SWIM AT FWCC
Splash into The Federal Way Community Center and enjoy our public pool! Not only do we offer open swim for everyone but we also provide personalized swimming lessons, water aerobics, senior swim, and so much more!
Wristbands are currently required to participate in all Open Swim & Family Swim sessions.
Wristbands can be collected from the front desk approximately one hour before each swim session’s start time.
We are unable to accommodate groups of 10 or more people without prior approval by FWCC staff. Large groups may require a facility rental.
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LEISURE POOL AREA (CURRENTLY CLOSED)
THE LAP POOL
A six-lane, 25-yard lap pool with a 1-meter diving board. The pool is home to local swim teams, a master’s group and a synchronized swimming group.
Photo ID is required for non-members ages 12+. All children under the age of 7 must be have an Adult in the water at all times directly supervising them.
The Federal Way Community Center is proud to offer swimming lessons for swimmers of all ages and levels!
Our instructors are happy to provide toddlers, kids, teens, and adults of all abilities with a program that has a clear lesson plan and progression track to see your achievements as you learn! FWCC swim lessons help individuals build self-confidence in the water and provide knowledge of water safety!
We are now offering Gift Certificates for our swim lessons. What a great gift to give!
Questions about swimming lessons? Contact our Aquatics Coordinator, Jake!
1-ON-1 PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
1 on 1 Private lessons are designed to meet the individual needs of the student. Skills covered can vary from beginning water adjustment to competitive level. The instructor’s focus is on the exact goals and challenges the student is facing. Private lessons are currently on a waiting list and it is taking anywhere from 3-6 months to be placed with an instructor.
SEMI-PRIVATE SWIM LESSONS
Semi-private lessons are designed to work with two to three students of similar abilities. Skills covered can vary from beginning water adjustment to competitive level. The instructor’s focus is on goals and challenges the students are facing. Examples include siblings, swim team members, or scouts trying to pass merit badge requirements. We do not pair students up for semi-private lessons.
GROUP YOUTH SWIM LESSONS
Our Group Swimming Lessons are offered for a variety of ages and abilities. Preschool levels have up to 4 students per class. Youth levels 1-3 have up to 5 students per class. Youth levels 4-6 have up to 8 students per class. Each child will follow a specific swimming skill progression throughout each lesson level, and must be able to do all of the required skills before passing into the next level.
PARENTS & TODDLER SWIM LESSONS
Our Parent & Toddler Class was designed for parents and guardians interested in learning how to teach positive water adjustment, water safety skills, and the foundational concepts of swimming to their toddler. This class is for students (6 months to 2.5 years old).
BEGINNER TEEN AND ADULT SWIM LESSONS
Our Beginning Teen Class was designed for teens (13 – 17 years) who are interested in learning how to swim or improve their basic swimming skills. This course is separate from the adult lesson.
Our Beginning Adult Class was designed for adults (18 years and up)
who are interested in learning how to swim or improve their basic swimming skills. This course is separate from the teen lesson.
LIFEGUARDING COURSES & JOB OPENINGS
Looking to become a lifeguard? The Federal Way Community Center offers courses that are designed to ensure that you are properly trained and prepared when every moment matters. We offer multiple courses throughout the year so keep checking back to reserve your spot!
Lifeguards, instructors, & more!
SWIM TEAM - THE FEDERAL WAY STRINGRAYS
WE HAVE MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON FOR THE 2023 SUMMER SEASON
FAQS & Aquatic Program Descriptions
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Cancellations or changes must be received no later than 48 hours before the session begins. Refunds will be issued minus a $6 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after that time or once the session begins. Exceptions to the cancellation policy for medical emergencies is at the discretion of the Aquatics Department, if a doctor’s note showing the dates coinciding with the lessons is provided.
Refunds will be issued for classes canceled by FWCC. Transfers to another class in the same session will be allowed provided that there is space available.
We are unable to offer makeup lessons and there are no pro-rated credits/refunds for classes missed during the session.
All children 6 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an Adult, (16 years of age or older), in the water
and that Adult must be within arms reach of the child at all times.
All riders of the big slide must be at least 48 inches tall. They must ride the slide feet first on their back or bottom
and may not use any kind of Lifejacket or floatation device.
If the child is 3 years of age and under it is required that the child uses an approved swim diaper while using the
facility. Diapers other than swim diapers tend to leak when placed in a swimming pool
The Washington State Health department recommends that no child under the age of 6 use the spa due to health concerns arising from overheating. No one wearing diapers of any type are allowed in the spa. Therefore no child 3 years of age or younger may use the spa.
Channel Walking is an instructor led exercise course that involves walking against the current in the Lazy River.
Water Walking is a time for patrons to use the Leisure Pool to exercise at their own pace or to use the various
pieces of exercise equipment that the facility has to offer.
Please arrive with your student in their swimsuit at least 5 minutes before your lesson starts. We do not provide towels or swim goggles, please bring your own from home. We encourage students to not wear snorkel facemasks that cover the nose. After you have checked yourself into the front desk, please bring your child or children back to the Leisure Pool Deck (Parent/Tot, Preschool 1-4, Youth 1-3) or the Lap Pool Deck (Youth 4-6) to wait for the instructor.
Please have your student use the restroom BEFORE CLASS BEGINS. Your instructor will find you on deck at the start time of the swim lesson. Parents or guardians are allowed to sit on deck and watch the lesson. All children in the Parent/Tot class must have a parent or guardian in the water with them at all times. Children five years of age or older must use gender – appropriate-locker room or one of the family changing rooms. Swimming before or after the lesson is not
For FWCC Online Swim Lesson Registrations: Key word search – swimming
1.The student/family needs a household account:
a) If they have an account with us already (meaning they have enrolled in any program) they can
use that information to login to their account – DO NOT CREATE A NEW ONE
b) If you are unsure if you have an account, don’t know your login information, or know you need
to create one – please contact a front desk staff member for help at (253) 835-6900.
2. New Students:
a) Will be able to register for the three beginner levels: Parent/Tot, Preschool 1, and Youth 1
b) If the student is not a beginner but has not had lessons at FWCC.
i. Please come in for a Placement Test on Fridays from 4:00-7:00pm prior to swim lesson
registration. If Fridays do not work for you, call Rachael Chapman at (253) 835-6946.
3. Current or Past Students:
a) Will be able to register for the last level they were registered for in the past. If they pass a level,
their instructor will note it down on their attendance sheet and an aquatics staff member will
update all the students class levels in the computer. Once your student’s file has been updated,
you will be able to register them for the next sequential class level.
4. Class Ages:
a) Parent/Toddler – For students age 6 months to 2.5 years old.
b) Preschool 1-4 – For students age 2.5 to 5.5 years old.
c) Youth 1-6 – For students age 5.5 to 12 years old.
5. Class Levels: Levels are based on skill, not age.
a) Level 1 – Non-swimmers to Beginner swimmers (Parent/Tot, Preschool 1, and Youth 1)
b) Level 2 – Beginner to Intermediate swimmers (Preschool 2, Youth 2)
c) Level 3 and above – Intermediate and Advance swimmers (Preschool 3-4, Youth 4-6)
6. Membership vs Non-Membership
a) You do not need a FWCC Membership to enroll in our swim lesson programming. If you choose
to enroll in a FWCC Membership, you will have access to the following:
i. Discount on Registration Fees
ii. Earlier Enrollment Dates
FWCC Members are allowed to register 7 days in advance to the class
start date, Non-Members are allowed to register 3 days in advance to
the class start date.
AQUATIC COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Children and Adults alike will enjoy playing in the Leisure Pool, floating around the Lazy River and riding the 2 story slide. When the Open Swim is in the Lap Pool, enjoy swimming laps, taking a plunge off the diving board, playing basketball or just floating on the toys. Please remember, all children under 7 years of age must have an Adult in the water directly supervising them.
Those 16 years of age and older can use this quiet time in the Leisure Pool to swim laps, walk in the Current Channel or use our equipment to do whatever water fitness activities they choose to do without any of the spray features turned on.
Swimmers of all ages and abilities can take advantage of the 6 lane, 25 yard Lap Pool. Fast, medium and slow swimmers alike can find a lane to swim in. Feel free to use our aquatic equipment to help you better meet your fitness needs.
A Lap Swim time set aside for those that are 62 years of age and over.
A chance for parents to have fun with their children in the water or to work on those skills that their children are trying to master in swim lessons. All of the water features are turned on for this swim and the usual attendance is less that the Open Swim time. All those under the age of 18 must have an Adult in the water with them.
A more relaxing time for parents to help their children under the age of 3 adjust to the water. The water features may be turned on upon request for this swim. There may be other programs occurring in the pool at the same time.
A high energy aerobics class done in the Leisure Pool where the depth of the water ranges from 3 ½ feet to 4 ½ feet. Those that have mobility and joint problems can get their heart rate up and use the resistance and buoyancy of the water to exercise without the ground pounding impact that land based exercises have. No swimming experience is needed.
Low Impact Aerobics — A slower paced water aerobics class taught in the Leisure Pool that combines; aerobics, strength building, range of motion and flexibility into one fun class. No swimming experience is needed.
Deep Water Aerobics — This class is taught in the Lap Pool where the depth of the water ranges from 3 ½ feet to 12 ½ feet. Put on one of our flotation belts and take part in an aerobics class that eliminates the effects of gravity and has exercises that use the resistance of the water to build strength, increase range of motion and flexibility. Weaker swimmers can get the same benefits of the class by staying in the shallow end of the pool.
Advanced Training includes programs such as Lifeguard Training, Instructor Training and swim team workouts may be scheduled during this time.