Indoor pools: Family guide to Seattle-area public swims (2023)

Indoor pools, updated February 23, 2023: When the weather is rainy and cold and kids are restless, there’s no better way to provide a workout than to take them for a public swim. It’s a workout for parents too, however: all the items to schlep along, the noise of the pool, and running the risk that your toddler will dash out of the locker room, and you’ll have no choice but to pursue in the nude.

On the other hand, after an hour or so of pool play, your kids will pose far less threat to your furniture and the house will be a more peaceful place.

Note: Check each pool for COVID protocols, if any.

Indoor pools: Multi-activity

Lynnwood Recreation Center

18900 44th Ave W, Lynnwood 98036

The Lynnwood Rec Center pool offers waterslides, a lazy river, a water play area with tipping water buckets and a family hot tub. Accordingly, open and recreational swims routinely sell out, so it’s a good idea to arrive early or call ahead to make sure they have tickets (you can do this up to two weeks in advance). Note that there are sometimes lap swims going on concurrently. Schedules may change due to staffing challenges.

Admission: $6/adult; $5.75/youth 13-17, $5.50/child 2-12

Check times on the Rec Center schedule.

Snohomish Aquatic Center

516 Maple Ave., Snohomish 98290

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Snohomish Aquatic Center features a ton of great water features for kids of various ages: a lap pool; a warm-water pool, a lazy river; a massive, enclosed waterslide; a spray-play section and two shallow areas for smaller kids (one that’s a zero-depth entry zone for tiny kids or folks with physical limitations). Coolest of all, there’s a FlowRider machine for simulated surfing. Kids over 42 inches can ride boogie boards there and kids over 52 inches can ride the stand-up board.

Fees: $6/adult, $5/youth

Check the pool schedule for more information.

Weyerhauser Aquatic Center

650 SW Campus Dr., Federal Way

The Weyerhauser pool features two separate swimming areas: their main pool and a recreational pool with a pirate’s-cove theme. This is a popular venue for swim meets, so check for possible cancellations before heading out. Pool is open now through March 2023 and will close again for all of Summer 2023 for renovations.

Fees: Public and family swims are $3.25/person

For more information check the swim schedule.

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Indoor pools: Seattle Parks and Recreation

Seattle has eight indoor pools with regular public swim times. Children under 6 or under 48 inches in height must stay within arm’s-length of an accompanying adult.

There are four types of swim:

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Public Swims, all age groups are invited (all pools);
Family Swims, geared toward kids and caregivers who are in the water with them (Ballard, Madison, Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach);
Pool Playland, for kids five and under with accompanying caregivers (Ballard, Madison, Meadowbrook, Queen Anne, Rainier Beach); and
Women’s Single-Gender Swims, during which all swimmers and pool staff are female and pool windows are covered (ages 10 and up at Meadowbrook, 12 and up at Rainier Beach).

Fees: $6/adult, $4/youth

Ballard Pool

1471 NW 67th St., Seattle 98107

Ballard Pool has six swimming lanes, a diving board, rope swing, slide and a warm-water pool, in addition to family changing rooms.

For more information check the pool schedule.

Evans Pool

7201 E Green Lake Dr. N, Seattle 98115

This Green Lake neighborhood pool is open with a shortened schedule. Check on website for more details.

Madison Pool

13401 Meridian Ave. N, Seattle 98133

This pool has six lanes, a teaching pool with shallow water for lessons and two diving boards, one at 1 meter and one at 3 meters. One advantage of this arrangement is that there are times when kids can do a public swim in the teaching pool, while a caregiver does laps in the main pool.

For more information check out the Madison Pool schedule.

Meadowbrook Pool

10515 35th Ave. NE, Seattle 98125

Meadowbook’s six-lane pool has 1- and 3-meter diving boards, rope swing, sauna and family changing rooms. Due to staffing shortages, expect schedules to change.

Check out the pool schedule here.

Medgar Evers Pool

500 23rd Ave., Seattle 98122

Closed for Summer 2022.

Queen Anne Pool

1920 1st Ave. W, Seattle 98119

Closed for Summer 2022

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Rainier Beach Pool

8825 Rainier Ave. S, Seattle 98118

The pool at Rainier Beach has several amenities, including a giant slide, lazy river, spray feature, warm pool, spa and sauna.

Check out the swim schedule for Rainier Beach Pool.

Southwest Pool

2801 SW Thistle St, Seattle 98126

The Southwest Pool offers six lanes and two diving boards, a 102-degree therapy pool and a sauna. Operating on a reduced schedule.

For pool times check out the Southwest Pool schedule.

Indoor pools: south of town

Evergreen Community Aquatic Center

606 SW 116th St, Seattle

This White Center neighborhood pool has public swims as well as gender-specific swims.

Fees: $5/adult, $4/youth

For more information about times check out the Aquatic Center schedule.

Tukwila Pool

4414 S 144th St, Tukwila

Among the amenities: a diving board and a slide. They have open swims and family swims. The pool slide is closed due to staff shortages. Also open swim is only open to the first 50 participants. Please call ahead to see if the pool is at capacity.

Fees: The fees have recently been increased, please see the website for more details.

For more information on swim times, check out the Tukwila schedule here.

Mount Rainier Pool

22722 19th Ave. S, Des Moines

This is a six-lane pool with a movable bulkhead between deep and shallow ends. Some drop-in programs, including teen nights.

Fees: $4/adult non-resident, $3.50/adult resident, $3.75/youth non-resident, $3/youth resident; $1/teen on teen nights

For more information about pool times, check the swim schedule.

Lindbergh Pool

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16740 128th Ave SE Renton, WA 98058

The six-lane Lindbergh Pool includes a diving board and family locker room. Some services are phasing in, so best to call ahead. Will open on August 1.

Fees: $5/adult, $4/youth 3-17, punch passes are available

Check out the swim schedule for more information.

Hazen Pool

1101 Hoquiam Ave NE, Renton 98059

No services available at this time. Pool is closed for renovations.

Covington Aquatic Center

18230 SE 240th St, Covington

The pool has a diving board, rope swing, slide and a big red floating “octopus.” There are public swims most days.

Fees: $4.50/individual or $13.50/family

Check the swim schedule for more information on open swim days and times.

Indoor pools: Eastside

Bellevue Aquatic Center

601 143rd Ave. NE, Bellevue 98007

Pool will be closed Aug 20 to Sept 5 2022 for maintenance.

Bellevue Aquatic features two pools, one for lap swimming and the other is a warm-water pool for therapeutic use. The lap pool features a diving board and a 10-foot slide. Open swims sometimes coincide with lap swims.

FEES: $7/adult, $6/youth

View the Aquatic Center schedule here.

Mary Wayte Pool

8815 SE 40th St, Mercer Island 98040

Mercer Island’s pool has shallow and deep areas separated by a bulkhead. There are lots of open and family swim hours available in the shallow pool, some of them coinciding with lap swims in the deep pool. Please reserve your spot for individual or family swim.

Fees: $6/adult, $4.50/youth

View the swim schedule for more information.

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Julius Boehm Pool

50 SE Clark St, Issaquah 98027

This Issaquah pool has shallow and deep areas separated by a bulkhead., with recreational swims daily. Passes include use of the fitness area and open gym as well as the pool.

Fees: $6/adult, $5/youth, $15/family

View the Julius Boehm schedule of swims for day and time information.

Juanita Aquatics Center

10601 NE 132nd St, Kirkland 98034

This pool in Kirkland has open swim times several days per week; it’s a good idea to check the website before you go. The swims may be canceled for swim meets, particularly on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.

Fees: $5/drop in

Check the Juanita Aquatics schedule for more information.

Redmond Pool

Wave Aquatics

17535 NE 104th St,Redmond 98052


See website for schedule and pricing.

Indoor pools: north end

Mountlake Terrace Pool

5303 228th St SW, Mountlake Terrace 98043

Mountlake Terrace’s pool features a lazy river and a leisure pool with an entry that mimics a beach.

Fees: Adults are $5.75/non-resident, $5.25/resident, $4.75/ youth 1-15 non-resident, $4.25/youth resident

Check out the Mountlake Terrace Pool schedule for open swim times.

Shoreline Pool

The Shoreline Pool is permanently closed.


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For a family of 3-5 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 16 x 32ft. For a family of 6-8 people, we recommend a minimum pool size of 18 x 36ft.

How do you calculate pool capacity for people? ›

Length x width x average depth x 7.5 = volume (in gallons)

Measure the length, width, and average depth of the pool, rounding each measurement off to the nearest foot or percentage of one foot.

What is the swim Seattle program? ›

Swim Seattle is a new initiative that will combine the efforts of YMCA, Public Health—Seattle & King County, Associated Recreation Council, Washington State Parks, No More Under, Seattle Children's, and the University of Washington to remove barriers to learning to swim and to eradicate disproportionate drownings among ...

What is the best size above ground pool for a family of 5? ›

Size up your pool.

Round pools start at 12 feet in diameter, with 24-foot-diameter pools, which can fit four to five people, being the most popular choice, Carnes says. The most popular oval pools are 15 feet by 30 feet. The depth of your pool depends on the wall height.

What is a good size pool for a family of 7? ›

It's recommended having a depth fewer than six feet to meet most pool needs. For a family of six to eight people, an 18 foot by 36-foot pool is recommended. This should be sufficient to avoid crowding and allow for the playing of games. Rectangle shaped pools look best for this size.

What is the most common indoor pool size? ›

The most common pool size and shape is a 16 by 32-foot rectangle. That's the minimum size you need for an 8-foot deep end. That gives you 8 feet of the shallow end. Bump up to a 16 by 40-foot pool, and you double your shallow end to 16 feet.

How many people can fit in a 12x24 pool? ›

A 12' x 24' foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 4-5 average size adults to swim, float and play. There are approximately 6,800 gallons in a 52" above ground pool and requires approximately 2 cubic yards of sifted(playground) sand to create a 2" layer under the liner and create a sand cove.

How do you calculate capacity of people in an area? ›

This can be determined by dividing the area of the venue/room/field (m2) by an occupancy factor.

How many people can fit in 15x30 pool? ›

A 15'x30' foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 7-8 average size adults to swim, float and play.

What is secret swimming? ›

Secret Swimming is a worldwide community of underwater people who are passionate about swimming and discovering secret places. We will meet every few months to swim in the wildest places , rivers, streams, ponds, iced lakes, wild seas, reservoirs.

What is NCSA swimming? ›

National Club Swimming Association Home.

What is a swimming scholarship? ›

To earn a swimming scholarship, student-athletes must show the coach how they could contribute to the team's overall success at the conference and national level.

How deep is the average family swimming pool? ›

How Deep Are Swimming Pools On Average? On average, research has shown that 8 feet are the depth of a backyard pool that most people often go for. However, this average depth is required for pools with a diving board, because anything less than 8 feet can be quite dangerous for divers.

What is a good pool depth for kids? ›

Safe pool depth for children

A shallow end of the pool, anywhere from 2-3 feet deep, will hopefully make for a nice wading and swimming practice area, with 4-5 feet deep at the other end for adults to enjoy.

What is a good depth for a family pool? ›

Most “fun” pools should have a minimum depth of three feet to accommodate for both adults and children, and a maximum depth of four to five feet, for safety. Swimmers who swim laps seriously should look for a minimum depth of five feet, and a length of 25 meters. What's the ideal safe height for adults?

What is the standard pool size public? ›

In general, the average size of an in-ground rectangular swimming pool is 10×20 feet for smaller pools and 20×40 feet for larger pools.

Is a 7 foot pool deep enough? ›

For residential pools, the standard maximum depth of an inground pool is usually 8 feet. But pool builders can build deeper pools. If you plan to install a diving board, 8 feet is the minimum depth you will need in the deep end. This depth is deep enough for diving in safely with a diving board.

Is 7 feet deep enough for a pool? ›

The American Red Cross recommends a minimum of 9 feet of water depth for head first dives including dives from pool decks.

Is a 12 by 24 pool big enough? ›

The average small inground pool is around 12 feet wide and 24 feet long and a little over 5 feet deep. A pool of this size can adequately provide space for everything that most average households need.

Is 20 by 40 a big pool? ›

A 20 foot by 40 foot inground pool is by no means the largest swimming pool you can build or install. However, it is a very popular size for larger pools.

What is considered a small pool? ›

A small, or 'boutique' swimming pool is typically considered to be one that is 600 square feet or less. Depending on the shape, size, and design, a small inground swimming pool could still be used for aquatic exercise, as well as purely for recreation.

How many people can fit in a 10x30 pool? ›

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How many people can fit in a 12x18 pool? ›

12' x 18' Above Ground Pools are the perfect fit for those with a small family or with a fair amount of space. A 12' x 18' foot pool will comfortably fit 2-3 average size adults to swim, float and play.

What is the maximum bather load for pool? ›

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How many people can fit in a 15x24 pool? ›

A 15'x24' foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 6-7 average size adults to swim, float and play. There are approximately 8,500 gallons in a 52" above ground pool and requires approximately 2 cubic yards of sifted(playground) sand to create a 2" layer under the liner and create a sand cove.

How many people can fit in 15ft pool? ›

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Here are just a few reasons why it is important to wear approved pool attire: Street clothes (especially those made of cotton) can transport air and waterborne contaminants to the pool. Absorbent materials such as cotton can break down in the water.

What does JRS mean in swimming? ›

Junior Nationals are exclusively for swimmers age 18 and under and the meet is held each December (short course) and August (long course). This meet serves as a stepping stone to the top national and international level meets for 18 and under athletes. USA Swimming National Championships/ Olympic Trials/ US Open.

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AAU Swimming is not in competition with USA Swimming.

AAU Swimming has adopted USA Swimming's technical rules and, like the YMCA, will offer additional competitive opportunities to the swimming community. USA Swimming has committed to help us expand the sport by allowing us to utilize their vast resources as well.

Do people get paid to swim? ›

If they're not competing in the International Swim League or winning medals at the Olympics, swimmers can earn money through their country's national governing body. In the United States, the Athlete Partnership Agreement (APA) ensures that swimmers will receive a salary of roughly $40,000 per year. The only catch?

How do you get a full ride scholarship in swimming? ›

Having a high enough GPA or SAT/ACT score is the passport to obtaining a swimming scholarship. Achievements in the pool will count for nothing if you do not have the right academic grades. The College Sports America team has the ability and the experience to steer you through the qualification process.

Is there prize money in swimming? ›

For each meet the top 20 male and female athletes will share USD $224,000 prize money ($112,000 per gender). At the end of the series additional USD 262,000 per gender, which will be awarded to the top eight men and women athletes, based on their overall ranking.

What size is a above ground pool for 6 people? ›

A 6-person above ground pool ranges in size from 24′ to 54” wide x 48” to 54” long. For a family of six with occasional fun, go with a smaller pool that is around 36′ or 40′ wide by 52″ to 56″ long.

Is a 24 foot pool big enough? ›

It is easy to figure out how many people will fit in a pool. Although not a limit, but used as a guideline, it is common to have no more than 1 swimmer per 15 square feet. If you have a 24-foot round pool you will be able to have roughly 30 swimmers.

How many people can swim in a 27 foot round pool? ›

27' Above Ground Pools are the perfect fit for those with a small to mid-size family or with a reasonable amount of yard space. A 27 foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 5-6 average size adults to swim, float and play.

How many people can fit in a 12ft pool? ›

🏊【We Care About Your Fun】12ft swimming pool is above ground pool,It can accommodate 4 people at the same time to play in the pool together. The above ground swimming pool is a good way to exercise and decompress after work and study. It is the best choice for relaxing in your backyard in the hot summer.

What is a normal residential pool size? ›

So, what is the average size of a residential swimming pool? Most backyard pools are between 10 to 20 feet wide by 20 to 40 feet long and 6 to 8 feet deep. Check out these swimming pool options and how to determine the best size pool for you.

Can you swim laps in a 24 foot pool? ›

If your pool is for swimming laps, 24 feet is too short. You really want a nice size that multiplies to an even 100 meters. Many like making a pool that is 12.5 meters long as multiplying by eight equals a full 100 meters. If your pool is for diving and amply deep 24 feet long is close to a bare minimum.

How many people can fit in a 21 foot pool? ›

A 21 foot above ground pool will comfortably fit 4-5 average size adults to swim, float and play.

How many gallons of water does a 24 by 52 pool hold? ›

x 52 in. Above Ground Swimming Pool with Pump, Ladder and Supplies, 13594 Gallons Capacity.

What is the most popular pool depth? ›

A recreational pool needs a large shallow area. Most pool steel walls are 42” high and the water level is about 4” lower—halfway or a bit higher into the skimmer. That means 38” standard shallow end, and typically a 6-foot deep end.

Can you dive in a 5 foot pool? ›

The American Red Cross recommends a minimum of 9 feet of water depth for head first dives including dives from pool decks.

Is 4 feet too deep for a pool? ›

Even large adults can immerse themselves completely at 4 feet and the depth allows for all kinds of different strokes. If you're worried about the length and breadth of your pool not being enough to get a great workout, we highly recommend Bow Swim.


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