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Saturday is go day. It’s time to kick off this, the 55th year of the Wedgwood Swim Club!

As of this writing, the motor is running, the pump is pumping, and the boiler is back on… life is good! We had a great crew come together and persevere! I want to again say thank you to this crew of assorted plumbers, electricians, motor rebuilder, handyman and board member for getting our pool back up and running. The support received from the community was extremely helpful during this stressful stretch.

Over the last several days I’ve added at least a couple, perhaps three more chapters to my institutional memory. With the knowledge gained during this incident I’ve also figured out some additional things that can be done to help mitigate the likelihood of a similar scenario like this from occurring again.

When you come to the pool this year, you will certainly notice some immediate changes. I don’t want to spoil it, but most of the changes were made for either improving the safety or the security of the club. I hope you find the changes to be an overall improvement.

A few reminders…

Please remember to sign in when you come to the pool, and if you are a Senior member please remember that we need to also check off your swim. Remember to not leave valuables in the lockers, unless you bring your own lock and you can always check wallets, phones, keys, etc., at the pool office.

The Wedgwood Swim Club is a “dry” no-alcohol, no smoking, no vaping facility.  We are a no glass facility too. It’s no fun when a glass container shatters on the pool deck.  This also goes for porcelain mugs!

If you have little one’s that are not yet potty trained, please familiarize yourself with our Double Down Diaper policy. It’s posted at the pool, you can’t miss it. Check the bulletin board with the poster of the 💩on it. If you need a swim diaper and/or swim diaper cover, those are available for purchase in the office.

BBQs and tables are on a first come first serve basis, another improvement is that we have more BBQs this year. Please keep doing what you’ve been doing, sharing is caring. Don’t forget to shut off the gas at the tank when done!

Speaking of BBQ, we originally had scheduled the opening day hot dogs and sodas last Saturday, we’ve now moved it to this coming Monday, Memorial Day.  We plan on having the grills going from 1-3pm and we’ll have some cake to serve up as well to help kick off our 55th year.

For our new members, I don’t have a plan in place for a formal orientation but please feel free to come and swim. Myself and Chris Matsumoto, my Assistant Manager, will be around this weekend as well as during the coming week at swim team practices. Please say hello, ask any questions and we’ll try our best to make you feel at home. I can also be reached via email at:

Early morning lap swim will begin next Tuesday and run until Labor Day Weekend. So those of you that are early risers out there, you can plan on starting your morning Wedgwood routine very soon. Early laps will run from 6-7:30am.

Adult afternoon lap swim will also start next Tuesday. Afternoon laps will run until school gets out for the summer. this swim runs from 2:30-3:30pm.

Member lesson registration for session 1 will be on Wednesday, May 29th, starting at 6pm.

Sunday morning Adult Laps will start in June.

Again, the pool opens on Saturday, May 25th, at noon! Looking forward to reconnecting, and getting to know those of you that are new to the double dub over the next few days and weeks.

Back to managing, not fixing… 😊  See you at the pool!


Saturday, May 25th 
Hrs: 12-7

Sunday, May 26th
Note: Sunday Laps will be starting June
Hrs: 12-7

Monday, May 27th
Hrs: 12-7
Hot Diggity Dogs, Soda and CAKE! 1-3pm

Tuesday, May 28th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Adult Laps 2:30-3:30
Hrs: 3:30-6

Wednesday, May 29th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Adult Laps 2:30-3:30
Hrs: 3:30-6
Member Registration for lesson session 1 starts @ 6pm

Thursday, May 30th
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Adult Laps 2:30-3:30
Hrs: 3:30-6

Friday, May 31st
Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
Adult Laps 2:30-3:30
Hrs: 3:30-7

Saturday, June 1st
Hrs: 12-7

Sunday, June 2nd
Hrs: 12-7


May 2019 Newsletter

The pool will open on Saturday May 18th from 12pm to 7pm for members only (no guests or parties), with free hot dogs and sodas from 12-2pm and an orientation for new members at 1:30pm. We look forward to seeing you there!
Hello Swim Team Families!  The sun is finally out and another season is just around the corner. Swim team registration opened on April 1st and you can also sign up for volunteer positions – thanks to the families of the 119 kids who have signed up!To register for swim team and find information about swim meets and volunteering, visit this link:  
Key Dates:

May 20 – first evening practice! Swimmers must be registered to get into the pool on the first practice.
Online gear ordering opens on May 10th, and Sylvia’s will be at the pool during swim team practice from 5:45pm to 7:45pm on May 20th. New gear has been added, and this year everything will be shipped to you at home. Plus any member can order items (you don’t have to be on swim team)!Our first home meet is Wedg v Wood on June 20th – this is a great opportunity to ease into the season! We have three other home meets, on July 9, 11 and 16.  We will also host Boys Prelims on July 30.
Thank you so much to everyone who has gotten back to us for volunteer lead spots; we will add your names into Team Unify. We still need a split timer lead and a runner lead. And of course there are lots of timer slots, concessions slots and non-lead spots to grab for your 15 hours. Thanks in advance for all your help! We’re looking forward to a great season!

The online store order dates are May 10-23. Any member can order swim team gear (not just swim team participants). You can create an account prior to May 10th (recommended to avoid log-in and password issues), however you will not be able to enter the WW Swim Team store until May 10th.Instructions for ordering of swim team gear:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on My Teams Login, located in the upper right of the home page
  3. Create a new account or log in to your existing Sylvia’s Swimwear account
  4. Enter the Team Code (WWSUM19) into the Add A Team section. Click Add Team or press Enter.
  5. Click on the Team Name to enter the WW Pool My Teams page
  6. You can browse by categories via the menu on the left side
  7. Select desired products and sizes and Add To Cart. (Note: custom products may have an option for logo and/or name. Names are automatically added when any entry is made in the Add Name field.)
  8. Check your order carefully as all custom orders are final sale.
  9. Follow the online instructions for Checkout to complete your order.
Below are images of the gear available through our online store at Sylvia’s Swimwear.

If you have concerns about sizing you can come to the pool for fitting on May 20th from 5:45 to 7:45pm, or contact our Sylvia’s Swimwear rep Jamie Pastrana for assistance.Sylvia’s Swimwear
Bellevue, WA
M-F, 9am – 5pm

What’s happening this week at the Double Dub…

From the Manager

Things generally seem to be going very well around the pool, and looking ahead, better weather appears to be right around the corner! AND only two weeks to go until we make the switch to the full summer swim schedule! 

Some odds and ends this week…

Pool Calendar

We frequently field questions regarding what the pool schedule is. Those of you wondering might check out this link to the pool calendar as it is the go to spot for what’s happening and will be the most accurate and up to date source of information. Once you get to the page, the calendar may be viewed by week, month, or agenda. and it can be printed out as well.


Early Morning Lap Swim started last Monday and will run weekdays for the season,
6-7:30am. I wanted let you know that we will be opening up the building/locker rooms a bit before 6am in an attempt to actually have you be able to hop right in and start swimming at 6. Also, we ask that until school is out, and we make the switch to the full summer schedule, that you are mindful of your time needed to get out, get dressed, and be on your way. We would like to wrap up/lock up no later than 7:45am.  Finally, please remember to sign in!


Aerobics will be back on Monday, June 25th. Here is the schedule:
12:30-1:15pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday
8:00-8:45am on Tuesday and Thursday


Each household has up to 20 guests per season at $5.00/each. After the first 20, additional guests are $7 each. Register all guests at the pool office when you bring them.

Special Guest Categories
  • Care Givers:  Member’s children cared for by a “babysitter” must register their sitter at the office.  No guest fee will be charged for the sitter.  The sitter is allowed to use the pool only when responsible for those children.  Please register sitters at the beginning of each season.
  • Houseguests: Must be from out of town & living at member’s home.  Register at office with beginning and ending dates of stay. One time fee during stay is $5.00/person & count once against the 20 guest limit.
  • Teen Guests:· During full season operations teens can bring up to 2 guests any day after 7pm for $2.50/each, and do not count against the family annual allotment.
Pool Parties 

Parties are geared for or a group of 6 to 12 people must be arranged through the managers or head guard in the pool office and are held during regular hours. Cost is $6.00 per guest, and does not count against the family’s 20 guests $5.00 limit.  Reservations must be made IN ADVANCE.  We ask that you limit your party to 2 hours. 

Pool Rentals 

Ideal for larger groups, rentals may be scheduled on Friday or Saturday PM after regular hours, or Saturday AM before pool opens. Afternoon rentals may also be available while school is in session.  2 hr rental = 1.5 hours in pool with last half hour out of pool.  Costs vary depending on size of group.  Please contact Raab at pool office for more information or to schedule a rental.

BBQ reminder

In doing my rounds one night last week I found a bbq left on.  Please double check that when you are finished that the bbq is OFF. Also, please turn off the tank.

Internship – last call

Are you 14-15 years old? We’ll be offering the internship again this year. The deadline for signing up is this Friday June15th. For more information and an application click here.

Looking Ahead

  • Adult Party and Kids Fun Float, Saturday, June 23rd 7-10pm
  • Adult Team – Workouts begin on Monday, June 25th and will be Monday and Wednesdays from 8-9pm.  The Adult Meet date has changed and will now be the morning of Saturday, July 28th at Aqua Club.
  • Swim Team Overnighter, June 30th – July 1, details to come.

What’s This?
This is our almost vintage pool vacuum. I remember former Wedgwood Manager, Peter Klein buying this thing over 30 years ago. Once a week we still use this thing to help clean up the pool. Additionally, we now have not one, but two robotic “Dolphin” pool cleaners with one of them deployed on a daily basis. It doesn’t take much to mess up the pool, so please, if you could help us by keeping those band-aids, bobby pins, and whatnot out of the pool to begin with it would be much appreciated.

Counting down the days…


Monday, June 11th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-6pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Tuesday, June 12th

  •  Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-6pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Wednesday, June 13th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-6pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Thursday, June 14th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-6pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Friday, June 15th

  •   Early Morning Lap Swim 6-7:30am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7:30pm

Saturday, June 16th

  •   12 and Under – Swim Team Time Trials, 8am warm-up, 8:30am start
  •   13 and Up – Relay Meet, 10am start
  •    Hrs: 12-8pm

Sunday, June 17th

  •     Hrs: 12-7pm​
  •    Happy Father’s Day!

February News

*As we move closer to the swim season please read the messages below from Pool Membership, Landscape and Management.

Membership:Your annual Dues Statements have been mailed – if you have not yet received your Statement for 2018, please contact Membership at immediately.

Reminder: the Due Date for Dues Payment is March 1, 2018.   Any payments or status change requests made after March 1, 2018, will be subject to a $100 late fee; payments received after April 1st 2018 will be subject to a $250.00 late fee.  Please return your dues/fee statement or status change request form with your payment.  This ensures correct correlation of payment with household.

Limited Offer :  until March 1st, 2018  The amount of transferor fees received upon sale of you membership will be doubled.  (Instead of the typical $650 transferor fee, you will receive $1,300 for a membership sale occurring during this limited time frame).

Good news:  The Full Member dues did not increase this year; therefore, dues and fees remain the same as 2017.

Payment options:  You can now use PayPal to pay your dues/fees.  Your statement reflects your payment total if you use PayPal, with the addition of their fees.  As always, you can pay using a check/money order.
Household Members (full members) and Eligible Designees (Senior Swimmers): All listed under these groups must adhere to the by-laws definition of:

  1. Resides as a full-time household member in the home of owner member; or
  2. Is a child of the owner member and is 26 years of age or younger, regardless of residence. Note:  if their birthdate is 1991 or earlier, they can ONLY be listed if they reside in your residence full time.
Molly Martin


This year our annual landscape event will be held on Saturday May 5 from 10am to 4pm. The time commitment is 3 hours per family.

A few changes this year:

  1. The big landscape projects are done.  We have weeding, raking, and sweeping to be done – not glamorous, but necessary. Please bring buckets, weeding tools, rakes etc.
  2. Very Important, Check-in time will be from 10am to 1pm ONLY. I know scheduling for families is difficult, last year many folks came at the end of the day and there was nothing to do. I don’t want to waste your day. As a result, sign-in cutoff will be1pm.
  3. This plan is a firm at this time-but if needs dictate and we are able to schedule another landscape party you will be notified via the WW Pool Newsletter. So please keep current on emails from the pool, and spread the word about landscape party.

Stephen Ramaley

Pool Manager:

Wedgwood Swim Pool has always been a strong community. As managers, our job is to make decisions to best meet the needs of all those who enjoy Wedgwood pool.  As the community changes, we must be prepared to adjust the operations of the pool.  Over the past several years, we have identified new needs for lap swimmers, water aerobics participants, swim team members, and community members participating in the lesson program.  While we have been able to make minor adjustments to better accommodate certain groups, we feel the time has come to make more significant changes to pool schedules to better meet the needs of the Wedgwood community.

After consulting with the swim coaches, lesson coordinator and the board we have developed a New Schedule for Swim Team Practice.  The new schedule has taken into account feedback from families over the past few years, as well as addressing issues identified by the coaching staff.  We believe the changes will better support the growth and development of the Wedgwood swimmers.

Early Season Evening Practices:
6-6:30PM = 8 years and under
6:30-7:10PM = 9-10 year olds
7:10-8:00PM = 11-12 year olds
8:00-9:00PM = 13 years & Up
Summer Morning Practices:
7:00-7:30AM = 15 & up (lanes 1 & 2 practice for swimmers who have jobs)
7:30-9:00AM = 13 years & Up
9:00-9:30AM = 8 years and under
9:30-10:15AM = 9-10 year olds
10:15-11:00AM = 11-12 year olds

We will also be making changes to lap swim and the lesson program which will be announced in the coming weeks.  These adjustments also reflect the changing needs of our community.  We realize that any change has an impact on your summer. And we wanted to share this information as soon as it was available.

We look forward to sunnier days and seeing you all back at Wedgwood Swim Pool for summer 2018!

Raab Parker

Special Membership Sale

Has life gotten too busy to spend any time at the pool? Has your family outgrown the desire to come to the pool?  If your answer is yes; we have an opportunity for you!

For a LIMITED time, October 24, 2017 – March 1, 2018, we will double the amount of transferor fees you receive upon sale of your membership. Instead of the typical $650 transferor fee, you will receive a check for $1,300 for a membership sale occurring during this limited time frame.

Please contact for additional information.

Note: The WW Pool is an important summer community for most of us.  And membership sales are entirely voluntary. 

August… rollin’ along

From the manager…


Latest Update: 

Word on the street about the street is that the roadwork is scheduled for Friday now, not Thursday, however the word from SDOT when I called says they are doing it Thursday…

We’ll let you know what we know when we know it…

The most immediate information I need to share with you is that the Seattle Department of Transportation – SDOT, will be working on 28th AVE NE from NE 75th to the pool this Thursday, August 17th. I have been told that the work is scheduled to start around noon and that the road will not be drivable for up to 6 hours after the work is completed. We will remain open so if you plan on coming to the pool that day plan on using alternative routes to get here.

The other big news this week is that the Watershow is coming up on Saturday!  The show will start at dusk – right around 8:30pm.  Also this year we’ll be having the BeanFish foodtruck on site from 6:30-8:30pm. Yum. So come grab a bite and enjoy the show.  

Please note that the pool will be closing early at 7pm both on Friday for the rehearsal, and then again on Saturday for the big show.

On Saturday, August 26th we’ll be having the 2nd and final adult party of the season. There will be drinks and light bites on the upper deck starting at 7pm and the party is scheduled to run until 10pm.  Also during the party there will be an Almost Anything Goes but sadly there will be no bull riding as that beast ended up biting the dust during our last Anything Goes.

TIDBITS – in chronological order

  •  Lesson Registration for Session 5 – Wed., Aug 16th, 8:30am.
  • The pool will close at 7pm both Fri., Aug. 18th and Sat., Aug. 19th for the Watershow rehearsal and show.
  • Thurs, Aug 24th after 5:45pm – Water Polo Matches will close the deep area of the pool.  No lap lanes will be available during this time.
  • Water aerobics will run through Friday, August 25th.
  • Adult Party 7-10pm and Anything Goes 7-9:30pm
  • Thur, Aug 31st the pool will be closing early at 3:45pm for the SSSL Water Polo Championships.
  • Early Morning Lap Swim will wrap up for the season on Friday the 1st of September.
  • Labor Day – Biathlon 9:30am, Games 2:30pm
  • The last day of the season will be Sunday, Sept 10th.

See you at the pool!



Family Swim 
Family Swim weekdays from 5:30-7:00pm.  This is a quieter time at the club, perfect for families with small children.  Keep in mind that those swimmers under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult family member during the Family Swim time.

Teen Swim
Teen Swim is daily after 7pm. Teen members can bring in up to 3 guests for $2.50 per guest.  These do not count against the guest allotment.

Water Aerobics 
Aerobics Schedule: M, W, F from 12-12:45pm and on T, Th from 8-8:45am.  Aerobics will run through Friday, August 25th!


Tuesday, August 15th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Pool Hrs: 1-9pm

Wednesday, August 16th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Lesson Registration for Session 5
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm

Thursday, August 17th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm

Friday, August 18th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-7pm

Saturday, August 19th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm
  •   Watershow 7pm (BeanFish Food Truck 6:30-8:30pm)

Sunday, August 20th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

Monday, August 21st

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Pool Hrs: 1-9pm

Tuesday, August 22nd

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Pool Hrs: 1-9pm

Wednesday, August 23rd

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm

Thursday, August 24th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 8-8:45am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm* (shallow end only after 5:45pm – no lap lane)
  •   Water Polo Matches 6pm – close

Friday, August 25th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Aerobics 12-12:45pm (last day)
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm

Saturday, August 26th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm

Sunday, August 27th

  •   Hrs: 12-9pm
  •   Adult Party.2 7-10pm
  •   Anything Goes 7-9:30pm

Monday, August 28th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Pool Hrs: 1-9pm

Tuesday, August 29th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Pool Hrs: 1-9pm

Wednesday, August 30th

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-9pm

Thursday, August 31st

  •   EMLS 6-7:30am
  •   Hrs: 1-3:45pm
  •   Water Polo Championships 4pm

This week at Wedgwood – June 12th – June 18th

From the manager…
Sometimes things go a little sideways and that’s exactly what happened today (Sunday) in the womens’ locker room.

If you weren’t at the pool, or haven’t already heard, the full size mirror attached to the changing stall came crashing down.  Frightening to say the least.  Fortunately, no one was injured but the clean up will take a bit more time than we anticipated, therefore the womens’ locker room will be closed on Monday morning during early morning lap swim.

I want to apologize for this inconvenience and truly wish I were able to give more advance notice but after the initial cleaning, which involved a good deal of sweeping, vacuuming, and then spraying, it was still evident that there is more to clean up.  The floor needs to be completely dry to get the job done and that is why we need to keep the locker room closed a bit longer. So with more cleaning on the schedule for tomorrow morning it is our hope that things will soon be back to being a bit more normal.

As far as the mirror goes, prior to making any decisions on replacement, we’ll be taking a good look at why it came down and better systems for fastening.

Now besides all this excitement there is a home meet this week!  Wedg vs Wood on Thursday. Please note that the pool will not be open for general swim that afternoon but will be open for the afternoon lap swim from 2:30-3:30.

Also the pool will stay open an little bit longer this coming Friday and Saturday – 8pm closing! 

See you at the pool this week.



Monday, June 12th

  •   EMLS 6-7am (womens’ locker room closed) 
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Tuesday, June 13th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice – Snack Practice

Wednesday, June 14th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Thursday, June 15th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Pool not open for general swim
  •   Wedg vs Wood meet 6pm

Friday, June 16th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-8pm

Saturday, June 17th

  •   Relay Meet at View Ridge – 10am
  •   Hrs: 12-8pm

Sunday, June 18th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm
  •   Happy Fathers’ Day!


What’s happening this week at the double dub…

Monday, June 5th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Tuesday, June 6th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Wednesday, June 7th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Thursday, June 8th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm
  •   Evening Swim Team Practice

Friday, June 9th

  •   EMLS 6-7am
  •   Adult Lap Swim 2:30-3:30pm
  •   Hrs: 3:30-7pm

Saturday, June 10th

  •   Non-Member Registration for Lesson Session 1 – 8:30am
  •   Time Trials for 12 and under 10am (warm-up @ 9:30)
  •   Hrs: 12-7pm

Sunday, June 11th

  •   Hrs: 12-7pm

Swim Team 

TIME TRIALS (for 12 & Unders only) – Saturday, June 10th @ 10:00 am (warm-up begins at 9:30)

Time Trials is basically a baseline test for the swimmers in our younger three age groups. We like getting times for them all at the beginning of the year, so we know where they started and track the improvement as the summer goes along. This will not take very long, we will ask each swimmer to try each of the strokes (this is not required, they can do any or all of the events) and it moves along pretty quickly. I assume we’ll be finished by 11:30 am.

We will be talking to the swimmers about this during the week and making sure we’re preparing them for what to expect.

Chris Matsumoto (

Evening workouts continue Monday – Thursday.

  • 8 and under, 7-7:30
  • 9-11, 7:30 – 8
  • 12-14, 8 – 8:45
  • 15 and up, 8:45 to 9:30