By Kim McCoy
Summer is upon us at the Tukwila Pool, and we have growing opportunities for aquatic exercise and fun. New offerings this summer include Skwim, Flow Motion FITT workouts and Masters Swimming.
At Teen Night, from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday nights this summer, you can learn to play a cool new sport called Skwim (think skim and swim). It’s a fast-paced swimming pool game that combines elements from games like soccer, ultimate frisbee and hockey. Rather than a ball, the game uses a yellow disk that skips and skims along the water’s surface.
People have been playing with the Skwim disk at the pool for the past month and enjoying it. A couple of tricks to know: Throw the Skwim with the smooth side down for gliding and skipping, or with the grip side down if you want the disk to stop shortly after it lands.
For more information, visit skwiminternational.org.
Check out Flow Motion FITT, which uses floating mats one can stand, sit, lie and move about on. It builds balance, strength and great core conditioning. Classes will start at Tukwila Pool in July. Visit fittbalance.com for class reservations. For more information, go to flowmotionfitt.com.
What else is new? Why, Masters Swimming, from 5:45 to 6:45 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This is swim team training for adults of all ages, and Aquatic Manager Michelle Simpson brings her extensive coaching skills to the team. For now, the only cost is the normal price of admission to the lap swim. Develop your strokes, improve your speed and endurance, make new friends and enjoy friendly competition. Want to try it? Just show up.
Of course, Tukwila Pool – right between Foster High School and Showalter Middle School on South 144th Street – continues to offer summer swim lessons, water aerobics, lap swims, vertical exercise and water walking, family and open swims, single gender swims, swim lessons and party rentals. Visit tukwilapool.org for more information.
Kim McCoy has worked in various roles at the Tukwila Pool, including lifeguard, part-time assistant manager and IT support, and previously served as administrative director.