Lap Swimming

The City’s goal is always to make the Plunge as safe as possible and provide a welcoming environment for the hundreds of patrons we serve each day.  As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to go down the City is hard at work tying to balance the needs of our community, the Culver City School district and our renters. We thank you all for your support and patience with us during these unparalleled times!  

Family Swim has returned! Family swim will allow for 2 swimmers per lane from the same household in the same lane with both swimmers recreational swimming in the center of the lane. *Lap swim will not be permitted in a family swim lane.

 All swimmers must continue to pre-register for 50-minute blocks of time. Please see COVID-19 Guidelines and procedures below. Reservations for Lap Swim will still allow for only one person per lane, per time block. Swimmers may sign up for one time block per day only.

Please note: The Plunge will be closed between March 22 and April 4 for its annual spring maintenance. 


Plunge Lap Swim Times

General Lap Swim Hours

Monday- Friday

7:00am- 2:00pm & 4:00pm-6:50pm

Saturdays & Sundays  10:00am- 1:50pm

Plunge Closures

1/18/21  Monday 
Happy MLK Day! 
Pool Closed All Day
 3/22/21 - 4/04/21 Mon-Sun  Annual Spring Maintenance  Pool Closed For 2 Weeks 

Individual Lap Swim Time Slots

7:00am- 7:50am
10:00am- 10:50am 
8:00am- 8:50am    11:00am- 11:50am 
9:00am- 9:50am    12:00pm- 12:50pm 
10:00am- 10:50am     1:00pm- 1:50pm 
11:00am- 11:50am     
12:00pm- 12:50pm     
1:00pm- 1:50pm     
 4:00pm- 4:50pm    
5:00pm- 5:50pm    
6:00pm- 6:50pm    


Fees and Registration Information

Lap and Family Swim Fees

Adult (Ages 18-49)    $4
Youth (17 and Under) Seniors (50 and up) and Persons with Disabilities  $3

Registration Information

Registration Dates

12/28/20 - 01/03/21  December 21 @ 7:00am  December 23 @ 7:00am 
01/04/21 - 01/10/21 December 28 @ 7:00am  December 30 @ 7:00am 
01/11/21 - 01/17/2021 January 4 @ 7:00am  January 6 @ 7:00am 
01/18/21 - 01/24/21 January 11 @ 7:00am  January 13 @ 7:00am 
01/24/21 - 01/31/21 January 18 @ 7:00am  January 20 @ 7:00am 
02/01/21 - 02/07/21  January 24 @ 7:00am  January 26 @ 7:00am 
02/08/21 - 02/14/21  February 1 @ 7:00am  February 3 @ 7:00am 
02/15/21 - 02/21/21  February 8 @ 7:00am February 10 @ 7:00am 
02/22/21 - 02/28/21  February 15 @ 7:00am  February 17 @ 7:00am 
 03/01/21 - 03/08/21 February 22 @ 7:00am  February 24 @ 7:00am 


Register Here


How to Set up an ActiveNet Account

  1. Click here to set up an account.
  2. Click on the "create account" link in the upper right corner
  3. Enter your email address in the box
  4. Click on the green box that says "Next"
  5. Enter your First name, last name , date of birth, create a password and confirm your password
  6. Check the two boxes
  7. Click on the green box that says "Next".
  8. Enter your gender, address and phone number
  9. Create your security question, fill in your answer and then confirm your answer
  10. Check the I’m not a robot box.
  11. Click on the green box that says "Submit" and you are ready to go


How to Register for an Activity 

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click on the "Activities" Link- the second word on the gray bar below the green logo/picture.
  3. Enter "Lap" in the activity box. All the open Lap Swim Activities will pop up by date. (The number under the third column labeled open will show you how many spaces are open that day.)
  4. Select the date you would like to swim and click on the blue button to the right of that date that says "more".  All the times available on the day you selected will pop up. (The number under the third column labeled open will show you how many spaces are open time.)
  5. Select the time you would like to swim by clicking the green button on the right that says "add to cart". (Note: If the button to the right of the time you would like is blue and says "Wishlist" it means that the registration for that date has not begun. You may add it to your "wishlist" to speed up the registration process when the activity does open. Check above for registration dates)  


Please be mindful of your fellow Plunge patrons and ensure that if you can not make your time that you call either (310) 253-6650 or (310) 253-6680 to cancel your reservation by 6:00pm the evening preceding your swim. This way staff can open up the space on line for other participants to register on a first come first served basis.

Standby Procedures

In response to the overwhelming number of "No Shows" for rented lap swimming lanes the City will implement a standby process to fill any empty lanes.  The City’s Standby Registration process will be on a first come first served basis.  We ask that you please carefully review the City’s guidelines below:

  • Standby registration will open up 15 minutes to the hour for each lap swim period to both resident and non resident participants.  
  • Standby participants must check in with City staff at the standby canopy located on the grass area west of the benches.
  • If early participants must line up in the order of arrival. Participants must be in line in order to check in.
  • Participants will be checked in on a first come first served basis.  
  • Standby participants will complete the Daily Infection check off sheet and leave their cell phone number for City staff to contact them if a lane is available. 
  • Once the Standby Registration process is completed, the City ask that Standby participants not congregate in the area. 
  • At 10 minutes past the hour and if a lane(s) is available City staff will call Standby participants in the order they appear on the list for that time period.  
  • If a participant does not get in on standby for the time period they registered for and they wish to try standby for any subsequent time/s they must wait in line and complete the check in process again for each time they wish to attempt. 
  • Standby participants that accept the space will be registered by City staff for the lap swim time slot. 
  • Standby participants must then log into their ActiveNet account via phone or tablet and pay the balance.  
  • Once the transaction is completed, Standby participants must show their ActiveNet receipt to City staff at the standby canopy.    
  • Upon visual confirmation of the receipt, City Staff will allow the Standby participants to enter the City facility.   
  • Fees will not be prorated. 
  • The City strongly recommends that you store your credit card information in your ActiveNet account to speed up the Standby Registration process. (Deleting the stored credit card afterwards is highly recommended)



Lap Swim Procedures and Guidelines 

COVID-19 Check in Process

  • Check in will begin outside the plunge at 15 minutes to the hour.   
  • If lanes remain empty 10 minutes after the hour they will be allocated to Standby Participants on a first come first served basis according to the Standby Procedures.   
  • Participants will line up along either the North or South side of the building along the outside of the men's and women’s locker room in the designated spaces marked on the pavement.   
  • One at a time participants will be called up to the check in table where staff will scan the participant's temperature and fill out the Daily COVID-19 symptom check form.   
  • Once they have completed the check they will be asked to initial the form and return to their place in line.   
  • At 5 minutes to the hour staff will give a brief overview of the plunge’s expectations and make any needed announcements.   
  • Once lifeguarding staff is ready participants will walk straight out to the deck through the lobby doors to their lanes.   
  • Swimmers are to leave their belongings in the crate in front of their assigned/chosen lane.   
  • All participants must shower at the newly installed outdoor showers before entering the pool.   
  • There will be a 5-minute warning (3 short whistle blasts) 5 minutes prior to the end of the swim session.   
  • Participants must leave immediately through the south west gate at the conclusion of their exercise session.

COVID-19 Lap Swim Guidelines

  • Only preregistered participants are permitted to enter the facility.   
  • Spectators, guests or visitors are not permitted.     
  • Social Distancing of six (6) feet is required throughout the facility.   
  • Face coverings must be worn at all times in the building and on deck. 
  • Indoor showers, lockers, locker rooms and changing areas are not available for use. It is strongly recommended that participants come dressed and ready to exercise and that they shower and change at home after the class.  
  • All belongings must be left in/on the crate in front of the assigned lane/space.  
  • Kick boards, noodles, and pull buoys are not available for use. 
  • Sharing equipment is not permitted. 
  • Lap Swim/Adult Exercise/Swim Lessons: limited to 1 participant per lane/space/quadrant.   
  • Family Swim: limited to 4 participants from the same household with a 1 to 1 -adult to child ratio for each child under 48 inches tall.    
  • Participants must stay in the center of their lane/space/quadrant at all times. 
  • Items left in the facility after a swim/exercise/lesson session will be disposed of immediately following the session. 
  • Water fountains are available for filling water bottles only. 
  • Restrooms and sinks are disinfected between each exercise session only. Wash your hands thoroughly after use. 
  • Prolonged breath holding is not permitted. 
  • Private instruction is not permitted

Plunge COVID-19 Precautions

  • Daily Screening for all staff and patrons entering the facility
  • Face covering guidelines will be strictly enforced
  • Social distancing of six (6) feet will be strictly enforced
  • All patrons must enter through the sanitation and symptoms check station at the main entrance off of Veteran’s park.
  • All patrons will exit the facility through the South west gate
  • Frequent hand washing when not in the pool is encouraged
  • There will be no sharing of equipment
  • Between each lap swim/program block there is a 15 minute disinfection period where all high touch surfaces will be disinfected prior to the next group entering.

Non COVID-19 Lap Swim Etiquette

The City’s goal is always to make the Plunge as safe as possible and provide a welcoming environment for the hundreds of patrons we serve each day. To ensure that all swimmers enjoy their time in the Plunge, we ask that you adhere to the following lap swim etiquette:

Entering the Water
Always use a feet-first entry into shallow water. If the lane is crowded, always ease in, using a feet-first entry. You may dive into the pool from the deep end, but only if the pool is completely clear in front of you.

Circle Swimming
Just like driving a car, you swim on the right side of the lane in a counter-clockwise pattern, keeping the middle of the lane open.

The best place to pass someone is at the wall. Please do not touch anyone at any time when signaling them that you are passing. If you pass in the middle of the pool, it should be between the backstroke flags, and you should pass in the middle of the lane.

If you are the swimmer being passed, please stop at the wall to let them pass. It is best to stop and go to the right corner of the lane, then they can pass you on the left. If they are passing you in the middle of the pool, just swim as close as you can to the lane line and slow down a bit to allow them room and time to pass.

Number of People in a Lane
Several people can fit in a lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of similar speed are together.

Lane Speed
A good way to find the lane that best suits your swimming abilities, is to observe those who are swimming. If you are the first one in the lane, just abide by circle swimming so others may join you. If you unsure about which lane to use, request assistance from the lifeguard. Swimming in the same lane with swimmers at your same pace could help you swim better and have a more effective workout.

If you are resting on the wall, stay to the right side of the lane to stay away from oncoming swimmers. Stopping in the middle of the pool should be avoided. If the lane is crowded and one person stops, all will have to stop. Be aware of other swimmers around you at all times.

The Diplomacy of Shared Space
If someone makes a suggestion concerning any of the mentioned etiquette topics, try to make adjustments in the spirit of cooperation. If you make a suggestion to another swimmer, try to do it as diplomatically as possible. Please be courteous and responsive if you are asked to move lanes by the lifeguard(s). The lifeguard(s) on duty will have the final determination in arrangement of lanes.