Aquatics General Info

UCPA Aquatics General Information

The University Club of Palo Alto is pleased to offer year-round programs for youths and adults.  With the year round coaching, there is a passion for swimming at the University Club. Our heated, 25-yard outdoor pool with diving well is open year-round from 5:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M.   A children's wading pool is also available during the summer months. University Club is proud to offer programs for all ages and abilities by our experience staff. All aquatics programming is under the supervision of the Aquatics Director.

  • Facility Rules & FAQ's
    • SWIM AT YOUR OWN RISK WHEN LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT ON DUTY. 

      • Hours: 5am – 9pm daily (unless otherwise posted)
      • NO GLASS OF ANY KIND IS PERMITTED IN THE POOL AREA OR LOCKER ROOMS
      • Sign-in & Guests: All members & guests must register at the sign-in desk.
      • Guests must be accompanied by a member.
      • Dress Code: Proper Swim Attire is required at all times. No cut-offs, thong swimsuits or nudity
      • Swim Diapers:  Infants and children that are NOT potty trained are not permitted to enter the main pool, and may use the wading pool instead. Accidents may force closure of the pool.
      • Locker Room: Men’s & Women’s locker rooms available daily 5am-12am. Locker Rental- Contact Member Services.
      • Unsafe Behavior: No running, splashing, pushing or other unsafe or improper behavior permitted in the pool or on the deck.
      • UCPA reserves the right to remove swimmers without adequate swimming skills or proper supervision.
      • UCPA reserves the right to remove members exhibiting unsafe or unacceptable behavior.
      • Youth Recreation Swimming: Children 12 & under may not enter the pool without adult supervision.
      • Children who cannot swim are NOT permitted to enter the pool unless accompanied by an adult.
      • UCPA permits Coast Guard approved flotation devices with adult supervision.
      • Lifeguards are on duty Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day.
      • Diving Board Available for seasonal use when lifeguards are on duty.
      • Pool BBQ Area Use: Contact Activities Coordinator, Melanie Carlsen for more info. Pool BBQ use is subject to restriction due to aquatics programming and high pool usage.
  • Lap Lane Schedule
  • Coach Bios
    • Matt Schubert
      Coach

      Bio: Coach Matt Schubert grew up in San Jose, CA and began swimming at the age of 5 years old for Los Gatos Swim and Racquet Club.  Matt’s parents introduced him to year round competitive swimming as an activity to participate in while his favorite sport, Baseball, was in its offseason.  As a member of Santa Clara Swim Club, Coach Matt’s swim career took off. At Bellarmine College Prep he was a four year Varsity athlete for swimming and water polo.

      During his time spent in high school Matt was part of six Section Championship aquatics teams with individual honors such as a First Team CCS Water Polo selection and three year CCS finalist.  Coach Matt’s college years were spent at University of California Santa Barbara on a swimming scholarship. UCSB obtained two Big West Conference Championships while Matt was part of the team. His commitment to the team and school led to Matt being selected as Team Captain during his Senior Year in 2004.  While finishing up school Matt helped out the UCSB program as a Volunteer Assistant Coach, as well as coaching for the Santa Barbara Water Polo Club.

      This would be the beginning of what has been a rewarding and successful coaching career. Coach Matt’s relocation to Northern California came with position as the Head Varsity Coach for the swim and water polo programs of Saratoga High School, as well as the Head Age Group Coach for Stanford Water Polo Club.  In March of 2009 Matt came to University Club and took the reins of the Sharks summer swim team and seasonal programs.



      Sarah Gutierrez
      Coach

      Bio: Sarah began swimming competitively at the age of 11 for West Coast Aquatics in San Jose. She continued in high school as part of Archbishop Mitty’s three-time Central Coast Section (CCS) Championship teams. She was acknowledged for both her academic and athletic excellence with a scholarship to the University of the Pacific where she earned a BFA in Graphic Design. During summers in high school and college, Sarah discovered the rewards of sharing her love of swimming by teaching and coaching young kids.

      She continued to coach and offer private lessons during her time at Ladera Oaks as a Head Instructor for the Jim Gorman Swim School and as the PSA Head Coach. It is her belief that when swimmers accomplish something they didn’t think possible, or overcome their fears, it is “equivalent to winning a gold medal”. She loves that her swimmers can carry the confidence they gain in the pool into other parts of their lives. In 2018, Sarah earned her Masters in Sport Management from University of San Francisco. When she isn’t on the pool deck, you will find her playing tennis, hanging with friends and traveling.



  • Aquatics Committee
    • Maintain a working and cooperative relationship with the Aquatics Director/Head Swim Coach; help develop pool rules and policies; provide constructive feedback; provide support and assistance with aquatics programs and events, including fundraising, volunteer coordination, set-up and orchestration of swim meets; promote and support all aquatics programs within the membership and community.
      Board Liaison
      Jon Ward
      Chairperson
      Matt Schubert
      Members
       Jonathan Manson, Allison Munichiello, Kirk Latour, Colleen Backstrand, Suzanne Shultz, Helen Cittadino & Yee Lee.

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