Lap Swimming is back on June 22nd!

As Aquatics begins to prepare for reopening the Rec Pool, it is important to note there will be some initial restrictions. 

What are those restrictions?
At this moment in time, the Aquatic Unit is allowing Campus Recreation Members, and current UC Davis students (Summer Session 1) ONLY to reserve lanes. 

Lanes will be available to non-CR Members at a later date. If you would like a Campus Recreation Membership, click here

When Aquatics does reopen, there will be lap swimming only. If you wish to lap swim, you will need to reserve a lane ahead of time via the online Campus Recreation portal. There will be a maximum of 1 swimmer per lane equaling ten swimmers in the facility at one time and Aquatics politely requests to come to the pool swim ready—even though locker rooms will be available, they will be restricted (stalls and showers). Day Use Lockers will not be available. 


Face Coverings are required when NOT swimming and all Patrons must be screened Via questionnaire before entry. 
Please note that to start, Patrons must be 18 Years + and may only swim once per day. 

Lap swimming will be split into one-hour sessions across three different blocked times: morning, noon, evening. There will be 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 10 patrons to swim. There are eight lanes available online and two for walk-ups. These two lanes are first come, first served. Please be aware that if all of the lanes are reserved and you don’t have a reservation, you will not be able to enter the facility.

For information on how to reserve your lane, head to Lap Swim Reservation page OR head to the UC Davis Campus Recreation Portal (Aquatics). 


Walk-ups must be CR-Members or Summer Session 1 Students.


Whether you want to improve your fitness or relax in the sun, Campus Recreation has a pool for you. Swimming can provide a full-body, cardiovascular workout, while also improving endurance, posture and muscle strength. From the fitness novice to the performance athlete, swimming is an excellent low-impact exercise option for any individual. If you would rather lounge by the pool, our facilities also offer a relaxing, easy-going environment to escape those stressful days. Whatever your preference, Campus Recreation offers outstanding opportunities at Hickey Pool and Recreation Pool.

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The Rec Pool has a PAL user-operated lift. If you have any questions please contact

The Department of Campus Recreation is committed to making its programs accessible to persons with disabilities. If you need an accommodation to participate in a class because of a disability, please contact the Campus Recreation Administrative Office at 530-752-1730 at least four weeks prior to the event or activity with information regarding the requested accommodation.

Free Parent Passes

To learn about free Parent Passes for UC Davis parents and guardians click here.

Pool Reservations

For information on reserving either Hickey Pool or the Rec Pool, head here.


For general inquiries, please call the Rec Pool Facility at (530) 752-2691 or email

Campus Closure Policy: If the University cancels academic classes (closes campus), we will likely cancel all recreational programming and close certain facilities, etc. Efforts will be made to reschedule canceled classes/activities once campus re-opens. No refunds or prorations for a membership or canceled classes/activities will be issued.