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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Get in the Swim, South Sound!

Summertime is swimmin’ time! My kiddos and I are frequently these three great South Sound swimming venues:

1.The Fife Swim Center. This is a terrific, indoor saltwater pool. There are lots of opportunities for swimming, whether it’s just for fun (open/family swims or how about swim and a movie night!) or for learning how to swim. My kids are frequent participants of swim lessons through the Fife Swim School. The school is taught using the Swim America philosophy and children work on specific skills. Once they’ve mastered the particular skill at their own pace, they move on to work on the next skill. The instructors, directors, and office team are positively fantastic. And for you adults who want to learn how to swim or brush up, ADULT swim lessons are available, too! Click HERE to check it all out.

2.The Federal Way Community Center has a GEM of an indoor Aquatic Center. The Leisure Pool has fun for every age and ability. They have a “lazy river” that you can float down, big and small water slides, water “basketball,” cool float toys, an in-water jungle gym, and perfect depths for little kids. For the adults, there’s a diving platform, a couple of lap pool opportunities, and a nice large hot tub. You have to see this place to believe it. Click HERE to learn more. Also, your price of admission gives you access to the entire community center for a day. It looks like there’s a lot to offer besides pool fun. I can’t wait to check it out further.

3.The Fircrest Swimming Pool is our favorite for outdoor fun. Warm water and with lots of chairs to lounge around post swim, it makes fun and sun come alive on a great summer day. Fircrest residents benefit from a lower rate to swim; out-of-towners pay a little more. Click HERE to read more.

All of the above pools have a large staff of lifeguards to keep swimmers safe. Children age six and under must be accompanied in the water at all times by an adult over the age of 18 at all of these venues.

Splish, Splash, South Sound and have fun!


Stephanie Frieze said...

What a wonderful comprehensive list of options for the young folks, Kim! It feels like summer is slipping away, but there's still time for some lazy floating.

Kim Thompson said...

Oh, absolutely! Lazy floating is the BEST. The kids and I returned to the indoor pool in Federal Way today. It was PACKED (I think because the weather is stupid here today). We spent lots of time in the "lazy river" feature (it was the least crowded and most relaxing!).

Stephanie Frieze said...

I believe that we will remember this summer as the one that wasn't.

Lorraine Hart said... fave-rave element to be in, though I'm a hardcore lap-swimmer so pools with a lane or two just for this purpose are my fave.

I believe the Key Peninsula needs a pool. I've been a member of Bally's for years...but that requires a three-hour chunk of my day to go there and back...not to mention the gas money. Stuck in a Catch-22 of being a lifetime not able to afford to also be member of GH YMCA.

Kim Thompson said...

Yeah, you guys need a community pool out there! That would be superb for the whole community to enjoy!