Seattle Parks and Recreation aquatics programs

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Stay warm and fit this winter at one of our indoor pools!

Doggy paddle, breaststroke, butterfly, backstroke. We think it’s important to master one or two of these when you live in a city nearly surrounded by water. Our swimming pools offer swimming lessons, public swims and special events year-round, and best of all, they’re indoors. [Read more…]

Windermere Summer Splash comes to Green Lake Aug. 15

Green Lake

Green Lake

Come experience the Windermere Summer Splash at Green Lake from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15!

In addition to featuring corporate crew races, the event will celebrate summer fun and healthy activities for families. There will be food vendors, children’s activities, entertainment and opportunities to experience rowing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Windermere Summer Splash is sponsored by Windermere Real Estate in partnership with George Pocock Rowing Foundation and Seattle Parks and Recreation. Most activities will be located on the southwest corner of the park near the Green Lake Small Craft Center.

For more information, please visit

Join Seattle Parks and Recreation for the Emerald City Open Water Swim Aug. 15

Emerald City Open Water Swim event posterWhen you live in a city surrounded by water, sometimes you need to think bigger than a swimming pool. Join Seattle Parks for the annual Emerald City Open Water Swim at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 15, at Andrew’s Bay in Lake Washington (Seward Park, 5900 Lake Washington Blvd. S).

There will be a half-mile triangle course and a one-mile triangle course with 30-minute and one-hour time limits. Able swimmers ages 10+ can register for either the half-mile straight course or one-mile triangle course. Participants who want the ultimate challenge can register for both races at a discounted price.

Certified lifeguards will be on duty. Awards will be given to the top overall male and female swimmers, and every registered swimmer will receive a specially designed commemorative swim cap and shirt. [Read more…]

Kudos to lifeguards for helping to keep the public safe during peak swim season

Lifeguard training team

Seattle Parks and Recreation lifeguards work hard to keep the public safe during peak swim season.

Record-breaking temperatures have been plaguing Seattleites since the end of June, and there’s no relief in sight.

Seattleites have been clamoring to Seattle Parks’ public beaches, spray parks and indoor/outdoor pools to try and escape the heat. During the first 15 days of open public beaches, lifeguards made 29 water rescues compared to 14 at this time last year. Beach attendance numbers have nearly doubled since 2014. Our lifeguards have been working tirelessly to keep the public safe, and they’re efforts go largely unnoticed. Recently, a member of the public sent the Mayor a letter of commendation for Seattle Parks’ aquatics staff, and we wanted to share. [Read more…]

Beat the heat at beaches, pools, wading pools and sprayparks

Colman Pool

Colman Pool opens for the regular season June 20 at noon.

When it’s hot this summer, Seattle residents don’t need to go far to cool off. Seattle Parks and Recreation has a long list of places to get cool in the water, including beaches, wading pools and water spray features and outdoor pools.


2 Outdoor Pools

Parks operates two unique outdoor pools for summer fun. Each offers swimming lessons, family swimming, water exercise programs and special events. The pools can also be rented for special occasions.

Lowery C. “Pop” Mounger Pool, at 2535 32nd Ave. W, 206-684-4708, is open daily from May 9 through Sept. 7. Mounger Pool is really two pools in one place. The “big pool” has a 50-foot corkscrew slide and the warmer, shallower “little pool” is great for relaxing and for teaching little ones. Call the pool to reserve it for your own birthday party or other special event. [Read more…]

April Pools Day teaches water safety to Rainier Beach community

The second annual April Pools Day event at Rainier Beach Pool was a success! Thank you to the 150+ visitors who came to the pool and helped Seattle Parks and Recreation spread the word about water safety.

Later this summer, Green Lake Community Center/Evans Pool will be hosting low-cost life jacket sales on June 20, July 18 and Aug. 15. More details to come!

Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children's Hospital helps fit lifejackets.

Tizzy Bennett from Seattle Children’s Hospital helps fit a life jacket.


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Seattle Parks is hiring for summer lifeguards and other seasonal positions

UntitledSeattle Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Associated Recreation Council and 37 citywide advisory councils, is now accepting employment applications for various summer programs.

Temporary positions are available at 24 community centers, eight indoor swimming pools, two outdoor pools, two small craft centers and many public beaches and wading pools. To find information on the current available summer program opportunities and positions, take a look through the 2015 Summer Recreation Employment brochure. If you need more information regarding the programs or positions, please inquire with the appropriate contact person for the program in which you are interested.

For more general information on aquatics employment, visit the Aquatics Employment and Training webpage.

Get ready to splish, splash and dash to your local pool

Seattle Parks offers new discount for drop-in swims!

Seattle Parks and Recreation is proud to announce the introduction of discounted drop-in swims at its public pools. Beginning in 2015, individuals that qualify based on income and family size will be able to attend a swim session at a discounted rate.

In Seattle, a city surrounded by water, swimming is an essential life skill. Access and opportunity to both drop-in programs and swimming lessons are key. By learning to swim, individuals gain life skills, have a reduced risk of drowning death and gain opportunities for new activities.

Drop-in swimming programs offer vital opportunities for basic exposure to the water, development of swim skills and personal health. Currently, many discounts are offered based on age, special population needs, prepaid sessions and frequency of use. With recent City Council approval, in 2015 Seattle Parks will also begin to offer discounts for drop-in sessions to those who qualify. Eligibility will be based on family size and income level in accordance with Seattle Parks established application and approval process. For qualifying individuals, drop-in discount pricing will be $2 for recreational swims such as family swim, public swim or lap swim and $3 for fitness swims such as Water Exercise, Masters, or Swimstrong.

In 2014, Seattle Parks staff taught more than 320,000 swimming lessons at swimming pools and lifeguarded beaches. Seattle Parks scholarship process has greatly helped reduce the cost of swimming lessons by offering half-price lessons at pools for those who meet scholarship eligibility. Additional fundraising for supplemental scholarship helps ensure swim lessons are affordable for all through Seattle Parks ongoing partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital plus many individual donations.

You can be a super hero too!  Help a child learn to swim by making a donation to the Learn to Swim Seattle Parks Scholarship fund. Donate online:

For more information on pool schedules, location and pricing, please visit:


Low-cost life jackets for sale at Evans Pool on June 21

A small investment could potentially save the lives of loved ones or friends.

Seattle Parks and Recreation will hold sales of low-cost life jackets from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 21 at Evans Pool, 7201 E Green Lake Dr. N.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death among children ages 1 – 14 years old. Wearing a life jacket saves lives. Washington State law requires children ages 12 and younger to wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket or life vest on vessels shorter than 19 feet long. There must be a life jacket on board for each person older than 12.

The cost for life jackets sizes infant to youth large is $20, and for teens to adult size XXXL, is $30. The life jackets are comfortable, high-quality vests in fashion colors. All sales are final -sorry, Parks cannot offer refunds or returns.

Customers younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Fitters will be on site to help purchasers choose the correct size. The person for whom the jacket is being purchased must be present for proper fitting.

Parks will hold additional life jacket sales from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the following Saturdays:

  • July 19
  • August 16

Parks offers this program in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Mustang Survival, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Don’t miss this opportunity to purchase a stylish, Coast Guard-approved life jacket! For more information, please email Diane Jones, Seattle Parks and Recreation, at



Seattle Parks Summer Swim League registration is under way

Want to get in shape and have some fun this summer? Register for Summer Swim League!

Seattle Parks and Recreation offers a positive team experience for novice swimmers and teaches them the skills they need to become competitive swimmers in a fun, low-pressure environment. Registration is currently under way.

This is a novice league appropriate for kids of all ages, including those who are just being introduced to swimming, all the way up to high school students who swim for their school teams. Many parents have said that the program helped build their child’s self-esteem and swimming ability.

Participants must be 7-18 years old and able to swim in deep water for at least 25 yards (one length of the pool). The program includes up to five one-hour workouts each week, two dual meets and two larger championship meets.

Registration is open at Southwest, Rainier Beach, Queen Anne, Evans, Meadowbrook, Madison and Medger Evers pools. Practice times vary, depending on the pool and the child’s age.

The cost for the program is $130 and includes a team t-shirt. There is a low-income option ($65) available for those who qualify.

The program begins on Monday, June 23, and ends with the All-City Swim Meet on Saturday, Aug. 2.

To register, please click HERE. Registration closes on June 23 or when the program fills up.