Get Outside With Y Outdoor Pools

The Y is proud to operate two outdoor pools this summer at Cottage Lake in Woodinville and the Yost Pool in Edmonds. Both pools will reopen with reservation-based programming for lap swim, water walking, family recreational swim (Yost only), and open swim. Group and private swim lessons will also be offered at both locations. So get ready to have some water fun in the sun!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


When can I make a reservation?

Reservations for lap swim, water walking, family recreational swim (Yost only), open swim, and private and group swim lessons open May 24 at 6:00 am for June activities. Reservations for the subsequent months will open on the 15th of the month prior.

Can I make back to back reservations?

Yes, you may make back to back reservations.

Where can I purchase a season pass or punch card?
  • We will not be offering a season pass or punch card as have been offered in past seasons.
  • To ensure access to the pool, reservations are highly recommended.
Can I access the pool without a reservation?
  • We strongly encourage you to register in advance online or calling us at (206) 382-5022.
  • By registering ahead, you will know capacity and have a reserved spot.
  • Walking up is permitted, as long as there is space available.
  • Cash is not accepted on site. Cards are the only method of payment accepted at Yost or Cottage Lake this summer.
What is the refund policy for pool reservations?
  • There will be no refunds issued for missed or cancelled reservations.
  • If the pool is closed due to weather or a maintenance incident, pre-paid fees will be refunded to the payment method used at the time of the  reservation.
May I bring my own floatation devices?

We invite you to bring your own Personal Floatation Device for all non-swimmers who cannot pass the YMCA’s swim test. All Personal Floatation Devices must be Coast Guard-approved and adults must always be within an arm’s reach. We do not allow for any type of air-filled floatation devices.

What does the YMCA’s Swim Test consist of?

For safety reasons, we ask that any swimmers who are 13 years old or younger pass a brief swim test. The test consists of:

  • Deep water plunge with head going below the surface of the water
  • Surface and swim 25 yards without resting or stopping
  • 30-second tread or float

A test won't be required if the child or teen will be within arm’s reach of someone 14 years old or older for the entirety of the time they are in the water.

Can I sit on the pool deck while my children swim?

If your children pass our swim test, you do not need to be in the water with them and can sit on the pool deck while they swim. We ask that you stay on the pool deck during your reservation while your children are in the water.

If I have a child that doesn’t want to swim, can they sit on the pool deck?

We will have designated seating for each family that enjoys family recreational swim. If members are not in the pool, they should be seated in their designated area and continue to abide by pool rules or appropriately supervised by an adult.

Safety Protocols

Is it safe for people to swim in shared water?

Per the CDC, the virus cannot be transmitted through properly treated water. Our pool chemicals are always maintained within the required ranges set by the health department. Should our water ever go outside of that range, we do close down the pool until the water is safe to swim in again.

What are the rules around masks this summer?

Masks are NOT required when you're in the pool, when you are in an outdoor public space like the pool deck and maintaining a minimum of six feet of physical distance from all non-household members, and when engaging in outdoor exercise activities.  Masks are required in our locker rooms.

Swim Lessons

Group and private swim lessons will be offered at Cottage Lake and Yost pools this summer! See answers to frequently asked questions below and learn more about YMCA swim lessons here.

When is registration for swim lessons?

Both group and private swim lesson registration opens on the 15th of the month at 6:00am, with the exception of June lessons which open on May 24 at 6:00 am. Monthly registration allows participants to better plan their schedules and gives them the opportunity to sign up for consistent weeks of lessons.

Who can sign up for Group and Private Swim Lessons?

Swim lessons are only available for Y members and city of Edmonds residents at the Yost Pool, and Y members only at the Cottage Lake Pool.

What are your safety protocols for swimming lessons?

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of you, our members, our staff, and our volunteers. Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), local health agencies, and public officials has been critical as we've updated our policies and reopened or facilities and programs.

Swim Basics

  • Students will need to be accompanied by a supervising adult from the same household in the water while a YMCA instructor leads lessons and activities from a safe physical distance.
  • Swim Instructors will be wearing face shields throughout the duration of swim lesson. 
  • Each lesson will include up to 6 child/adult participant pairs. Child/adult participant pairs will stay at a physical distance from others and not cross paths during the lesson.

Swim Strokes & Private Lessons

  • Swim Instructors will be wearing face shields throughout the duration of swim lesson. In private swim lessons, instructors teach from the pool deck. In Swim Strokes, instructors teach from a safe physical distance in the water.

All Lessons

  • Lifeguards will be wearing face masks at all times.
  • Staff will disinfect all touch points and equipment before every lesson. Instructional equipment will be limited to kick boards, kick sticks, and pull buoys and will be disinfected between users.
  • Staff are put through a health screen before each shift using state and local guidance. 
How many parents or guardians are allowed on the pool deck?

To maintain physical distancing, we are limiting the number of guests on the deck to one parent or guardian per swim lesson student.

What are Swim Basics Group Swim Lessons?

Swim Basics, or stages 1 to 3, is a swim lesson program for ages 3 to 16 that focuses on learning basic swim skills, improving water safety, and building confidence in the water. Students will practice two key swim sequences that are the foundation for a safe swimming experience: swim, float, swim and jump, push, turn, grab.

Each lesson will include up to 6 child/adult participant pairs. Child/adult participant pairs will stay at a physical distance from others and not cross paths during the lesson.

How will swim instructors manage such a wide range of ages from preschool to teen?

Our instructors are trained to teach all ages and skill levels. In this format of Swim Basics lessons, the supervising adult will also be able to assist with the skills that students are learning.

What can a supervising adult expect when accompanying their swimmer in the pool for swim lessons?

For group swim lesson participants in our Swim Basics program, a supervising adult must be in the water. The supervising adult will lead the swimmer through skills as directed by the swim instructor from a safe physical distance. The supervising adult must be of the same household.

Why are you only offering Swim Basics Group Lessons?

With the limited capacity available in our pools as recommended by the Governor’s Healthy Washington Plan, we’re focusing on offering basic water safety skills programs for stages 1 to 3 in advance of the summer months. Advanced swim lessons for stages 1 to 4 will be offered through our Swim Strokes group swim lessons beginning in July. We also encourage advanced swimmers to sign up for Private or Semi-Private Swim Lessons.

What are Swim Strokes Group Swim Lessons?

Swim Strokes, or stages 4 to 6, is a swim lesson program for ages 5 to 16 that builds stroke technique and additional water safety skills! In this program, we focus on introducing and refining six swim strokes: front crawl, breaststroke, back stroke, butterfly, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. This program will begin in July, with registration open on June 15 at 6:00 am.

Why aren’t swim instructors in the water for private lessons?

We feel confident that the combination of supervising adult in the pool (when applicable) plus a socially-distanced instructor on the pool deck provides a safe, enjoyable experience for both staff and participants during one on one instruction. If you'd prefer to have an instructor in the pool during a private lesson, we can connect you with our aquatics team to see how they may accommodate your request.


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