It’s swimming season in sunny Santa Clarita, California. Time to look up a good pool and drench yourself daily in the summer sun. The water experiences in this town rival the best in the world, from small backyard pool to the giant slides of Hurricane Harbor, we’ve got it all.
For simple backyard-type fun, the Santa Clarita Park Pool is your best choice. It comes complete with a one meter dive board, a large deep swim area and plenty of space for those not-yet-swimmers to bounce around. Several classes are offered throughout the summer, but for the cost of only $1 per child and $2 per adult, the free swim from 12pm-3pm Monday through Saturday isn’t to be missed.
Let’s go the next step for something bit bigger, the Santa Clarita Aquatic Center provides a variety of experiences for the whole family. This outstanding facility is equipped with a 50 meter competition pool where people learn everything from basic swimming to kayaking. The aquatic center’s dive pool allows those with more skills to practice jumping off one of the two single meter dive boards or their three meter dive board. During recreational swim time, they often place a large flotation device in the center of this pool providing an island of rest for the weary diver. For the tiny tots and casual swimmers they open the water-slide pool. This includes a zero-depth entry and play features, like squirting fountain umbrellas or the simple swimmer slide. In the corner of this large pool sits a towering swirling slide only available to those who are 48 inches and above. Recreational swim is open daily 12pm to 5pm. It can be rented for parties of various types and sizes too. At $4 per person, it provides hours of family entertainment but be sure to bring your own sunblock, you’ll need it.
Santa Clarita’s best indoor pool sits on the campus of the College of the Canyons. It isn’t open to the general population but if you are a registered student or participate the Canyons Aquatics Club, this is the place for you. Its calming environment is one of the best. Their instructors teach and train novice swimmers through Olympians and believe in the possibilities each brings. They happily boast some of the best teachers in town, but beware, classes book fast.
For those last minute lessons, the best place to grab something for your young swimmer is the Valencia Meadows pool. This pool is smaller and located near a quiet neighborhood park, but the focused attention the instructors give is amazing and well worth the effort. Because the neighborhood is loaded with pool owners this pool often has lesson availability as close as one week prior to class start.
When it come to pools, one local dive cannot be beat. Those who live by the motto “Go big or go home” need to visit Hurricane Harbor. At $44.99 for a season pass, this pool-based amusement park is cheaper than visiting the local pools. Located next door to Six Flagg’s Magic Mountain, Hurricane Harbor boasts experiences for all ages and all levels of swimmer. While the mini munchkins and mom enjoy the new Mr. Six’s Splash Island, teens can slide down the Side Winder and Boa Constrictor.
Santa Clarita’s pools pour out the possibilities to all who seek the wonderful power of water to help remove the heat this summer. Go check it out and find your favorites.
Swimming pool, www.canyons.edu
Swim School, www.canyons.org
Seasons, “Aquatics”, www.santa-clarita.com
Hurricane Harbor, “Rides”, www.sixflaggs.com