Before You Visit

CHECK-IN PROCESS

Pool users new to the facility may be required to show ID for an identity validation and sign in at the front desk on the provided sign-in sheet. If you do not want to bring your identification every visit, please sign up for a pass or punch card.

*The Des Moines Pool Metropolitan Park District wants to provide the most safe and secure services.  Thank you for helping us provide you with the best service possible .   .

SWIMMING POOL AND DIVING RULES*

Click here to download a copy of the current swimming pool, diving and facility rules.

*All rules correspond to RCW 246-260-131.

CAPACITY

  • Pool: 93
  • Deck: 250

AGE BREAKDOWN

  • 6 and under must be within arms length of an adult at all times.
  • Under the age of 13 must be supervised by an adult.
  • 16 & older must provide photo ID at all times.

BEFORE YOU VISIT

  • All visitors must check-in at the front desks. An identification validation may be required.
  • Please bring your own lock, you may also purchase combination lock at front desk. Visitors can also utilize our new lockers to secure valuables on the pool deck.
  • On swim meet days, parking is limited. Click here for map of overflow parking.
  • Check before you visit: the pool changes programming for school’s days out, special events and emergency maintenance. Click here to use our interactive schedule, or click here to join our email notification system to get up-to-the hour updates.
  • Shower: Please shower before entering the pool to help us prevent water-borne disease.

SWIM TESTING

  • Policy: To participate in recreational swimming activities, all children 13 years of age and younger must undergo a swim test. The swim test allows children to swim in any part of the swimming pools alone. Children who cannot pass the swim test are considered non- swimmers and must be accompanied into the water by an adult, parent, or guardian who is actively engaged with the child. There is a limit of 2 non-swimming children per adult.
  • General Test: Each child must demonstrate the ability to jump into the water, right themselves and swim the longest dimension of the swimming area without reaching fatigue. Swimmers will be marked with a GREEN bracelet that is readily identifiable to the lifeguards. After passing the swim test, swimmers 8 and older may be in the swim area without direct adult supervision. An adult is required in the building for ages 7-10. Children 7 and under who pass the swim test still require direct adult supervision in the pool area at all times.
  • Modified Swim Test (Ages 5-13 only): While wearing a lifejacket, the child must pass the above swim test. These swimmers will be marked with a YELLOW bracelet. After passing the swim test, swimmers 7 and older may be in the swim area without direct adult supervision. An adult is required in the building for ages 7-10. Children 5-7 who pass the swim test may participate with an adult, parent, or guardian actively engaged in their activity. There is a limit of two “lifejacket swimmers” per adult. Swimmers who cannot pass either swim test will be marked with a RED bracelet, must wear a U.S Coastguard approved personal flotation device and require direct adult supervision in the pool area at all times. They are restricted to the Activity pool only.
  • Lap Swim Test: Swimmers must respectfully circle swim 150 yards (3 laps/6 lengths) non-stop using breaststroke or freestyle. Swimmers will be marked with a purple bracelet that is readily identifiable to the lifeguards. Swimmers must follow all Lap swim guidelines.

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions, please click here to contact the Mount Rainier Pool front desk.

UPDATE

January 2022 Schedule Update. Learn more