Palm Desert Aquatic Center Announces Summer Hours, Water Classes, Swim Lessons, Lap Swimming and Party Options

The Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC) – a one-of-its-kind water park in the Coachella Valley – announced today extended summer hours beginning June 12 for water park play, swimming lessons, water classes and the availability of a party room for birthdays and special events. The timing coincides with middle school and high school graduates welcoming summer fun, and for celebrating Dad on Father’s Day, June 21.

The new hours vary for the different areas, which are Monday through Friday from 11 to 5 p.m. for all activities including the swimming pool, diving boards, splash playground and slides; while the splash playgrounds and slides will remain open an additional two hours until 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays all areas will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For those interested in lap swimming, the pool will be open Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.; on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Youth swim lessons for ages 6 months to 17 years old, begin June 15 with a variety of skill level sessions and times. The sessions begin every two weeks and are held Monday through Thursday for two weeks, providing eight lessons total.  The cost is $60 for residents and $80 for non-residents.

PDAC also offers fun water exercise classes including Shallow Water Exercise, Deep Water Boot Camp, and a Basic Arthritis and Injury Rehab Water Exercise class. The Shallow Water Exercise class is a high energy, full body fitness class designed to enhance flexibility, range of motion and increase cardio vascular fitness while utilizing the natural buoyancy and resistance of the water. The Deep Water Boot Camp is a “No Impact” 45-minute workout using flotation devices for suspension in deep water with a challenging aerobic interval workout using adaptations of jogging, cross country skiing, bicycling, cycling, tilting and jumping jacks. For those seeking a low impact exercise regimen for managing arthritis or while rehabilitating from an injury or illness, this class was developed by the Arthritis Foundation and encourages soothing movement.  The drop-in rate for the water classes are $6 for residents and $8 for non-residents, or a monthly pass is $65 for residents and $85 for non-residents.


PDAC is a popular location for birthday parties, with a designated party room, but it is also an excellent option for other special celebrations such as graduation and Father’s Day. The party room costs $75 per hour for residents and $100 per hour for non-residents, with reservations required in advance. Additionally, the entire 8-acre facility can be rented for private parties, corporate events, swimming competitions, and other special occasions. There are also two cabanas for rent with half and full day options. Half days are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3 to 7 p.m. for $60; or a full day is 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and costs $120.

Daily admission to PDAC is $2.50 to $4, depending on age, for Palm Desert residents with I.D.; or $3.75 to $6 for non-residents. There are also punch cards available, giving 25 visits which begin at $94 depending on age and residency. A Monthly Fitness Pass is available for lap swimmers for $75 for residents and $100 for non-residents, which includes water fitness classes. A daily concession stand is open with barbeque burgers, hot dog and burger combo meals, pizza, nachos, traditional snacks, and fountain soda drinks (bringing outside food and drinks into the Aquatic Center is not allowed).

While pools are monitored by trained lifeguards, children 6 years and younger must be accompanied at all times by a responsible adult and must have an adult in the water if they are not swimmers.  PDAC is located behind Palm Desert Civic Center Park at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive, and is owned by the City of Palm Desert and operated by Family YMCA of the Desert.  For more information visit or call (760) 565-7467. Notably, PDAC is water and energy efficient, while also recently reducing irrigation and eliminating reseeding to address current drought concerns.