Pool Practice


Pool Practice - Peninsula High School Pool

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.

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NOTE: Contact SALLY ANDERSON with questions about this program.

Meet at the Peninsula  Swimming Pool in Gig Harbor, WA.

1:00 to 3:00 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 boats and gear must be CLEAN to enter the pool.

Safety Note for this pool:  The floors in the changing/locker/shower rooms are extremely slippery. Please use caution when in these rooms.


  • 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.

Peninsula High School Pool

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 life guard will be present. Please wear a PFD (personal flotation devise). A mask and nose plugs are recommended.

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