Rose Bowl Aquatics Center

Pasadena, CA, UNITED STATES

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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Address
360 North Arroyo Boulevard
Pasadena, CA 91103
UNITED STATES
Telephone
(626) 564-0330

Adult Admission Price & Policy

Drop-in/Casual
$10.00 per 45-minute lap swimming session, advance reservations required. See the Covid-19 pool procedures page for more information. [June, 2020]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
50m x 25y, 8 lanes, 6ft 7in depth, outdoors, temperature controlled, 81º - 81ºF (27ºC)
Pool 2
25y x 50m, 19 lanes, outdoors, temperature controlled, 86º - 87ºF (30º - 31ºC)
Diving
One ½m, three 1m, and two 3m diving boards; 1m, 5m, 7.5m, and 10m diving platforms.

Location

County/Region
Los Angeles County
GPS
34.151693, -118.164736

Teams That Use This Facility

Masters Swim
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Youth Swim
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Water Polo
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Water Polo
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Diving
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Diving
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Facility Notes

Long course swimming year-round in the competition pool. Short course all day in the "recreation" pool. Lane availability and times are shown on its website ("website", above).
Kick boards and pull buoys are available.
There are also two spa/Jacuzzis®, a weight-room with the standard machines and bar-bell selection, and a separate therapy pool.
Last minute schedule changes are often posted on the center's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/TheRBAC and Twitter account at https://twitter.com/RBAC_updates.

Facility Reviews

A good venue but expensive.
The RBAC is hands down the best deal in Southern California, balancing price and facilities.
A really great pool.
I think it's too expensive. The facility has not been well maintained and it shows.
This facility is the best I ever swam a lap in! The locker rooms are excellent. Showers are excellent. The pool itself is a dream. The staff is helpful and efficient.
What a treat to swim outdoors and to be able to choose between long course meters and short course yards! It is an older facility, but the water is clean and clear. And to be able to dry off on the deck in the sun after a swim is an added bonus!
[March, 2014]
Pro: Open long hours, long course, good showers, friendly swimmers, chemistry in the competition pool is kind to skin and hair, ample parking, equipment available. Reasonably consistent 80ºF. (27ºC.) in the competition pool.

Con: Not the cleanest; you will be swimming with dust bunnies composed of hair, leaves, Band-Aids®, and random garbage bits. Often crowded. Lockers are old and rusting out, locker room cleanliness level reflects high traffic. Expensive. Hot tubs are so strongly chlorinated that they give me a headache, which has never happened anywhere else.

It's surprising that this is the best the area can do. If they took cleaning more seriously (both pool and locker room), it would be a fantastic facility - but with no other viable outdoor pools around, I guess they don't need to try hard.
[January, 2015]
The 50m x 25y pool is the "competition pool". It's used by the swim teams and lap swimmers. It is typically much cleaner (very clear water, good pH balance) and long-course (50m lanes) is usually available year-round.

The 25y x 50m pool is the "recreation pool". It's almost always short-course (25y lanes) to allow for simultaneous multiple uses: swimming lessons, recreation swimmers, and the diving team. Because of the heavy recreational traffic, this pool tends to be much dirtier.

In the last year or so, the locker rooms were completely - and nicely - redone.
[July, 2016]