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Summer’s not over yet!

With the temperatures next week rising into the mid-eighties, families across town need a cool mid-day escape. Urho Saari Swim stadium is El Segundo’s go-to location for aquatic fun. The stadium earned its name from Urho Saari, a beloved swim coach who began teaching there in the 40s.

Over the following 30 years, he led his water polo teams to 12 championships and coached the US Olympic Water Polo Team twice. Upon his retirement, the stadium was renamed in his honor. It also came to be affectionately nicknamed “The Plunge”.

With such a long history of coaching excellence, it’s no wonder the stadium is still an El Segundo staple. The Plunge offers both private and group swim lessons for all ages throughout the year. If you’re just aiming to relax in the pool or get in some laps, see below for the current open swim schedule.


Recreation swim:
Fun swimming session open to all ages

  • Mon-Sat 1:15 pm – 3:15 pm
  • Fri 7:15 pm – 8:30 pm

Parent and me swim:
Open to parents and their young children to enable water exploration in a safe, calm environment

  • Tue and Thurs 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Lap swim:
The Plunge has 7 lanes for lap swimming and 1 lane for water walking. Midday lap
swim Monday through Friday is designated for adults. Children 14 years and up may attend evening sessions with supervision

  • Mon, Wed, Fri 10:30 am-1:00 pm
  • Tu,Thu 10:00 am-1:00 pm
  • Sa 6:00-7:30 am
  • Sa 11:00 am-1:00 pm
  • M-Th 8:00-9:30 pm

Hilltop Pool is also open daily through August 28th.

For even more fun, the Plunge will be hosting a Dive in Movie on August 17th at 7:15 pm. This year’s movie showing will be the family favorite “Moana”.

For more information on available classes, view the full El Segundo Rec and Parks Aquatics Guide.

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