Swimming in Upland

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At Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark, the sun's rays sift through tall palms and glisten on explosions of water as families rocket out of twirly slides into the pool. After shooting out of those slides, they can grab a tube and head for the lazy river, then clamber over a marooned pirate ship surrounded by cannon walls and benches made from wharf planks. A skull rock keeps watch while some take respite from the heat beneath canopies resembling sails. To keep kids 48" and shorter giggling, there's a Spray Pad Zone with fountains to run through and cascades of water, a zero-depth beach, and dumping buckets. The adjacent 25-yard pool is open to all ages, giving guests ample room to play Marco Polo or a game of underwater chess.

At the end of the day, everyone can refuel at the Big Backyard Grille. There, families dine on pizzas and burgers and keep cool with Hawaiian shaved ice. Splash! Buccaneer Bay Waterpark offers free parking, and life jackets and tubes are included at no extra charge.

13806 La Mirada Blvd.
La Mirada,
CA
US

Underneath blue skies, students geared up in masks, fins, and snorkels dive into an outdoor, heated training pool to learn how to breathe underwater. As students acclimate to the water, certified instructors lead them through courses of varying levels, such as the introductory Discover Scuba course, that teach breathing basics and safety techniques. After mastering the fundamentals, Scuba Schools of America can take water enthusiasts to the beach or out into the Pacific for open-water dives where they'll implement full dive-planning methods and artistic poses atop opened clamshells. For those seeking certification, Scuba Schools of America teaches intensive classes and specialty programs such as underwater photography and rescue diving.

4420 Holt Blvd
Montclair,
CA
US

The crew at Brian Anderson Dive and Scuba School is all about extreme adventure, and the proof is in the company name—whose abbreviation spells out an extreme acronym. They lead a variety of certification programs for students who wish to stretch their sea legs, including regular and advanced open-water certification, rescue diving, emergency first responder, and Divemaster. They also organize diving trips to remote locales such as Cozumel, Thailand, Fiji, Australia, and the Bahamas. The team works with each student on an individual level, allowing them to complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, and at their own budget.

7608 pepper st
rancho cucamonga,
CA
US

Giovanni Cogua?s daughters could swim before they could walk. A seasoned instructor with more than 20 years of swim-instructing experience, Giovanni trained a staff that leads group and private lessons for all ages and skill levels. Cogua Aquatics is home to indoor, saltwater, and heated pools. The team their, conduct fun lessons that focus on swimming with confidence and proper technique. Students often use kickboards and other flotation devices to help them master fundamentals such as the free stroke, butterfly, and backstroke.

14682 Central Ave
Chino,
CA
US

On hot, sticky summer days, DropZone Waterpark plunges guests of all ages into the cool refreshing depths of swimming pools. The scent of chlorine fills the air as kids sprint from slide to pool and back again, shrieking in delight each time they splash into the water. Guests stop by The Fill Station for refreshments like a family four pack of cheeseburgers. The park offers both daily admission passes and season passes for the whole family.

4310 Camino Real
Riverside,
CA
US

If you wanted to skip a stone from one end of Lake Gregory to another, you'd have to have quite an arm. Nestled in the San Bernadino Mountains, the lake sprawls across 84 acres?that's 60 football fields?which means it's vast enough for every type of aquatic entertainment. An inflatable play structure dubbed Splash Island floats on its surface, welcoming youngsters to swim, climb, and zoom down a waterslide. Fishermen tour the lake to bait its trophy-sized trout, which are stocked twice monthly. Other visitors explore the waves on rental kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, and aqua cycles, which are much more useful than a regular bike wearing water wings.

24171 Lake Dr.
Crestline,
CA
US