Welcome back to the Tukwila Pool!
The pool’s level of service is dependent upon our workforce capacity, which has been limited due to COVID-19. As we’ve had a limited re-opening, we onboarded employees, trained staff on additional safety protocols, and ensured the facility can be safely enjoyed by our aquatics community.
Management has modified operations to align with the recommendations provided by the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), Washington Department of Health, and King County Department of Health to ensure the safety of our customers and staff community.
What will staff do to protect themselves and the community? All staff members will wear face coverings while inside the facility. Staff will also take temperature checks, and answer a Covid-19 questionnaire before their shift.
What will be the limitation while I’m in the facility? y Masks must be warn at all times except while you participate in water activities. Locker room are only available to those with disabilities, or those over the age of 55. Social distancing of 6 feet is non-negotiable.
How will I get into the pool? Once swim ready you will place your belongings along the wall of the pool deck. This is also where you will remove your mask and swiftly make your way into the pool.
Can my siblings or household stay together without the need for social distancing? We are not requiring households to socially distance at all times in the facility.
What should I bring with me?
We ask that all swimmers bring their own water bottle and a towel, as towel services will not be provided. We also encourage you to come swim-ready.
Are swim lessons available? Yes, swim lessons are available with modified procedures.
For more information please visit our Swim Lesson Tab or call (206) 267-2350.
Will I be required to get my temperature checked and or answer COVID-19 symptom-related questions? No, upon arrival you will be required to pay for your visit or scan your membership card. Each of these will be made under your name signifying you are in the building.
Can I bring a guest with me? Yes, but only if your guest has also made a reservation at the time of your swim.
Will I be required to bring my own hand sanitizer? No, hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the facility
How many swimmers will be permitted at any given time? Lap Swim: 12 swimmers per hour. (2 swimmers per lane) At-Risk Lap Swims: 6 swimmers per hour. (1 swimmer per lane) Water Walking: 4 participants per hour. (practice social distancing of 6′ feet or more) Water Exercise: up to 6 participants, 1 instructor. (shallow end) up to 15 participants, 1 instructor. (deep end) (practice social distancing of 6′ feet or more) *Subject to change*
How long can I swim? Sessions will be 1 hour in length followed by a 15-minute cleaning and disinfection break *subject to change*
Will I be required to sign in and out of the facility, and sign a waiver? Yes, customers will be required to sign a one time a year waiver (Assumption of Risk, Waiver, and Release). No, you will not need to sign in or out as your membership card, or your payment will be made through your account. To help ensure the safety of all staff and customers, you must complete our new Waiver as you enter the facility.
Does my child/dependent need to complete and sign a Waiver if they’re a minor? All parents must complete a youth waiver prior to being allowed access to the Tukwila Pool. For children under the age of 18, parents/guardians will be required to complete the waiver on their behalf. Please keep in mind, we’re only allowing families in the same household to enter the pool. If you have any trouble completing your updated Member Waiver, please stop by and we can help you complete your waiver(s).
Will I be allowed to gain entry into the building if I experience signs of COVID-19 symptoms? Please stay home and consult a medical professional if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. For the safety and well-being of swimmers and staff—please refrain from using the Tukwila Pool if you are experiencing: fever, cough, shortness of breath or have been in contact with anyone diagnosed with coronavirus. We appreciate your cooperation as we work to stay healthy together.
What will happen if someone at the pool tests positive for COVID-19? In the event we’re informed by an individual who has visited our facility that they tested positive for COVID-19, we have a thorough process in place to ensure all locations they may have visited receive appropriate cleaning in addition to the nightly professionally deep cleaning and disinfecting that is already in place. Furthermore, in a manner that respects the individual’s personal health privacy, we will reach out directly only to those individuals who we have identified as potentially having been truly at risk through significant exposure as defined by the CDC.
Will there be someone on-site to answer questions? Yes, a COVID-19 Supervisor will be on-site to guide and provide direction.
How was the Tukwila Pool given the ok to reopen? Staffed water recreation facilities were given permission to reopen per modified phase 1 requirement.
What can I expect when returning to the pool? We have adapted our operational protocols to adjust to the current circumstances in ways that protect our employees and the community in an effort to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Some of these measures include:
- Sessions will be 1 hour followed by a 15-minute cleaning and disinfection break. *Subject to change*
- Enhanced and increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting.
- Customers will be required to wear a mask unless participating in a water-based activity.
- Maintain Social Distancing of 6FT at all times.
- Customers will be required to sign-in the facility and sign a waiver (Assumption of Risk, Waiver, and Release).
- Please stay home and consult a medical professional if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided throughout the facility.
- All customers must shower before entering the pool.
When will the Tukwila Pool resume full operations? We are taking a phased approach to re-opening to full operation. As of June 5. King County was approved to move into a modified Phase 1, which included new guidance for recreation and fitness.
We will continue to make informed decisions based upon the COVID-19 data and guidance from our public health experts. Our decisions about re-opening and returning to full operations depends in part on visitors practicing safe distancing and following public health guidelines.
We will continue to update this page as conditions evolve.
Can I get a refund or credits for March sessions swim lessons? Yes! Families who were enrolled in swim lessons for the month of March have received partial credit or refund for all lessons canceled due to the pool closure.
Swim Lesson Registration for the next session following the reopening of the pool will be communicated through the newsletter, Facebook, and our website.
Will my 10-Punch Card for lap swim or water exercise be expired? No! For participants who hold a 10-punch pass (water exercise, lap swim, or general admission), all remaining available scans (punches) do not expire. To inquire about how many available scans remain on your account, email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide either your pass bar-code number and/or your first and last name and pool management will provide you with the number of available scans attached to your pass.
Will my Membership subscription be expired or have lost time? Yes and no! Pass holders will be credited back the number of days the pool was closed. The number of days credited back will be determined based on your pass’ expiration date.
Example: Pool closes on March 16th and reopens April 27th, days closed = 43
- A) Pass holders with an expiration date of April 1st will receive 16 days credited back to their annual membership / 1-month family pass.
- B) Pass holders with an expiration date of May 1st will receive 43 days credited back to their annual membership / 1-month family pass. (This credit will extend the pass expiration date to June 3rd.)
Where can I learn more about COVID19? Visit kingcounty.gov/covid to learn more about the virus and how to slow its spread. Keep updated on the latest developments on the Public Health – Seattle & King County blog at publichealthinsider.com. Novel Coronavirus Call Center at 800-525-0127 or visit King County Public Health website.