Pool Practice


Pool Practice - Eastside Pool (Tacoma)

Tacoma Mountaineers hosts weekly kayak practice sessions in local pools. NOTE: NO FORMAL INSTRUCTION. This is a practice session only for individuals who are competent at wet exits and who bring their own boats.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.0


NOTE: Contact SALLY ANDERSON with questions about this program.

Eastside Swimming Pool, Tacoma, WA

2:00 to 4:00 PM. Come 15 to 20 minutes early to unload boats and change.


 All participants must register online. If you have remaining sessions on a coupon you purchased, use the following codes when proceeding through check out: PoolPlay1, PoolPlay2, PoolPlay3, PoolPlay4, or PoolPlay5

This is a practice session, and all participants must be able to demonstrate a successful wet exit. Lifeguards will be on duty, however The Mountaineers will provide no instruction or direct supervision. Participants who do not have experience with wet exiting a kayak must contact SALLY ANDERSON in advance of registration.

You must check in with the Pool Session Monitor when arriving.

Your boat and gear must be CLEAN to enter the pool.


  • A Qualified Youth Leader (QYL) must be present at the pool session for a youth to participate. Before registering a youth (under 18 years of age), the parent or designated adult must first contact the Pool Practice Chair, Sally Anderson (garywsallya@yahoo.com), to make sure that a QYL will be present during the requested pool session.
  • Pool Practice Sessions are only for learning and practicing kayak skills. Youth should only be in the pool while they are actively learning or working on kayak skills. General non-kayak pool play activities will not be permitted, including diving off diving boards or pool edges. It is up to the parents to determine if their youth is mature enough to benefit from participation in Pool Practice Sessions.
  • Parents are expected to be directly with their children 100% of the time, and responsible for keeping them safe from injury.
  • If the parents want to practice their own kayak skills, their children are required to get out of the pool and sit near where their parent is practicing.
  • If the family does not abide by these rules, they will be asked to leave without a refund.

Eastside Pool (Tacoma)

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

This activity is to practice skills. Equipment normally required for a sea kayak trip is not required for this activity. A lifeguard will be present. Please wear a PFD (personal flotation device). A mask and nose plugs are recommended.

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