Outdoor Pool Fun in the Sun
The outdoor pools are closed for the season! We look forward to seeing you in 2022.
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!
Pack up your towel, pool noodle, and sunglasses to take a dip in our outdoor pools. And don't forget the sunscreen!
Located in Cottage Lake Park, this community pool, operated by the Northshore YMCA, is one of the only outdoor pools in King County. It has four lanes and features a water slide and 84-degree water temps. When you've had enough time in the water, check out the other park amenities including a playground, basketball court, and high ropes course.
This popular community pool is operated by the Dale Turner Family YMCA as part of an agreement with the City of Edmonds, now in its 8th year! Its L-shape allows for either 6 lanes at 25 meters or 6 lanes at 25 yards. Celebrating its 49th birthday this year, the Yost Pool got its name from the Yost family who donated the property to the City of Edmonds.
Here's how we'll work together to keep you and fellow swimmers safe during your visit.
In order to reduce touchpoints, please bring towels, goggles, kickboards, fins, belts, pool noodles, and water bottles from home. Water fountains are closed.
Masks NOT required when in the water, on pool deck and maintaining 6' or 2m of distance from non-household members, or while engaging in exercise.
While in the locker room, please maintain 6' or 2m safe physical distancing by limiting each aisle to one household or individual at a time and remember to wear your mask.
Things may have changed on the pool deck to maintain the safety of all participants. Please ask a Y staff member for help if you are unclear on the guidelines.
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.
Yes, you may make back to back reservations.
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.
For safety reasons, we ask that any swimmers who are 13 years old or younger pass a brief swim test. The test consists of:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Strokes & Private Lessons
To maintain physical distancing, we are limiting the number of guests on the deck to one parent or guardian per swim lesson student.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
With a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and well-being, and supporting our neighbors, your membership will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but also in your community.
As the largest provider of swim lessons in the country, we strive to help all ages learn how to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for healthy living.
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