Before you join a health and fitness club, be realistic about what activities
you are likely to participate in and how often youll use it. If you have
never exercised before, or havent exercised for a long time, question
whether you will be able to stick with a new fitness regimen. Most people
who join clubs stop using them after only a few months. Since many clubs
charge nonrefundable initiation fees, youll waste a lot of money if you
If you still want to join up, this article will help you choose a club.
Our Ratings Tables list ratings of area fitness centers based on quality
and price, and offer details on available facilities, activities, and amenities.
Some quick advice:
Weigh all your options. Can you get exercise less expensively some other
wayfor example, by doing pushups and situps, running, biking, or joining
a sports team or exercise class? Also check out fitness centers operated
by local governments; many operate less expensive fitness club-like facilities.
Shop around. Youll find that some clubs charge twice as much as their
competitors for about the same facilities and amenities. Because many clubs
have several fee plans and discount optionsand may offer the best deals
only if its absolutely necessary to close a salemake sure the sales staff
offers you the best available rates. When discussing costs, mention other
clubs youre considering. And check whether you qualify for a discount
based on an arrangement between the facility and your employer or health
insurance plan. In particular, many Medicare Advantage policyholders have
access to programs that offer free or very low-cost memberships at participating
Ask whether a membership youre considering includes a time commitment.
If youve never joined a fitness facility, test both your determination
to exercise and the club by taking a short-term or month-to-month option.
Before signing on the dotted line, find out the rules for canceling and
freezing the membership.
Request a guest pass to try out any club you are considering. While there,
check out the cleanliness and condition of equipment. Use your pass at
a time when youre most likely to exercise regularly so you can see how
crowded it gets and judge how helpful the staff is.
Have sales staff put promises in writing. If a salesperson has said you
can cancel your membership at any time, make sure it says as much in the
contract. If the salesperson says the facility is about to break ground
on a new lap pool, dont believe it unless its written down.
We are bombarded with images of perfect bodies in prime physical condition
in ads for everything from beer to sugary sodas to soap: firm, toned, and
beautiful. But Madison Avenue didnt invent the appeal of physical fitness.
Medical experts uniformly agree that regular exercise, coupled with a balanced
and modest diet, is key to longer, healthier, and more satisfying lives.
There are a lot of ways to get in shape and stay in shape. Even small efforts
help: Take the stairs instead of the elevator; park at the far end of the
lot; take a walk before or after dinner. A lot of newly fitness-inspired
people join health and fitness clubs, believing that the facilitiesand
the financial commitment of membershipmay finally supply the motivations
they need to get fit and stay fit.
If you are thinking of joining a health and fitness club, know upfront
that the fitness industry thrives on good intentions. Most people who join
clubs stop using them after only a few months. Since many clubs charge
nonrefundable initiation fees, you can waste a lot of money if you quit.
Compare the costs of joining a club to the many other fitness options,
which are discussed in this article.
Be prepared to make a number of decisions. There are many clubs in the
area from which to choose, each likely to offer several membership options.
And because sales staff at some clubs use high-pressure and deceptive sales
tactics to close deals, its not always easy to make the right choices.
Membership at many clubs doesnt come cheap. Although some bare-bones gyms
charge less than $300 a year, many charge more than $600 per person for
the first year, including initiation fees. Want a club that offers racquet
sports or a wide range of facilities and amenities? Expect to pay a lot
While amenities and services vary from facility to facility, large price
differences exist among clubs with roughly the same basic features. If
youre just interested in fitness equipment and group exercise classes,
a single membership that provides unlimited access to all facilities for
one year costs, at the time of our last full, published article, $172 at
many Fitness 19 locations; at Montclair Fitness in Oakland youll pay $1,045.
If you want to play tennis and swim, a three-year couples membership costs
$5,533 at the Prime Time Athletic Club in Burlingame; at Bay Club San Francisco,
youll pay $14,820.
This article will help you sort through those options and, if you decide
that a health and fitness club is the best way to go, help you get what
you want at the best available price.
If you dont currently exercise on a regular basis, or want to increase
your fitness regimen, first formulate a plan. For most people, beginning
a drastically new exercise routine is akin to quitting a bad habit: Making
a doable plan increases your chance of success. Your plan should include
realistic fitness goals, a list of exercises for achieving those goals,
an exercise schedule, and a list of reasons to keep you motivated. (If
you are older than 40, check with a physician before beginning any program
of increased exercise.)
Obviously you have a better chance of changing your habits if you enjoy
what youre doing. Although some individuals endure a few months of agony
before they start to enjoy exercise for its own sake, its easier if you
like it from the start. It helps if your new exercise regimen includes
opportunities to see friends or meet new people. So does an attractive
facility. And it certainly helps if you look forward to playing a sport
you enjoy, rather than pedaling in place or pushing and pulling on a machine.
Before joining a club, think about your own motivations and interestsand
consider alternatives. Many consumers pay fitness clubs a lot of money
for activities available more cheaply elsewhere.
In fact, most people can save money and meet all their fitness and recreation
needs without joining private fitness clubs. You can do pushups, situps,
and many other exercises at home for free. Walking, running, and biking
are very inexpensive. A regular soccer or basketball game at a nearby park
is not only inexpensive but probably a lot more fun than lugging weights
around a smelly gym. For a one-time investment of a few hundred dollars,
you can buy various types of home exercise equipment.
Local governments offer exercise facilities and programs. Recreation centers
and local parks have cardiovascular fitness equipment, weightlifting rooms,
tennis courts, swimming pools, aerobics classes, basketball courts, sports
leagues, and much moreall free or much cheaper than comparably equipped
private health clubs.
For example, San Jose offers seven community centers, all with fitness
centers and a variety of classes; most also have gyms. A citywide fitness
pass, which provides access to exercise facilities at six community centers,
costs $260 for one year; the price is $150 annually for seniors (ages 50
and up), teens, and the disabled. Monthly passes cost $26 for adults and
$20 for seniors, teens, and the disabled. Drop-in rates are $5.50 for adults
and $2.75 for seniors, teens, and the disabled.
Access to the fitness centers and weight rooms offered by San Franciscos
recreation centers is free. To swim in any of San Franciscos pools, adults
pay $6 per swim ($1 for ages 18 and under); a 10-swim pass is $51 for adults
(just $24 for seniors).
Richmond has four community centers that offer fitness memberships to adults
either for free or for $5 per month for residents ($6 for nonresidents).
The Mark Green Sports Center in Union City offers a fitness center, 12,000-square-foot
gymnasium, and a wide range of group exercise classes. An annual pass costs
$325 for adult residents ($360 for nonresidents); the daily drop-in rate
is $7 for adult residents ($12 for nonresidents).
Below, we list all local government-run recreation centers in the area
that have at least a weight room/fitness center and/or a year-round swimming
pool. Almost all allow use of exercise facilitieswithout requiring a term
commitmentfor prices well below even the least expensive private health
Even if you expect to eventually join a private health and fitness club,
spend a few months trying the alternatives. That will give you a better
idea as to whether you really are likely to stick it out at a club and
which activities and facilities matter to you.
When considering a club, youll want to consider several points, including
what its members say about it, its location, membership fees, contract
terms, facilities and equipment, classes, and amenities. Our Ratings Tables include many of these details for area facilities.
Our Ratings Tables report ratings of the facilities by their customers.
We surveyed area consumers (primarily CHECKBOOK and Consumer Reports subscribers)
and asked them to rate health and fitness centers they had used inferior,
adequate, or superior on the following aspects of service quality
Quality/maintenance of facilities and equipment
Adequacy of facilities/equipment for demand
Quality of instruction
Availability/convenience of organized group activities
Friendliness of staff
Providing what the sales staff promised
Overall value for your money
For facilities in the Bay Area that received at least 10 ratings, our Ratings Tables show the percent of each clubs surveyed customers who rated it
superior (as opposed to adequate or inferior) on each survey question.
(Click here for further discussion
of our customer survey and other research methods.)
Although several clubs rate quite high on all survey measures, we receive
scads of complaints about many other facilities, as evidenced by the ratings
shown for them on our Ratings Tables. The most common complaints relate
to lousy facilities and equipment, and indifferent customer service.
For firms that were evaluated in our last full, published article, our
Ratings Tables also show counts of complaints we gathered from local
Better Business Bureaus (BBB) for a recent three-year period. For more
information on reported complaint counts, click here.
Before joining any club, take a tour and ask questions. Most clubs provide
prospective customers with free guest passes; be sure to take advantage
of these offers.
When trying out a club, ask members what they like and dont like about
the club, and consider the following questions.
Is the location convenient?
If you cant easily get to the facility, youre not likely to use it. Consider
only facilities close to your home or workplace, depending on when you
plan to work out. Most chains offer memberships that allow you to use several
Is it open when you need it?
Check hours of operation. For early workouts, most open by 6 a.m. on weekdays
but not until 7, 8, or 9 a.m. on weekends. In the evening, most are open
until at least 10 p.m., but a few close as early as 9 p.m. Also check hours
of the specific facilities you expect to use; for example, the tennis courts
may be open until midnight while the weight room closes at 10 p.m. and
all aerobics classes end by 9 p.m. If youre interested in specific classes,
make sure theyre offered when you can attend them.
Does it have the facilities and amenities you want?
Check whether the club has the types of facilities and equipment you plan
to use. Our Ratings Tables list this information for the facilities
weve evaluated. All facilities listed on our Ratings Tables offer
some form of weight training. Many also have racquetball or squash courts,
but indoor pools, tennis courts, basketball courts, and indoor tracks are
less widely available. The table also indicates whether facilities have
such features as saunas, Jacuzzis, showers, towel service, and lockers.
Remember that our Ratings Tables say nothing about the size or quality
of what is offered: One clubs pool might be barely bigger than another
clubs hot tub.
Does stuff work?
Even if a club offers all the facilities and equipment you want to use,
they wont do you much good if theyre poorly maintained. Our Ratings Tables report how surveyed customers rated clubs for quality/maintenance
of facilities and equipment. Some clubs received superior ratings on
this question from more than 90 percent of their surveyed customers, while
others were rated superior by fewer than 20 percent.
Does it offer the classes and activities you want?
Our Ratings Tables indicate the variety of classes and activities offered
by the rated clubs, including aerobics, yoga, group cycling, and dance.
You can check the clubs schedule of classes for the current period to
see how often these activities really are available, but that wont tell
you how quickly classes fill up. To provide greater insight on the availability
of activities, our Ratings Tables report ratings on our survey question
availability/convenience of organized group activities.
Is it crowded?
Good facilities and equipment wont do you much good if you cant use them.
Our Ratings Tables show ratings on adequacy of facilities/equipment
for demand. When trying out a club, visit it during the time you are most
likely to use it, and check whether there are waits for equipment, find
out how and when to reserve court time, check sign-up rosters for courts
to see how full they are, and ask club members whether crowding is a problem.
Is it clean?
Our survey asked about cleanliness; as our Ratings Tables show, clubs
scores varied widely. When you check out clubs, pay particular attention
to the state of locker rooms, showers, and swimming pools.
Does it offer childcare?
Our Ratings Tables indicate which clubs offer childcare. If youll
be toting along your tots, inspect the kids area. Is it clean and well
maintained? Are age-appropriate toys available? Are workers attentive and
caring? Are there enough workers to safely supervise the number of kids?
Do the kids seem happy? Is the area secure?
Is the staff competent and helpful?
Youll want a well-staffed clubwith good tennis pros; experienced, inspiring
class leaders; knowledgeable instructors on weights and exercise equipment;
etc. A good staff can help you progress quickly, stay motivated, and avoid
Ask how much experience various staff members have and whether they have
certificationbut be aware that there are many certification programs,
and some of them are meaningless.
Certification programs sponsored by the Aerobics and Fitness Association
of America (www.afaa.com), American College of Sports Medicine (www.acsm.org),
American Council on Exercise (www.acefitness.org), and The Cooper Institute
(www.cooperinstitute.org) are among the most respected. Although certification
through these programs may not ensure competence in every facet of exercise,
most provide a good foundation for personal trainers and fitness center
workers. Also find out whether any instructors have bachelors or graduate
degrees in physiology or related fields. In recent years the fitness industry
has become increasingly professionalized.
You can judge staff competence to some degree by observing them in action.
For example, ask weight-training instructors what kinds of activitiesand
what limitationsthey recommend for reaching specific goals, and then ask
why. Evaluate the coherence of their answers. Also make sure tennis pros,
for instance, provide students with the kind of feedback youd want.
Is the atmosphere right for you?
Different clubs have different atmospheres. Some are very attractively
decorated, others more down-to-earth. Some seem oriented toward socializing;
others provide little opportunity for mingling. At some clubs, standard
dress is come-as-you-are casual; at others, you might feel uncomfortable
arriving in jeans. Although in-person visits are the only way to find out
how a club feels to you, our surveys feedback on friendliness might
provide some enlightenment.
Although its easy to check on clubs facilities and activities, determining
which membership option is right for you could be a lot more difficult.
Some clubs refuse to provide price information over the phone. And even
when you can get the information, it can be hard to compare rates since
initiation fees, monthly charges, facilities, and many other features vary
widely. Even worse, you may be expected to make a substantial upfront financial
commitmenta high initiation fee or long-term contract that may cost a
lot even if you, like many club members, stop using a facility after a
At some clubs, an already confusing fee structure is made worse by salespersons
who try to squeeze prospective customers for everything they can get.
When our mystery shoppers called, some salespersons pushed long-term contracts
and mentioned month-to-month or less expensive options only after our shoppers
hesitated or asked about them. A common ploy is to offer a steep discount
only if you sign a membership contract that day.
In addition to allowing selective price squeezing, multiple pricing plans
open the way for other abuses. A salesperson might not quote the best prices
because he or she thinks youll use the facility too heavily, complain
too much, or wont fit in.
Another ploy is the non-discount discount. Many clubs print up membership
fee schedules with inflated prices so that they can cut the price during
the sales pitch.
The same non-discount strategy appears in advertising. While many advertised
specials truly offer lower prices, others are confusing or misleading come-ons.
Careful shopping is your best tactic. When deciding whether to sign up,
forget about the discount on the table and focus on how the clubs price
compares to prices at other clubs.
As previously noted, fees vary dramatically from club to club. Our Ratings Tables report fees for six different profiles, ranging from full access
for three months for one person to full access for three years for a couple.
Based on the fee information collected from the clubs that were evaluated
in our last full, published article, weve attempted to calculate the lowest
possible fee for each profile for each club. For the three-month user profile,
we assumed the user planned to use the club for three months and then quit.
Charges might be much higher for someone who planned on being a member
for a year but quit after three months.
For each profile, fee differences are large. For example, the one-year
full-access individual user would pay $157 at The Right Stuff Health Clubs
and $3,720 at Bay Club San Francisco.
When comparing fees, keep several factors in mind
Which facilities you can use. One reason for the price differences is that
some clubs offer much more than others. Evaluate the price in relation
to the facilities, equipment, and activities offered (also shown on our
Ratings Tables)especially those that you expect to take advantage
of. Some clubs offer lower fees for memberships that exclude certain features,
such as racquet sports.
Times of day. You can sometimes save money by using a club only at off-peak
Per-use fees. Some clubs, or membership options, require you to pay separately
for court time or other benefits, while others offer a broader array of
benefits for a basic fee. If you want tennis instruction, regular massages,
or other personalized services, check the clubs charges for these services.
Other clubs you can use. If you are interested in using more than one club
location, either locally or outside the area, ask for details on multi-club
use opportunities. Our Ratings Tables report whether each club offers
membership options that allow customers access to other local clubs and
has memberships that allow access to other clubs nationally (typically
through a national reciprocal use program that gives its members access
to participating clubs for a per-use guest fee).
If you are interested in using more than one club location, get a list
of participating clubs. Some clubs offer use of only one other local club,
while others let you use dozens.
If you know you will be using only one club location, mention it to membership
salespersons. Health club chains often have lower membership-rate categories
for customers who agree to limit their access to one club location.
Renewal fees. Some clubs charge lower fees for renewals after an initial
Check whether you qualify for a discounted membership rate.
Many clubs offer steep discounts for seniors. The age requirement varies
by club, with some clubs offering discounts to members age 50 and up. Keep
in mind that some clubs limit access of senior memberships to off-peak
You may also qualify for a discount through your employer. Many clubs have
agreements with employers for corporate rates typically 10 to 20 percent
lower than normal rates. If your employer doesnt have an agreement, you
may be able to foster one by recruiting coworkers to join with you. Clubs
typically extend corporate rates to employees of companies that have even
a handful of employees who are willing to sign up.
Finally, find out if your health insurance plan offers benefits for fitness
services. Many insurers participate in programs that offer plan members
discounts on health and fitness club memberships at participating clubs.
And many Medicare Advantage policyholders have access to programs that
offer free or very low-cost memberships at participating fitness centers.
See below for more information.
Once you identify clubs that have the range and quality of offerings you
want, examine the kinds of financial commitments they require.
You might expect a health and fitness club to let you use it whenever you
want for a daily fee. A $10-per-day fee, for example, adds up to $1,040
per year if you used it twice a week. In fact, YMCAs and government-operated
facilitieswhich arent out to make a profitallow such per-day payment.
But most private clubs are not so flexible. Many want to lock you in with
a substantial initiation fee, a long-term contract, or both. Thats good
for the clubs: They collect your money even if youlike most new club memberslose
interest and stop using the club. But its bad for you. Oral promises salespersons
make when pitching clubs may not be legally binding. If a club does not
meet your expectations, or its service is terrible, you still may be responsible
for paying off the contract.
Dont join a club without carefully reading its contracts fine print.
For the most part, clubs are merciless in enforcing their contracts. If
youve signed up for a year and want to quit after a week, your club may
come after you to pay for the full year. You need to examine several contract
terms to determine how much flexibility youll have.
Oakwood Athletic Clubs $950 initiation fee would seem stiff if you quit
after two months. Fortunately, most initiation fees arent so high.
A big initiation fee does more than raise the risk that youll waste your
money if you lose interest; you also risk losing all or part of the fee
if the club goes out of business. In the past several years, many clubs
have failedand many members have lost their fees.
Some clubs require you to sign up for a year or more. While most clubs
let you pay monthly fees throughout a contracts duration, others demand
the full fee for a long-term contract upfront.
Low initiation fees and the availability of month-to-month memberships
may also be signs of quality. Clubs that require no initiation fees, or
only modest ones, or offer month-to-month memberships, display confidence
that you will be satisfied enough to continue your membership.
Most clubs will not release you from a term contract or refund payments
if you quit. By law, a club must stop requiring monthly payments or refund
a prorated share of prepaid fees if you quit because of medical reasons
or move out of the area. Some clubs will let you off the hook for monthly
fees or refund part of the annual fee in the absence of illness or moving.
In many cases, however, youll have to repay the club for any discounts
received for committing to a term or pay a cancellation fee.
For members who need to take some time off, many clubs defer monthly payments
during freeze periods. Or they may have you continue making discounted
payments on schedule but extend your membership and waive the initiation
fee when you become active again. Most clubs that allow freezes restrict
them to cases of illness or injury, pregnancy and childbirth, or temporary
relocation: You cant just take time off because the weather is nice. But
some clubs allow membership freezes regardless of the reason. Many have
a minimum length of freeze (for example, at least three months), a maximum,
or both. And some require you to pay monthly fees at a reduced rate for
the months when your membership is frozen.
Since the financial commitment of a club membership is substantial, and
some clubs employ aggressive sales tactics, California law provides for
a cooling-off period. You have five days after signing a contract to cancel
and get your money back. You should cancel in writing by certified or registered
mail. If you can persuade the club to give you a longer cooling-off period,
or trial period, than the law requires, take it. 3
Most health insurance plans offer discounts on health and fitness clubs
and other fitness-related purchases to promote healthy habitsor, if youre
a cynic, to attract a large pool of health-conscious customers who are
less likely to run up huge medical bills.
Some of these programs offer pretty good deals. For example:
Medicare Advantage policyholders with Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield
of California, Cigna, Health Net, Humana, UnitedHealthcare, and other plans
can get free or very low-cost memberships at participating fitness clubs
through the Silver Sneakers or Silver & Fit programs.
Members of Blue Shield of California who join 24 Hour Fitness facilities
pay no enrollment fees and monthly dues are discounted. Members who join
ClubSport facilities get either a 60 percent discount on enrollment fees
for month-to-month contracts or pay no enrollment fees for one-year contracts,
and get two free personal training sessions.
Many UnitedHealthcare plans reimburse members up to $240 per year per person
(both employee and spouse) for gym membership costs. Members are reimbursed
$20 each month that they work out at least 12 times.
Aetna and Anthem Blue Cross have relationships with GlobalFit.com,
which claims to offer the lowest rates for thousands of fitness centers.
(If you find a lower rate on your own, GlobalFit promises to reimburse
you the difference, plus five percent.) When we compared its rates with
what our shoppers were quoted, we found that most GlobalFit rates were
But it is harder to calculate the savings you might get through programs
offered by some insurance plans. Cigna and Kaiser Permanente, for example,
have relationships with ChooseHealthy.com, which like GlobalFit promises
big savings at participating clubs. Unfortunately, these discount programs
dont provide customers with detailed costs. A 10 percent discount sounds
fine, but if you still have to call or visit clubs to gather fee information,
you may be subjected to the hard sell that is common at some clubs. Remember,
many clubs show prospective customers inflated regular rates and then
offer discounts to create the illusion of value. If you dont have fee
information in advance, you wont know whether the discount your health
insurance plan offers really is a discount.
The message here? Push clubs for their lowest rates and then ask for any
discounts available through your health plan. And even if your health insurer
provides detailed cost information, dont limit your choices to participating
facilities. You may find a better deal at a club outside the program.
Below we list the local-government-run recreation centers we could identify
as having at least weight rooms/fitness centers and/or year-round swimming
James Kenney Recreation Center
1720 8th St., 510-981-6650
1700 Hopkins St., 510-981-5105
Campbell Community Center & Pool
1 W. Campbell Ave., 408-866-2105
Cupertino Sports Center
21111 Stevens Creek Blvd., 408-777-3160
Daly City (www.dalycity.org)
131 Westmoor Ave., 650-757-1034
Hayward Plunge Swim Center
24176 Mission Blvd., 510-881-6703
Menlo Park (www.menlopark.org)
Burgess Park Pools
501 Laurel St., 650-328-7946
Onetta Harris Community Center &
Belle Haven Pool
100 Terminal Ave., 650-330-2250
Mill Valley (http://cityofmillvalley.org)
Mill Valley Community Center
180 Camino Alto, 415-383-1370
Milpitas Sports Center
1325 E. Calaveras Blvd., 408-586-3225
Morgan Hill (www.morgan-hill.ca.gov)
Centennial Recreation Center
(operated with Mt. Madonna YMCA)
171 W. Edmundson
George M. Silliman Community Activity Center & Family Aquatics Center
Mowry Ave., 510-578-4620
Bushrod Recreation Center
560 59th St., 510-597-5031
East Oakland Sports Center
9161 Edes Ave., 510-615-5838
3860 Hanly Rd., 510-482-7852
371 45th St., 510-597-5013
Willie Keyes Recreation Center
3131 Union St., 510-597-5042
Jean E. Brink Swimming Pool
401 Paloma, 650-738-7460
Booker T. Anderson Community Center
960 S. 47th St., 510-620-6816
Parchester Community Center
900 Williams Dr., 510-620-6823
1 E. Richmond Ave., 510-620-6820
Richmond Recreation Complex
3230 Macdonald Ave., 510-620-6793
Richmond Swim Center
4300 Cutting Blvd., 510-620-6654
Shields-Reid Community Center
1410 Kelsey St., 510-620-6822
Rohnert Park (www.rpcity.org)
Callinan Sports and Fitness Center
5405 Snyder Ln., 707-588-3488
1170 Golf Course Dr., 707-586-1413
San Bruno (http://sanbruno.ca.gov)
Veterans Memorial Recreation Center
251 City Park Way, 650-616-7180
San Francisco (www.sfrecpark.org)
Havelock St. & San Jose Ave., 415-337-4701
Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center
1199 Mason St., 415-359-9103
Charlie Sava Pool
19th Ave. & Wawona St., 415-661-6327
1701 Visitacion Ave., 415-337-9085
26th & Harrison St., 415-695-5001
Gene Friend Recreation Center
270 6th St., 415-554-9532
Geary & Steiner St., 415-292-2008
Hamilton Recreation Center
1900 Geary Blvd., 415-292-2111
Martin Luther King Jr Pool
3rd St. & Armstrong, 415-822-2807
Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center
650 Capitol, 415-337-4710
Mission Community Pool
19th & Linda, 415-641-2841
Mission Recreation Center
2450 Harrison St., 415-695-5012
North Beach Pool
651 Lombard St., 415-391-0407
600 Arguello Blvd., 415-666-7014
San Jose (www.sanjoseca.gov)
Almaden Community Center
6445 Camden Ave., 408-268-1133
Bascom Community Center
1000 S. Bascom Ave., 408-794-6289
Camden Community Center
3369 Union Ave., 408-559-8553
Grace Community Center
484 E. San Fernando St., 408-293-0422
Mayfair Community Center
2039 Kammerer Ave., 408-794-1060
Roosevelt Community Center
901 E. Santa Clara St., 408-794-7555
Seven Trees Community Center
3590 Cas Dr., 408-794-1690
San Leandro (www.ci.san-leandro.ca.us)
San Leandro Boys & Girls Club Pool
401 Marina Blvd., 510-483-0832
South San Francisco (www.ssf.net)
Orange Memorial Pool
781 Tennis Dr., 650-875-6973
Terrabay Gymnasium & Recreation Ctr
1121 S. San Francisco Dr., 650-829-4680
Union City (www.ci.union-city.ca.us)
Mark Green Sports Center
31224 Union City Blvd., 510-675-5808
Walnut Creek (www.walnut-creek.org)
Clarke Memorial Swim Center
(located in Heather Farm Park)
1750 Heather Dr.,
Better Business Bureaus
Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
1112 S. Bascom Avenue
San Jose, CA 95128
All Other Bay Area Counties
1000 Broadway, #625
Oakland, CA 94607