Take full advantage of CA’s outdoor pools this summer with these programs and events

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By Tripp Laino

There are so many ways to enjoy the summer at Columbia Association’s pools, and that fun goes well beyond splashing, diving, swimming laps, and competing in the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League.

All 23 of CA’s outdoor pools are now open; visit ColumbiaPools.org for schedules and pool information. Here are a few additional ways to help you take advantage of the season.

Learn to swim!

Of course, you’ll need to know how to swim first. CA is committed to providing quality swim lessons for prospective swimmers of all ages and skill levels in our community, with one-on-one and group lessons available. Visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/pools for more information.

CA also offers a series of free lessons to help train our instructors. These are open everyone — members, Columbia Cardholders and non-members. These sessions will be held on Saturday, June 9 at Kendall Ridge Pool at 1 or 2pm, and on Sunday, June 10 at Swansfield Mini-WaterPark at 1 or 2pm.

Space is limited. Register at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login or call CA’s Aquatics office at

410-312-6332 for assistance.

Pedal and paddle!

Sure, you know that CA has 23 awesome outdoor pools in the community — but have you been to all of them?

Pedal and Paddle is Sunday, July 8 and sets off at 7am (registration 6:45am) on a whirlwind tour that also serves to raise money for charity. The event begins at Swansfield Mini-WaterPark. Prticipants will bike on a 45-mile route and swim a lap at all 23 outdoor pools to benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund (tax-deductible) and honor Donna Sunderdick. The $60 registration fee includes a T-shirt.

For more information, please contact edshulder@yahoo.com or go to active.com.

Train to be a lifeguard

Does your young swimmer want to take their skills to the next level and learn more about water safety — and help them get a job in the future?

CA offers Junior Lifeguard Training for ages 11-15. It begins Monday, June 25. Students receive instruction in water safety, public relations, facility operations, water exercise, teamwork, leadership skills, basic work skills, lifeguarding skills, first aid and CPR. After successfully completing the course, students receive certification as a National Pool

and Waterpark Junior Lifeguard.

Junior Lifeguards can also participate in a friendly lifeguard competition on Wednesday, July 25 at 7am at Hopewell Pool. Students must pass the Safety First test.

Register at ColumbiaAssociation.org/login or call 410-312-6332. Visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/pools for more information. The class costs $100 for CA members and includes a T-shirt.

Events for kids, too!

Of course, splashing and swimming with your friends is great, but CA has other fun events to get your young swimmer excited — and maybe learn something new, too.

CA Kids Triathlon

Held at Clemens Crossing Pool on Sunday, July 22 starting at 7am, this event for children ages 7-15 (as of Dec. 31, 2018) is one of the largest and longest-running youth triathlons in Maryland.

Presented by Mini Cow Tri, this event welcomes children of all experience levels and abilities. For more information and to register, visit minicowtriclub.com/cakt.

Wibit™ Obstacle Course

Held at Hawthorn Pool on Wednesdays from June 20 through August 8 from noon-4pm, you can jump, bounce, race and play through our inflatable Wibit obstacle course! Pricing: CA members, $3; Columbia Cardholders, $7; and non-members, $10.

World’s Largest Swim Lesson

This free lesson will be held at Hopewell Mini-WaterPark at 6pm on Thursday, June 21. Registration is recommended; for more information, call 410-312-6332.