Reserve a Lane Today!

There are some restrictions with the return of Lap Swimming to the UC Davis Recreation Pool. 

What are those restrictions?
At this moment in time, the Aquatics Unit is allowing current UC Davis students and UC Davis Faculty and Staff to reserve lanes. UC Davis Students may reserve one swim per day. UC Davis Faculty and Staff must purchase a Multi-Visit pass which allows 15 swims within a 30-day period (or the end of the month in which it was purchased). 

How do I Lap Swim?

If you wish to lap swim, you will need two things; A Multi-Visit Pass* and a Lane Reservation.

1. The Multi-Visit pass is only required for UC Davis Faculty/Staff Members and enables patrons to enter the Recreation Pool 15 times, within 30 days of purchase OR until the end of the month in which it was purchased (whichever comes first).

2. You may reserve a lane ahead of time via the online booking system under Facility Reservations on the Rec Portal. There will be a maximum of 2 swimmer per lane (if they share a Household) and Aquatics politely requests to come to the pool swim ready - Day Use Lockers will not be available. 

*Enrolled Students do not have to purchase a Multi-Visit Pass. 
**Non-Enrolled Students that purchase a Summer Student Membership do not have to purchase a Multi-Visit Pass. 

Users of Rec Pool lap swim reservations must be 18 years or older and may only swim once per day. 

Lap swimming is split into 45-minute sessions across three different blocked times: morning, noon, evening. There are time breaks between each session so that lifeguards can test the water chemicals and clear the pool deck to clean and sanitize before the next session begins.

Each session allows 6+* patrons to swim. There are 5 lanes available online and 1 lane available for walk-up. The walk-up lane is first come, first serve. Please be aware that if all of the lanes are reserved and you don’t have a reservation, you can still get a lane by waiting 5-minutes past the swim time start. Empty lanes after 5-minutes of the start time are added to the walk-up list. 

*If you are swimming with another patron from your household, you only need to make one reservation - but both swimmers must have a valid student membership OR Multi-Visit Pass. 

Walk-ups are available!






(Beginning Sunday November 1st) 

The Rec Pool Facility is closed Nov 25th-29th & December 19th-January 3rd for Holidays.


Weekday Block Times (Monday-Friday)


Morning Block


Noon Block


Evening Block


Weekend Block Times (Saturday & Sunday)


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(Ending Saturday October 31st)


Weekday Block Times (Monday-Friday)


Morning Block


Noon Block




Evening Block


Weekend Block Times (Saturday & Sunday)


Morning Block


So How do I Reserve a Lane?

  • Head to
  • Click on Facility Reservations                 
  • Select Lap Swimming Reservations       
  • Select Day/Lane/Time for your Swim Session
  • Want to cancel? Click the three dots that show up in the “booked” box and click cancel.


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the pool close because of air quality?

Per campus guidelines, when Air Quality Index (AQI) reaches 150+, the pool will close until conditions improve. We send out emails, post to our Facebook and update the website with closure status. Use to monitor the air quality. 

Does Lap swim require a reservation?

Yes, at this time, in order to guarantee you a lane you will be required to have a reservation.

When can I reserve a lane?

You will be able to reserve a lane for lap swimming 5 days in advance. Reservations are made on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis.

How can I reserve a lane?

Please follow the directions above. 

Does the reservation system close at any particular time?

Nope. Lane reservations will close the moment the swim session starts.

What is the duration of each lane reservation?

Reservations will be for 45 minutes. At the end of your time slot, the lifeguards will clear the pool deck to clean and sanitize before the next group arrives.

How many reservations can I make? Can I reserve spots for someone else (Husband, Wife, Friend, Sibling, etc)?

You may not exceed one reservation per person/per day. You can reserve spots through the UC Davis Campus Recreation Portal for each dependent when selecting Day/Time(s), 

How will I know if my spot is reserved?

You will receive an e-mail confirming your reservation.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

If you need to cancel your reservation, you may head to your Rec Portal bookings, located under Facility Reservations on the Rec Portal Home Page. From there you will select the registration you wish you cancel. If you struggle with this, you may call the Head Guard phone at (530) 752-2691 or email the aquatics email at instead.

Is there a penalty for making a reservation and not showing up?

Yes. If a member does not arrive within 5 minutes of the beginning of their lane reservation, their lane will be added to the walk-up list and the member will be marked as a no-show. After three no-shows, the Aquatics Unit reserves the right to suspend membership to the Rec Pool Facility for three days and suspended patrons will not be able to make lane reservations (including walk-up spots). After these three days of suspension, members will be able to make reservations again.

If there are lanes available but I don't have a reservation for one, can I still attend?

Yes! For every swim session, there is 1 unreserved walk-up lane. This lane is assigned on a first come, first serve basis. You are welcome to have a lane if there is availability. Please check at the Rec Pool front desk to see if any lanes are available. If however, all of the lanes are reserved and you don’t have a reservation, you will not be able to enter the facility.

Is there a limit as to how many reservations I can make for a day?

To ensure all patrons are able to Swim, the Aquatics Unit are limiting members to one lap lane reservation per day.