As the Pacific Northwest begins to welcome the sun and more temperate weather once again, spring’s hazy promise of summer also brings a clear need for improving swimming skills. Fortunately, swimming establishments abound in the Seattle area. From Queen Anne to Westlake to Green Lake, Seattle has pools that offer classes for every age group and ability level. The Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a total of 10 pools in the Seattle area, eight of which are indoors and two of which are outdoors. Classes at area pools range from group to private to lessons for the special needs population.
Seattle Parks and Recreation – Queen Anne Pool
1920 1st Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Located in the picturesque historic area of Queen Anne, the Queen Anne Pool is 25 yards long with six lanes, a one-meter diving board and a three-meter diving board. The Queen Anne Pool is one of 10 run by the Seattle Parks and Recreation and offers ADA accessibility, including an ADA lift and permanent access stairs. This pool offers swim classes for parents and tots, children ages three to five, beginning youth lessons, advanced youth lessons, adult swim lessons, private lessons and lessons for the special needs population. Lessons begin with a focus on basic water and aquatic skills and progress on to stroke refinement, skill proficiency and personal water safety. The pool also offers private one-on-one lessons for those seeking concentrated instruction and springboard diving lessons to learn proper diving techniques.
Safe N Sound Swimming
2040 Westlake Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
Safe N Sound, which offers private lessons only, now has two locations: one in Seattle and one in Issaquah. This pool books lessons in 15-minute increments that allow each student the undivided attention of their instructor during each 15- to 30-minute session. Safe N Sound provides lessons for children as young as two years of age and lessons run year-round. Parents can also sign their children up for an evaluation lesson prior to committing to lessons, at which point they will need to pay an annual fee.
Seattle Parks and Recreation
2535 32nd Ave. W.
Seattle, WA 98119
Mounger Pool actually offers two outdoor pools: the big pool, heated to 85 degrees and offering five lanes, and the little pool, which is heated to 94 degrees and is more appropriate for teaching young swimmers. This pool offers group and private classes with tot lessons, three-year-old lessons, kinder lessons, beginning youth lessons, advanced youth lessons and adult lessons. The summer swimming schedule for Mounger Pool goes from May 11 through September 8. Seattle Children’s Hospital is sponsoring a limited scholarship fund to ensure that eligible low-income students aged four to 16 can still learn how to swim.
Seattle Athletic Club
2020 Western Ave.
www.seattleathleticclubdowntown.comThe Seattle Athletic Club is located in downtown Seattle and offers numerous swimming classes for all skill levels. Most swim lessons are private, one-on-one lessons that are scheduled according to each student’s availability. The Seattle Athletic Club hosts the USA Swimming Team and Aqua Dynamics Team (AQUA) year-round. AQUA provides a fun, safe and encouraging atmosphere to instill a love of water sports for all ages and capabilities.
Seattle Parks and Recreation – Evans Pool
7201 E. Green Lake Drive N.
Seattle, WA 98115
Evans Pool is located in the picturesque Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle and offers a 25-yard, six-lane pool with a one-meter diving board. This pool offers lessons for all ages and abilities, including private lessons, tot lessons and adult lessons. For those who are interested, water exercise classes, including hydrofit exercise classes and aqua jogging, are also available. This pool offers ADA accessibility, including lifts and portable chairs.
Tracy Campion is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.