Water Aerobics

Water aerobics classes provide a full body workout of any level of intensity, and are an excellent way to meet your fitness goals with less impact on your joints. Classes are designed to appeal to all levels of ability including prenatal, seniors, and rehabilitation or cross-training enthusiasts. Floatation belts and resistance and barbells are provided at the facility. You are welcome to bring your own equipment to use. 

Water Aerobics Calendar

Water Aerobics Class Descriptions

Deep Water Cardio (DWC)

This class provides a dynamic cardiovascular total body workout. Benefits include calorie burning, range of motion, and endurance aspects.

Aqua Running (AR)

This class is a full-body workout involving the legs, arms, shoulders, and core muscles. The water is 773 times more resistant than air, so it serves to strengthen all key running muscles, thus increasing your land-running turnover and stride length. The water resists you only as much as you resist it-so you can work out as hard or as easy as you like.

Deep Water Workout (DW)

Come join us for a dynamic total-body workout without impact on the joints. This class emphasizes good body mechanics, endurance training, and stretching. The water resists you only as much as you resist it-so you can work out as hard or as easy as you like.

Shallow Water Toning & Shaping (ST-S)

All levels. Focuses on cardio conditioning, muscle tone, flexibility and strength in chest deep water. Warm up may focus on dance, Yoga, and Pilates moves, which expand range of motion and promote joint health. Cardio exercises include movements such as non or low impact running, ski movements, kicks, etc. Class ends with a cool down and more work on flexibility and alignment. This is a full body workout, perfect for people with joint issues or who can't swim but would like the benefits of water exercise.

Drop-in Water Aerobics

Join us for drop-in Water Aerobics at Simpkins Family Swim Center!

Simpkins Family Swim Center

Our Pools

SFSC 50-meter Lap Swim Pool 

  • 17 lanes, 25 yards in length.
  • 78°F pool temperature.
  • Pool depth is 3.5 to 8 feet deep.
  • 4 of the 17 lap swim lanes are 3.5 to 4 feet deep.

SFSC Warm Water Pool

  • 18 x 10 yards in size
  • Heated to 88°F year-round
  • Spray zone
  • Zero depth entry with a ramp, slopes to a depth of 4 feet
Amenities & Features
  • Indoor locker rooms
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Pull buoys and kickboards
  • Towel service is not available

On the Deck 

  • Sunny deck space with lounge chairs
  • Food court area with picnic tables and a small lawn
  • Reservable covered picnic area
Accessibility & Inclusion

A water wheel chair is available at the swim center and the Warm Water Pool features a zero-depth entry ramp for access. Each pool has stationary, ADA-compliant lifts as well as a mobile lift for entry into any area of the pools. A gender-inclusive bathroom is available with an ADA shower, changing bed, locker, and toilet. In addition, the Simpkins Family Swim Center offers low stimulation hours weekly.

Learn more about Accessibility & Inclusion at Santa Cruz County Parks

Contact Us


(831) 454-7960

Monday – Friday 6:00 AM to 7:45 PM, except holidays

Our physical office is open, but staff availability is limited as some staff members are working remotely.