staff and we will be happy to  assist you.

Why Wearing Proper Swim Attire is Important

  1. Street clothes (especially those made of cotton) can transport air, waterborne and fecal contaminants into the pool.

  2. Absorbent materials such as cotton can break down in the water. These fibers can clog pool filters and create the need for expensive repairs. Lycra and Nylon are the best non-absorbent materials for swimwear.  These materials do not weigh down swimmers in the water.

  3. Any colored or dyed materials (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting the water chemistry.

  4. Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.


National Drowning Prevention Alliance (NDPA) Water Safety