By Chris Clemens

Palm Desert Aquatic Center (PDAC) is pleased to announce it will resume several water exercise classes beginning on Monday, April 19, 2021. Following CDC health and safety guidelines class size is limited and participants will be socially distanced six feet apart both in the water and out.

Classes being offered include Shallow Water Boot Camp, Shallow Water Exercise, Shallow/Deep Water Exercise, and Arthritis Exercise. Online reservations at are required and space can be reserved up to 48 hours in advance, with a one class per day limit.

Having reopened in mid-August 2020 for adult lap swimming only, PDAC has procedures in place to safeguard employees and patrons. Upon arrival patrons are asked about any possible symptoms they may be experiencing that could be related to COVID-19. Face masks are required to be worn while waiting in line for entry and on the pool deck.


Locker rooms remain closed, which means that patrons must arrive showered and in their swimsuits ready for class, and should arrive no more than 10 minutes early while waiting at the designated spaces outside of the facility. Admittance will begin 5 minutes before class starts, and patrons are required to promptly exit the facility when class ends. Unisex and locker room bathrooms are available for use.

Costs for water exercise classes are $6 for Palm Desert residents and $8 for non-residents, and $65 for a monthly water exercise pass for Palm Desert residents and $85 for non-residents. The full schedule is online and reservations with pre-payment are required by visiting

The Palm Desert Aquatic Center is a City of Palm Desert facility, managed by Family YMCA of the Desert. It is located at 73751 Magnesia Falls Drive in Palm Desert, behind Civic Center Park, and can be reached at (760) 565-7467.