827. Swimming Pool

A lot of the young women who camped here at Asilomar loved sports, and the YWCA was always looking for recreational activities for them. They found a friend in San Francisco philanthropist Mrs. Herbert Fleishhacker. In 1927, she donated $7,500 to the YWCA to build a saltwater swimming pool. The pool was filled each day with salt water, piped in straight from the ocean—complete with pieces of kelp and possibly small marine invertebrates. It was like swimming in an ocean aquarium. The pool was emptied each night to keep the pool clean. In 1951, the pool was converted to fresh water. And in the 1960s, it was finally heated. The pool is reserved for those guests staying overnight here at Asilomar. There is no lifeguard on duty. Children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult.