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Pool Schedule and Fees

The schedule has been updated through January 8, 2017.

Public Hours: August 22, 2016–January 8, 2017

Closed Days:
The pool will be closed the following days and times:
Tuesday, October 18, 5:30-8:30 pm
Wednesday, October 19, 5:30-7:30 pm
Friday, October 21, 12:00-6:00pm; We will be OPEN 6:00-8:00pm
Saturday, October 22 for Mills College Swim Team Invitational

Holiday Closures:
November 23-26, 2016 for Thanksgiving
December 14, 2106-January 8, 2017 for winter break

Parking: Fall Permit $30
Annual Parking Permit:
We recommend purchasing the Annual Parking Permit that is good for the school year, August 23, 2016 through August 22, 2017.

See parking for details.

 Lap Swim Hours*  
Mornings M/W/F 6:30 am–10:00 am
T/Th 6:30 am9:00 am
Midday M-F 12:00 pm2:30 pm
Evening M/W/F 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
T/Th 5:30 pm–8:30 pm**
Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm–4:45 pm

*Please see the Lap Lanes Available Table for number of available lanes at each time of day we are open for Lap Swimming. 

**Starting November 1, T/Th lap swim will end at 8:00 pm

Lap Lanes Available
Mon Tue/Thu Wed Fri
6:30 am–9:00 am
9:00 am–10:00 am
5 + S

5 + S

5 + S
5 + S
12:00 pm–1:30 pm
1:30 pm–2:30 pm
10 + S
10 + S
7 + S
10 + S
10 + S
10 + S
10 + S
10 + S
5:30 pm–7:30 pm 5 + S
5 5 + S 10 + S
7:30 pm–8:00 pm
8:00 pm–8:30 pm**
5 + S
10 + S

Please note: "S"—shallow end available for lap swim and water walking.

**Starting November 1, T/Th lap swim will end at 8:00 pm

 Rec Swim Hours  
Friday** 5:30 pm–7:30 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm4:45 pm
Sunday 12:00 pm–4:45 pm

**Starting November 1, there will be no rec swim on Fridays

Please be aware other programs including swim lessons, water aerobics, Master's practices, staff trainings, and other swimming and water polo clinics may be happening through the fall across all lap swim times. All other free lanes will be available for lap swim.  We will be closed for Mills College classes, Mills College swim team practice and meets.

Please join one of our programs at the pool! Check out our group and private swim lesson information, as well as both deep water and shallow Water Aerobics, American Red Cross classes and other aquatics opportunities.

Thank you for your patronage of the Mills College Pool. The Trefethen Aquatics at Mills College is owned, operated and maintained physically and monetarily by Mills College.

Our mission is to provide safe, quality, educational, sustainable programs to Mills College students, staff, faculty, alumni, as well as the surrounding communities in Oakland. We want to provide these programs in a manner that is simple, logical and fun.

Our primary focus, as responsible staff members of the Mills College pool is to know and enforce the rules with standard delivery to create an environment that promotes safety and enjoyment of ALL pool users. Some of the pool users include Mills College swim team, Mills College classes, Mills College student events, award winning safety and swim lesson programs, youth swim meets and other events, as well as recreation and lap swimming. All of these programs factor into the published schedule. We are pleased to offer such an important service to the community and to so many types of users.

Mills College reserves the right to refuse service to any person or modify our schedule at any time. Our programming and scheduling align with the Mills College academic calendar. Every attempt will be made to inform pool users in advance when there will be changes, staffing issues, pool maintenance problems, weather and other safety issues which may necessitate closing the pool.. However, the pool may also be closed without notice. Mills College does not offer memberships to the pool.

For the safety and enjoyment of ALL pool users, EVERY pool user needs to know and follow the Pool Rules, Code of Conduct, and Lap Swim Etiquette. Please review all the Pool Rules, Code of Conduct, and Lap Swim Etiquette before visiting the Mills College pool.

Please note: The rules are posted, reviewed, revised, and enforced for your safety and enjoyment, as well as everyone who uses the pool. Every guest at the Mills College Pool is asked to sign in at the front gate upon entry in the facility. Your signature is your agreement that will follow all rules, Code of Conduct, Lap Swim Etiquette, and adhere to the rules immediately and completely as enforced by the Mills College pool staff including lifeguards and other employees at the pool.

Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The adult must be in the facility.

Mills College ID required for current Mills College students, staff and faculty to enter the pool for free. Without your ID, you will be asked to pay the non-refundable one day entry fee of $7.

Children under 14 years of age are welcome during recreational swim hours only.

Children under 13 years of age must be directly supervised by an adult.

Children under six years of age must be directly supervised by an adult in the water within arms length of the child at all times.

The shallow end is open for play only during recreational swim hours.

Pool Fees

  Daily Semester Pass
Mills Student (and student's minor children) Free Free
Faculty and Staff (and immediate family) Free Free
Alumnae/i $5.00 $175.00*
Friend of the College (FOTC) $7.00 $250.00*

*Spring and Summer 2016 prices. Fall 2016 Alumnae $125, FOTC $200.
Three Semesters: Spring, Summer and Fall. Each Semester passes are prorated in four equal parts. You must purchase the Semester Pass after the date of the next part to receive the prorated price.

Semester Pass
*Three Semester Passes Available: Fall, Spring, and Summer.   Spring and Fall Semester Passes are prorated in four equal parts. You must purchase the Semester Pass after the date of the next part to receive the prorated price.  Spring and Summer prices are Alum $175.00 and FOTC $250.00. Fall prices Alumnae $125, FOTC $200.

Annual passes are no longer available.

Fall Semester
August 29–December 15, 2016

Prorated Dates Alum FOTC
8/24/16-9/24/16 $125 $200
9/25/16-10/25/16 $94 $150
10/26/16-11/26/16 $63 $100
11/27/16-12/15/16 $32 $50

*Spring and Fall Semester passes are prorated. Summer passes are NOT prorated due to extended hours.

Spring Semester Pass
January 9—May 14, 2017

Prorated Dates Alum FOTC
1/9/17-2/18/17 $175 $250
2/19/17-3/19/17 $132 $188
3/20/17-4/20/17 $88 $125
4/21/17-5/14/17 $44 $63

*Semester passes are prorated.

Summer Semester Pass
May 15 –August 20, 2017
Please note: due to the extended hours in the summer, the summer semester pass is NOT pro-rated.

Friend of the College (FOTC) indicates the general public. FOTC are welcome during Lap Swim times. Children are welcome during Recreational Swim times. There is no charge for children under three years of age.

Discount punch cards are available
           FOTC:  Ten swims for $56
           Alum:   Ten swims for $40

Towel Rental: Daily towel–$2.00
Pool Lockers: No fee for Mills College students
All others: $35.00/semester, $35.00 for the summer
Outside Lockers: $1.00 lock rental per day

Immediate family members of students or alums must be accompanied by the student or alum, or they will be considered to be Friends of the College. 


Annual/School Year Parking Permit: 
August 23, 2016 through August 22, 2017  $60  Available at the pool on or after August 15.  
Fall Parking Permit:  $35
Spring Parking Permit: $35
Summer Parking Permit:  $25
If you use the pool year round, for the most value, we highly recommend you purchase an Annual/School Year Parking Pass for 2016–17.

Visitor parking permit holders are currently authorized access to Richards and commuter lots, however this is subject to change and patrons found outside of these parking lots may be cited by officers at any time.

Please note, effective October 19, 2015, we will no longer require a picture ID to use the pool. Also, to allow for programs and scheduling to align with the Mills College academic calendar, Annual Passes are discontinued. All current Annual Passes will be honored through their expiration date, plus 2.5 weeks to cover our recent closure. Upon expiration of these passes, no new Annual Passes will be issued.

To see photos of the 2013 renovation project, visit the gallery on the Mills College Facebook page.

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Contact Information

Trefethen Aquatic Center

P: 510.430.2170
E: pool@mills.edu 

Last Updated: 10/18/16