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Due to COVID19 and for contact tracing reasons, this season we are requiring everyone to create a simple account when making your reservations for recreation swim. By creating an account you will be able to keep your reservation information in your account for reminders and history. 


 Por razones de COVID19 y para saber de las personas que han hecho reservaciones, esta temporada se va a requerir que todas personas que quieran ir a nadar, crean una cuenta. Al crear una cuenta va poder mantener la información de su reservación al igual que un historial. 

Hours of Operation/Fees

Due to COVID-19, this season SWIMMING RESERVATIONS are required for ALL sessions prior to visiting the pool. 

There are three sessions (1.5 hours each sessions) daily for Open Recreational Swimming. All guests visiting the Empire Pool need to sign up and make reservation for each swimmer per session. Everyone in attendance will receive a wristband for each Session reserved. A new wristband must be purchased at the Admission Windows to obtain entry per session.


JUNE 1, 2021 - AUGUST 8, 2021

Session 1- 12:00P - 1:30P
Session 2-   2:00P - 3:30P
Session 3-   4:00P - 5:30P

GENERAL ADMISSION- $4.00 (Swimmers & Non-Swimmers)
ADMISION GENERAL- $4.00 (Para personas que van a nadar y las que no van a nadar)



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There are no programs or divisions available at the moment. Please contact your club administrator with any questions.

General Information

Stanislaus County PAL cordially invites everyone to enjoy some fun in the sun this summer at The Regional Water Safety Training Center located in Empire, CA.


If you have had flu like
symptoms in the last 24 hours, please stay home

If you feel sick, please stay home

Please maintain social distancing of the 6 feet at all times

Please wash your hands after use of restrooms

Please come dress ready to swim prior to entering facility. This will be reduced the amount time needed to change and use of restrooms.

Life Jackets are NOT available to loan this year

Face covering
 for those not swimming

Limited space per session this year

Clean after yourself in restrooms and deck area at all times

Reservations required per session prior to visiting the Empire Pool


The Regional Water Safety Training Center is the newest facility in Stanislaus County, built in 2009. This facility can accommodate approximately 165 patrons and offers the following amenities:

  • 3ft-ft swimming pool with guard rails located at the shallow end for easy access.
  • Separate youth water play structure.
  • Outdoor Showers.
  • Drinking Water Fountains.
  • Snack Bar (Sale of Pre-packaged snacks, drinks, ice cream and swim diapers)
  • Covered Picnic Area equipped with tables and benches. (non-reservable)
  • Public dual restrooms complete with changing areas.
  • Grass/Lawn area.
  • ADA Compliant Facility.

Some Rules to consider when visiting our pool:

  • NO COLORED SHIRTS ALLOWED! Only white or light grey shirts are permitted.
  • Swim Diapers must be worn by all youth that are NOT potty-trained.
  • No jean cut-offs or cut-off shorts allowed.

Our Lifeguards
All lifeguards employed by the Stanislaus County Police Activities League are currently certified in the following:

  • First Aid Certified, by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
  • CPR & AED Certification for the professional rescuer, by the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association.
  • Title 22 of the California Code of Regulations.
  • Blood Borne Pathogens Certified by the American Red Cross.
  • Tuberculosis Clearance.
  • Other clearance: Fingerprint/Background Check by the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department.

Swim Lesson Information



Swim lessons will be in the water with instructor. If you prefer another method due to COVID concerns, please visit other City Parks and Recreation departments as they may offer out of the water swim lessons. 

Stanislaus County Police Activities League is happy to offer youth swim lessons. Our goal is to teach basic personal water safety information and skills to help each individual feel comfortable in the water. We offer levels 1-4 so students will have an opportunity to progress through our Learn to Swim Program and build knowledge and water skill. See below for additional information.

Learn to Swim Lessons- $35.00 per Session
Swimming lessons will be offered Tuesday- Friday. Cost is $35.00 per child for 8 lessons. Scholarships available ONLY to those families unable to pay regular fees. Must be able to provide income verification. This year registrations will be online only.

Session 1: June 15 - 25 (Tue-Fri)
Session 2: July 6 - July 16 (Tue-Fri)
Session 3: July 27 - August 6 (Tue-Fri)

Skill LevelTimeObjectiveSkills Taught
Preschool (3-5yrs)6pmDevelop confidence in the water while learning fundamental skills. Introduction to basic breathing skills.Blowing bubbles, Floating, Kicking.
Level 16pmDevelop front and back floating, kicking and breathing skills.Blow Bubbles, Assisted Floats, Assisted Kicking, Feet First Jump, Safety.
Level 27pmIntroduction to rotary breathing, freestyle and backstroke, and diving.Kick with Board, Freestyle Intro, Streamline Swim, Safety.
Level 37pmDevelop freestyle and backstroke technique. Focus is on mastering rotary breathing and building endurance.Freestyle, Backstroke Intro, Side Stoke, Safety.
Level 4/511amDevelop knowledge and form for all four strokes: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke and Butterfly. Introduction to flip turns and racing dives.Freestyle 2 Laps, Backstroke 2 Laps, Breaststroke Kick, Butterfly Kic

Pool Rental Information


Option 1- Exclusive Use Rental

The exclusive use rental is for anyone interested in renting the entire facility of a private party. This option requires for event to be booked at least 2 weeks in advance, reservations must be made at the Empire Pool in person. Payment is due at time of reservation.

Rental requirements & Cost

  1. Minimum rental period is 2 hours.
  2. Maximum number of guests is 80 per rental. This number can change based on any state & local mandates.  
  3. Rental times are as follow: Saturday & Sundays from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. (2 Hours) or 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. (2 Hours)
  4. ALL pool rules applies at all times during rental.
  5. Alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed at any time.
  6. No smoking inside pool area is allowed.
  7. Cancellation of reservation must be made NO later than 3 days in advance by the person that made original reservation and original receipt must be presented.
  8. Please ensure your guest as well as renters respect ALL rules to include pool personnel at all times.
  9.  Any children in diapers must wear swimming diapers at all times while inside of pool water.
  10. Any food caters must leave facility in good and clean condition.

To start your process please call the pool to check availability.

Total cost of rental $300.00

Option 2- Open Swim Rental- CANCELLED for 2021 Season due to COVID

The open swim rental takes place during our regular open swim times. Under this option we will set up 2 awnings for a group of 25 (including children), on a designated area inside the pool. This option will provide the following:

  1. 2 awnings
  2. 4 tables/ 25 chairs
  3. 5 hours of swim time for everyone in group of 25.
  4. No waiting outside the pool in between sessions.
  5. ALL Pool rules applies at all times.
  6. NO alcohol of any kind allowed. If renters guests brings alcohol inside the facility, we reserved the right to remove anyone from the facility (no refunds).
  7. Children in diapers are required to wear swimming diapers at all times while in the pool water.
  8. Food caters are NOT allowed to cook/prepare any food inside facility.

Total cost of rental- CANCELLED FOR  2021 Season

To make reservations please call Stanislaus County PAL at (209) 238-0870 or visit the Empire Pool during its regular business hours. We accept cash, money orders, debit/credit cards (We do not accept personal checks or American Express).

Please note under both options parties are allowed to bring their own food for their gathering. Further, ALL pool rules fully enforced and applicable to all rental times.

Additional Questions/Comments/Concerns

Please contact Empire Pool for any questions regarding rentals, swim lessons, or open swim.

Regional Water Safety Training Center
Empire Pool
10 I street (Corner of I and Yosemite Blvd.)
Empire, CA 95316
E-mail: [email protected]

Otherwise, contact the Stanislaus County PAL main office if there are any questions regarding other general information.

Stanislaus County PAL
Police Activities League
1325 Beverly Drive
Modesto,CA 95351
TEL: (209)529-9121
E-mail: [email protected]

Stanislaus County Police Activities League (PAL)

1325 Beverly Drive 
Modesto, California 95351
Phone : 209-529-9121
Email : [email protected]
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