Don’t stop swimming, even as summer comes to an end | We’re All In!

Michelle Simpson, Tukwila Pool aquatics manager

Summer is almost over and school starts back up soon, but don’t forget that swim lessons go year-round at the Tukwila Pool.

Being in the aquatics world for most of my life, I have seen children take lessons in the summertime, but when school starts back up, they stop taking lessons until summer again. I have seen a lot of kids that take long breaks forget some of what they learn over the summer and have to start back over on skills they previously learned when they wait for months before getting back into the pool to practice. I recommend that anyone learning to swim practice their learned skills at least once a month by coming to open/family swim times, or even better, stay in lessons year-round. Children that stay in lessons all year are more likely to be water safe, and they will learn to swim faster.

Making sure children and adults become water safe is a priority for us here at the pool. We make it our goal for everyone to learn to swim, as not only a life skill but also for obvious safety reasons. We want everyone to learn to swim.

Important dates to remember at the Tukwila Pool:

• Saturday, Aug. 19: Third Saturday community event – Circus at the Pool with circus-themed games, prizes and food. The event runs from 1 to 3 p.m., and admission is $3 at the door.

• Monday, Aug. 28: Registration for September lessons begins. Register online at tukwilapool.org, in person at 4414 S. 144th St. or call 206-267-2350. Classes are offered during the week and on weekends. Scholarships are still available for swim lessons. Visit tukwilapool.org for more information.

Michelle Simpson is the aquatics manager for the Tukwila Pool. She can be reached at 206-267-2350, ext. 103, or msimpson@tukwilapool.org.