Keep your kids active this summer! The District is proud to announce new free programming including our MRP Swim Club (ages 9-13) and Lifeguard Prep (ages 14-18). Both programs are great ways to help your child socialize this summer and stay fit!

Both programs will follow the strictest guidelines for safety until state directives on Covid-19 are lifted.

See below for more information on each program!

Registration for both programs will start at 4:00pm on Tuesday, June 8.

All programming is subject to change with the directives, so please sign up for notifications and add us as a contact to ensure our messages are not being sent to junk mail. This will help you get the most up-to-date information.

MRP Swim Club

Want to get the kids swimming this summer, but cannot commit to a swim team! This program features endurance training for 45 mins and games/stations for working on specific swim strokes the last 15 mins. This hour is specifically geared towards kids who want to be introduced to what a swim team is like, work on their swim strokes and build endurance. No prior knowledge necessary, all are welcome!

Days of Week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Times: 1-2pm

Dates: 6/21-8/13, No 7/5

Fees: Free to First 20 participants (Donations to scholarship program welcome)

Ages: 9-13

Lifeguard Prep

Do you want to lifeguard, but need help getting ready? This program is specifically geared towards helping individuals pass the Red Cross Lifeguard class test. We will focus on endurance and skills, teaching and preparing our next group of lifeguards for the pool. No prior knowledge necessary, all are welcome! 

Days of Week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Times: 2-3pm

Dates: 6/21-8/13, No 7/5

Fees: Free to First 20 participants (Donations to scholarship program welcome)

Ages: 14-18


We are dedicated to reducing barriers to swimming and access to the pool! This summer we are experimenting with some new programming to help reduce these barriers and have decided to make the programs free! 

The MRP Swim Club is dedicated to those kids that do not have the money, transportation or time to participate on a formal swim team. We do not expect participants to be a great swimmer, but want people that would like to socialize, learn to work on their stroke and most of all, have fun! We will also mix fun and games as state directives lessen!

The Lifeguard Prep program is not only for those of you who would like to pass the lifeguarding test to work at a pool, but is also a great way to exercise during the summer for your teen! Our staff is dedicated to help each participant prepare to pass the lifeguard test! It is open to all levels from those that need to learn basic swimming to others that need just a little help to pass the test. Lifeguarding is a great part-time job in high school and college, and can help open doors to other safety careers including paramedics and fire careers! 


Do you have more questions or would like to speak to someone in person? Our Aquatics Manager, Lauryne Thurmond, is here to help. You can call her directly at (206) 824-4722 or email her at lauryne.thurmond@desmoinespool.org

We hope to have more information on other programming coming in the future as conditions change! Thank you for following these communications.


May 19 Schedule Update (Expanded Hours). Click here for more information.