The Mount Rainier Pool will be returning to appointment only usage on Monday, October 25  due to the King County Vaccine Verification Proclamation. We are required to check each and every person entering this facility for vaccination status.

The District is making the following changes to ensure a safe environment and that each and everyone is vaccinated or has a negative Covid-19 test within 72-hours of using the facility. (See more information below on vaccination requirements). In addition, please show up showered. Participants will be able to shower afterwards, but not before. This is to allow for better control social distancing in the pool. See below for more detailed information.

APPOINTMENT ONLY!: 

Appointments must be made before using the pool and can be made by calling (206) 824-4722 (There are no online appointments.). All spots are first-come, first-served. You can be added to a waitlist. If a spot becomes available three hours before a swim, staff will contact you.

NEW PUBLIC SWIM SCHEDULE: All swims will be in one-hour increments to serve more people and ensure better social distancing. To see the exact swim times, view schedule below. (Note-Schedule does not include swim team usage times, contact your team for more detailed information.)

  • Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:30am-1:40pm
  • Tuesday/Thursday, 10:30am-1pm & 5:45-8pm
  • Saturday, 11:00am-3:00pm
  • Sunday, 11:00am-1:05pm

IMPORTANT! Please read the following guidelines and be aware of them before visiting the pool for your chosen activity. 

UPDATED SCHEDULE: See schedule (effective October 25) at bottom of email. 

ONE APPOINTMENT PER DAY: Users will be limited to one appointment per day. This is to ensure everyone gets access to the limited pool time.

SHOWERING: Come ready to swim with your swimsuit on under your clothes.  Showering before entering the pools helps ensure clean, clear and safe water conditions. We will allow people to shower on their way out to better have flow through the facility and ensure social distancing outside of the water.

SOCIAL DISTANCING: It is important all patrons keep six feet of social distance including while in the water (without their mask on) and outside the water. (See section below for more information.)

MASKS: Masks are still required for all facility users including vaccinated outside of the pool. Chairs will be left on the side of the pool for patrons to keep their masks, while they are in the water.

CHILDREN UNDER 12: Children under 12 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult. Everyone 12 years and older will need to meet the vaccination verification requirements above.

SPECTATORS (INCLUDING SWIM LESSONS): Spectators will not be allowed for swim meets or practices. Parents can wait in their cars. The only exemption is parents with children under the age of 12, who attend swim lessons or family swims. These parents will need to follow the vaccination verification rules above. (Note-all children not swimming of parents, who are spectating, must be within arms length.)

SWIM LESSONS: If you missed our previous message on swim lesson registration starting soon, click here.

FUTURE UPDATES: Due to the County and State Directives regarding Covid-19, there may be more future updates. If you were forwarded this email or linked to it on social media or the website, please use the buttons below to sign up for future updates. Finally, please help us spread the word by sharing the information with the button below.

VACCINE VERIFICATION

The District will remind patrons of the vaccine requirement when a reservation is being made. A check-in station will be setup at the entry. Patrons that do not show proper verification will be turned away. Acceptable forms of vaccination are: 

  • CDC vaccination card or photo of vaccine card.
  • Documented proof of vaccination from medical record or vaccine provider.
  • Printed certificate or QR code (available at the end of September) from MyIRMobile.com.

VACCINE EXEMPTIONS

Patrons that are not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours of entry into the facility. This includes anyone with an exemption.

The closest free testing site is 23221 Pacific Hwy S, Kent WA 98032. For other locations, click here.

OCTOBER 25 SCHEDULE UPDATE

Patrons are limited to one appointment per day, and can make reservations up to two business days prior. All reservations are first-come, first-served. No shows will need to pay for their “no show” before their next attendance. All cancellations must be made 4 business hours prior to the cancellation.

Click here to download a physical copy of the schedule.

MORNINGS:

  • Monday: 
    • 10:30-11:30am Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Walking (Limit 5)
    • 11:35am-12:35pm Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Walking (Limit 5)
    • 12:40-1:40pm Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Family Swim (Limit 15)
  • Tuesday & Thursday: 
    • 10:30-11:40am Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Walking (Limit 5)
    • 11:45am-12:55pm Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Walking (Limit 5)
  • Wednesday & Friday: 
    • 10:30-11:30am Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Exercise (Limit 15)
    • 11:35am-12:35pm Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Walking (Limit 5)
    • 12:40-1:40pm Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Family Swim (Limit 15)

EVENINGS:

  • Monday, Wednesday & Friday: No evening hours available due to swim team usage.
  • Tuesday & Thursday:
    • 5:45-6:45pm Family Swim Only! (Limit 15)*
    • 7-8pm Water Exercise (Limit 15)

WEEKENDS:

  • Saturdays:
    • 8:00-11:00am Swim Lessons (Must be pre-registered)
    • 11am-Noon  Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Water Walking (Limit 5)
    • 12:05-1:05pm  Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Family Swim (Limit 15)
    • 1:30-3pm Open Swim (Limit 30) – Entire Pool!
  • Sundays:
    • 11am-Noon  Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Family Swim (Limit 15)
    • 12:05-1:05pm  Lap Swim (Limit 2/Lane) & Family Swim (Limit 15)

ALL SWIMMERS MUST SHOW PROOF OF VACCINATION OR NEGATIVE TEST BEFORE USING THE FACILITY.

*Family Swim only (Tuesday & Thursday evenings) due to Swim Teams practicing in Deep End.

HOLDS & REFUNDS

The district understands that these services/limitations were not what you signed up for. If you would like to request to hold your pass until services are back to pre-Covid-19 levels (or an acceptable level) or you would like to request a refund, please contact us with information below.

HOLD, CREDIT & REFUND REQUESTS

Please call the Mount Rainier Pool Office at (206) 824-4277 or email us at info@mtrainierpool.com.

APPOINTMENTS

The Mount Rainier Pool wants to ensure that people are aware of the mandates before they attend programming. This ensures a quality experience for all, and the safety of our patrons, staff and surrounding community.

Although Covid-19 is not spread through the water, it can be spread from face-to-face interactions. We are making these changes for the meantime until we are sure that everyone will properly check in and follow social distancing guidelines.

HOW TO MAKE APPOINTMENT

Appointments are first-come, first served and can be made 48-hours before your appointment. All appointments are by phone or in-person (no online). Our phone number is (206) 824-4277.

CANCELLATIONS

You can cancel up to four hours. Participants that “no show” or cancel under four hours before will have the charge to their visit. The District reserves the right to not give reservations to users that cancel last second or “no show” repeatedly to ensure everyone has a chance to swim.

CONTACT

Do you have more questions or would like to speak to someone in person? Our Interim Aquatics Manager, Quentin Knox, is here to help. You can call him at (206) 824-4722 or email him at quentin.knox@desmoinespool.org

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