Bruin Swim Club

Welcome to the Bruin Swim Club (BRSC), a year around program with the 2 weeks closure over the winter break and observing all the government holidays.

Bruin Swim Club is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 17 and combines a competitive spirit with training that is developmentally appropriate. Our high-quality coaching encourages the achievement of each individual and enforces athletic training, motivational support, and having fun.

If you are interested in this program, please feel free to register for the swim test/evaluation at this link: TRYOUT

Tryouts will be held on Wednesdays at 6pm at Student Activity Center. Register for Tryouts.

The minimum club requirement is ability to swim 50 y freestyle.

The parent/guardian will need to create an account with UCLA Recreation then add their dependent(s) to their profile. Once you have completed the tryouts and have been approved, you will receive an email from the coach with a link to register for the club and all other information.

Contact Information

If you have any further questions about Bruin Swim Club, please use the following contact information:

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Ivan Podvalov

Assistant Head Coach

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Nicolas Gladkov

Substitute Coach

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Olivia Vignec

Deck Coordinator & Substitute Coach

Esmeralda Garcia

Deck Coordinator

Learn More about Bruin Swim Club

About the Club


To learn how to make swimming a lifestyle. By making swimming a lifestyle, you learn what it means to be committed and disciplined, how to live and enjoy the moment, and how to set long-term goals. We want our swimmers to have fun while they are working hard. The rewards will come through commitment, hard work, and enjoyment of this special sport. Goals: Swimmers receive excellent technique training in all swimming strokes. Swimmers gain strength and endurance in all swimming strokes. Swimmers learn the language of competitive swimming and interval training and how to pace themselves in meets. Swimmers are encouraged to become self-disciplined and self-motivated. Swimmers participate in a multi-age group club that promotes friendship and supporting one another.


Primary LocationStudent Activities Center Pool

220 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Other pools on campus that we might be using:

North Pool at Kaufman Hall

120 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Family Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

111 Easton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Park Pool at Sunset Canyon Recreation Center

111 Easton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Dirks Pool at Spieker Aquatics Center

114 Easton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Group Requirements 

  • Level 1: Ability to swim 50 yards freestyle breathing to the side  
  • Level 2: Basic knowledge of all 4 strokes and ability to swim 200y freestyle  
  • Level 3: Knowledge of all 4 stokes and ability to perform an endurance test - 6x 100y freestyle on interval 2:20.  
  • Level 4: More advanced knowledge of all 4 strokes and ability to perform an endurance test of 8 x100 freestyle on interval 1:50 min  

Swimmers will be tested/evaluated for an opportunity to advance to the next level by the end of each Spring/ Summer / Fall/ Winter quarter.  


Once you have completed the tryouts and have been approved, you will receive an email from the coach with a link to register for the club and all other information.  

Returning members can access their account here:


  • February 3-4, 2024 location TBA  
  • April 13-14, 2024  location TBA  
  • June 8-9, 2024  location  TBA  

Swim Clinics

  • January 21, 2024 - Front Dives (open to all levels )  
  • February  25, 2024 - Open Turns for Butterfly and Breaststroke (minimum requirement ability to swim 25 y breaststroke)
  • March 24, 2024  - Freestyle Flip Turns (open to all levels ) 


Attend a tryout! Tryouts are offered every Wednesday at Student Activity Center at 6 PM. Please register for the tryouts. Tryout Registration.

Once you have completed the tryouts and have been approved, you will receive an email from the coach with a link to register for the club and all other information.


Bruin Swim Club Level 1-2
Student- $150/session
Faculty/Staff- $200/session
Alumni/Community- $225/session

Bruin Swim Club Level 3-4
Student- $175/session
Faculty/Staff- $225/session
Alumni/Community- $250/session


Session Options/Times:

1 session is 1 month from 1-31st

We do not prorate, no make-up or changing the days of the sessions is possible.

  • Level 1-2: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 4 PM - 5 PM  AND/OR 
  • Level 1-2: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Tu/Th 4 PM - 5 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 11 AM AND/OR 
  • Level 1-2 Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday Tu/Th 5 PM - 6 PM , Sat. 11 AM - 12 PM  
  • Level 3-4: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 5 PM - 6 PM   

If you have any questions please feel free to email Coach Julia at or Coach Ivan at 

Elite Coaching Swim Lessons  

Elite Coaching Request Form

Priority is given to the kids who are interested in joining the swim team.

Social Events

Holiday Party  

Date: December 9, 2023

Location: SAC Pool Conference Room #1

Time: 5 PM - 7 PM

Swim Equipment

Swim equipment needed at workouts for all levels:  

Swim cap pick up is at the check in/ out at the pool  


You can purchase any of these or similar items anywhere you like, this is just an example of what we will need for the workouts.  

Club Policies


The Bruin Swim Club has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY! Bullying, Sexual Harassment, and Misconduct of any kind WILL NOT be tolerated. The swimmer will receive a warning and be disciplined accordingly. If the issue persists the swimmer will be suspended from club activities.  

A. Never interfere with the progress of another swimmer either physically or verbally during practice or otherwise.  

B. Swimmers must be punctual for all practices and meets. Swimmers are to be dressed five minutes before the start of practice and on deck ready to practice per their coach’s instruction.  

C. Pay attention and follow instructions at all times.  

D. During practice sessions, swimmers are never to leave the pool area without the coach's permission.  

E. Follow instructions from the lifeguards and all posted safety rules, such as no running on the pool deck.  

F Swimmers are expected to behave responsibly in the locker rooms. Use of the facilities is a privilege. Bruin Swim Club members are guests while on campus (both swimmers and parents). Every member of the club needs to respect this privilege. Damages to University property may result in financial liability for the swimmer's parents. Any damage may also result in suspension from Bruin Swim Club.  

G. No loitering in the bathrooms during practice.  

H. Any swimmer who is known to use alcohol, drugs, or tobacco is subject to suspension and/or expulsion from the team.  

I. At all club functions, whether practice, meets, or social gatherings, we expect each swimmer to behave in such a way that their actions reflect positively on the team.  

J. All members of the club, whether parents or swimmers are expected to protect and improve the integrity and reputation of the club.  

K. We do not prorate, no make up sessions or changing the days of the session.


Day-use Lockers will be available at the Student Activities Center Pool.  


Punctuality is extremely important. Your child should arrive at practice on time, preferably 15 minutes prior to the scheduled workout time so that he/she will have sufficient time to change and check in for practice. Pick-up has to be no later than 15 min after the practice time.  

To ensure safety, well-organized, and effective coaching instructions, we have no parents on the deck policy. 


If your child requires medication during the practice and/or meets it must be noted on their emergency form. We are prohibited from dispensing over-the-counter medications or supplements.  


Lost and Found items are stored at the facility in which they were lost. After two weeks, unclaimed lost and found items are donated to charity. UCLA Recreation is not responsible for any items lost during practice or meets. We highly encourage you to not allow children to bring valuable items to practices or meets. All personal items should be clearly labeled with their first and last names in permanent ink.  


Parking is available for hourly use in Parking Lot 4. Parking can be purchased at the kiosk or by following the app directions posted. There isn’t an option for load in/load out or drop off/pick up. Parents are required to check in and pick up all swim club members. Children under 12 will not be allowed to leave without a parent present for pick up.  


Recreation employees are mandated by California State Law to report any suspected cases of child abuse or neglect directly to the appropriate authorities for investigation. While we have established internal procedures to facilitate reporting and apprising supervisors, we cannot by law require our employees to disclose his or her identity to anyone.  


Please send your child to practice with waterproof sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), with your child's name clearly marked on it. Helpful Suggestion: Try applying all-day waterproof sunscreen