Overview of Aquatics at CV Starr

We have an abundance of water-related activities and services, centered around our 2 indoor pools:

  • Leisure Pool: features 146-foot Water Slide and the Lazy River.
  • Laps Pool: 8 Lap Lanes and a Diving Board

We have ongoing exercise sessions and classes in the pools that are open to all members. We also offer swimming lessons and lifeguard training for a fee. There are also 2 swim clubs at CV Starr: the Mendocino Coast Sea Dragons and the Fort Bragg Aquatics Swim Club.
Leisure Pool at CV Starr

Hours of Operation   August 13 – December 31st 2017

Here are the Fitness Room hours for the CV Starr Center:       (Continue scrolling for the Pool schedules.)

Sunday Noon–5:00pm
Monday-Friday 5:00am–8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am–5:00pm

Please Note: The above schedule are the Facility Operating Hours NOT THE POOL HOURS. Please continue scrolling down the page for the Pool Hours.

Remember Pool hours may be adjusted during school holidays/breaks to accommodate the increased play feature usage and demands.

Leisure Swim Times

Beach Swim

Beach Swim is located only in the shallowest area of the Leisure Pool (also known as the beach area). Other programs are likely to be occurring in the main section of the Leisure Pool. This swim is intended for small children and their families. The slide and lazy river are not available during this swim time. Play features are not on during this swim time.

Monday – Friday 10:45am–12:00pm
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur 4:00pm–6:30pm


This is a time for children and families to practice their swimming skills or just have fun. The entire leisure pool is open; we alternate the lazy river and slide. Spray features are on continuously. Those wishing to swim in the deep water must pass a swim test (lifejackets may be used). All children 4 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a responsible person age 14 or older in the water at all time. You must be 48 inches tall to rise the slide.

Saturday and Sunday 1:00–4:00pm

Open Swim (Leisure Pool)

The Leisure Pool is open to anyone for recreational or fitness swimming during Open Swim. At this time you have the opportunity to play, water walk, exercise, socialize or just relax in our warm water pool. The Slide and Lazy River are not available during this time.

Monday, Wednesday 4:00pm–5:30pm
Tuesday, Thursday 4:00pm–6:30pm
Monday – Friday 10:45am – 12:00pm

Work Out Swim Times

Lap Swim

This is an opportunity for swimmers to train and exercise in the lap pool. Lifeguards make every effort to manage the lad lanes and group swimmers according to ability and workout needs. Lanes are shared and circle swimming is required in lanes with 3 or more swimmers. There is not a minimum age requirement, but participants must be swimming laps. A minimum of 2 lanes are available for all lap swims times.

Mon, Wed, Fri 5:30am–6:30pm
Tuesday & Thursday 6:00am–6:30pm
Saturday 9:00am–4:00pm
Sunday Noon–4:00pm

Adult Swim (Leisure Pool)

Use the leisure pool the way you like: stretching, water exercise, light swimming, or relaxation. Space available varies depending on other programs. Play features are not turned on during this swim. This time is for adults (18+) only.

Monday–Friday 8:00am–9:00am
Daily Noon–1:00pm

Water Walking

The Lazy river is open during these times for water walking and jogging. The water jets are turned on to create a current that increases resistance for a great workout. This is an excellent time for low-impact exercising and injury rehabilitation this time is for adults (18+) only.

Daily Noon–1:00pm
Monday–Friday 8:00am–9:00am

Fall 2017 Swim Lessons
Swim lessons Fall 2017

Semi- Private Lessons- are available for 2-4 students of similar ability who wish to participate together in a private class. $15 per student per 30 minute session.
Private Swim Lessons – are one-on-one classes for anyone! Each 30- minute session class is conducted according to the goals and current abilities of the student. $25 per 30 minute sessionPrivate Swimming Lessons

These lessons are scheduled in one- class sessions at various times thought each week. At this time, private swimming lessons are only available for registration over -the-phone or in-person.


Swim Lessons – Definition of Levels & Requirements to Pass


What Class is Right for Your Child? Placement of your child into the correct level is critical for their success. Each level focuses on different skills depending on age and ability. If your child has not had lessons before, then they will begin at either the first level of Parent & Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics, or Learn to Swim, depending on their age. If your child has had lessons before, but at another facility, then their swimming ability will need to be assessed to determine the appropriate level in our swim lesson program. We provide swim assessments for free of charge, but an appointment must be scheduled.


Parent and Child Aquatics (Levels 1 and 2): Developed for children 6 months to 3 years, Parent and Child Aquatics helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more.

  • In Level 1, children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
  • In Level 2 parents work with their children to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool.

Preschool Aquatics (Levels 1, 2, and 3): Children ages 3 to 5 learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis.

  • Level 1 helps children become comfortable in the water and basic water safety.
  • Level 2 builds on Level 1 and introduces fundamental skills, such as kicking and builds on Level 1.
  • Level 3 focuses on coordinating arm and leg movements and improving upon skills learned in Levels 1 and 2.

Learn to Swim (Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6): Our six-level Learn-to-Swim program is unlike anything offered by other learn to swim programs. The program is designed for children over 6 years all the way up to adults, and students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. Each level of our Learn-to-Swim class includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  • Level 3: Stroke Development
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement
  • Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency

Parent’s Corner – How can you help your child succeed?

  1. Observe all pool rules.
  2. Supervise your child in the locker rooms. There are two family changing rooms available for your convenience.
  3. Tie back your child’s long hair before their lesson.
  4. Provide your child with goggles for Preschool Aquatics Level 3 and Learn to Swim Levels 2 and higher (for beginning levels students should not use goggles as they are learning to open their eyes underwater and be comfortable in the water without reliance on equipment).
  5. What your child’s lesson from the seated areas on the perimeter of the pool deck. Often watching your child in close proximity will distract your child.
  6. Support your child by praising his or her progress.
  7. Understand that children develop swimming skills at different rates. Avoid putting pressure on achievement; encourage your child to enjoy swim lessons and take pride in personal success.
  8. If you have any questions or concerns, please talk to the instructor or front desk staff.

Fun in class!


Lifeguard & Water Safety Instructor Courses

Adult and Pediatric First Aid/ CPR /AED
This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid, breathing, and cardiac emergencies involving adult, children and infants. Through a combination    of self –paced online learning and instructor led classroom skill sessions you will have the opportunity to practice and demonstrate skill competency required for certification. The online portion features simulation learning – an interactive experience where participants respond to real world emergencies in a virtual setting. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the class room session and must be taken on a Flash enabled computer with a high speed internet connection. ($27 Red Cross Fee when you log in to the online portion of this class)
Ages: 15+ Instructor: C. V. Starr Staff Cost: $75 to C. V. Starr
Session: July 15 Day: Saturday Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Red Cross Lifeguard/ Shallow Water/ Water park Blended Learning Class First Aid, CPR for the Pro/ AED and Title 22
Are you 15 or older and looking for a great job or challenging career? American Red Cross Life guarding is the place to start! Life guarding puts you in an exciting position, working as part of a team to help people safely enjoy the water. Prerequisite: Swim 300 yards continuously; tread water for 2 minutes using legs only and a timed swim test. If a swimmer cannot meet these requirements, they will not be allowed to take the course. When you register, pick up the class syllabus, it will give you the link to the online portion of the class. You must register at least 3 days before the start of the class. Bring your Swim Suit, towel, pocket mask, manual, and the printed out confirmation that you have completed the online portion of the class.
Ages: 15+ Instructor: C. V. Starr Center Staff Cost: $150 to C. V. Starr $35 to red cross
June 20-24 (Swim test June 17) Day: see syllabus Time: 9:00am-6:00pm
(C. V. Starr Fee waived for those who intend to work at C. V. Starr after certification)


Swim Club

Mendocino Coast Sea Dragons Swim Club

Mendocino Coast Sea Dragons Swim Team at CV Starr


Come swim for a season or swim year round with the Mendocino Coast Sea Dragons. Develop the skills of perseverance, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and love of swimming and physical fitness.  Ages 5-18. Financial assistance available.

Pre-Competitive Group: *Mon-Thu 5:15-6:45pm , Fri 4:30-6:00pm
Prerequisite: Must swim half a length of the pool.

All Other Groups: *Mon-Thu 5:15-6:45pm , Fri 4:30-6:00pm
(choose your own days; flexible scheduling)
Prerequisite: Coach recomendation
* 2 days/wk – $50/mo   * 3 or more days/wk. – $60/mo

*all swimmers must register with USA Swimming

USA Certified Coaches
Head Coach: Derek Hutchinson: 964-5045
Assistance Coaches: MaryAnn Kroninger, Katie Pierman & Cecile Mitchell


MCSD is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a volunteer parent-run board and are members of USA Swimming.

Aquatic Group Exercises

These classes are included in your facility entrance fee.
Here are the Drop in Fitness Class Schedules
Drop in Fitness Class Schedule June 14- Dec 31 2017

Aqua Power Shallow

Jumpstart your workout with high-intensity aqua aerobics. This class has a short warm up and warm down. The majority of the class is high-intensity movement with resistance.

Aqua Zumba®

Known as the Zumba “pool party,” Aqua Zumba gives new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Splashing, stretching, twisting, even shouting, laughing, hooting and hollering are often heard during an Aqua Zumba class. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that’s cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

Deep Water Aerobics

Postural awareness and muscle activation is a blast as you work vertically all muscle groups with your head above water. Use flotation equipment in a fast-paced powerful work out. You are sure to burn calories in this class!

Shallow Water Aerobics

A fun, energetic, calorie-burning workout in the leisure pool. Use the resistance of the water and equipment to strengthen the heart, muscles and core.

Low Impact Water Exercise Class

A warm-water exercise program shown to reduce joint pain and improve overall health by increasing strength and flexibility. This class will improve your day-to-day life and is suitable for every fitness level.

Water Fitness For Everyone

This is a gentle exercise program in the leisure pool. You’ll work on balance, cardio-vascular endurance, strength and flexibility. Exercising in a warm, buoyant environment helps decrease pain and stiffness while improving overall physical health.

Water Walking

The Lazy River is open for water walking and jogging. The water jets are turned on to create a current that increases resistance for a great workout. This is an excellent time for low impact exercising and injury rehabilitation. For adults (18+) only.