GO HERE: Hop In! The Water’s Fine! Swimming in the Rogue Valley in Winter
Summer’s around the bend and before you know it you’ll be pulling out those swim duds. But why wait to get wet? Whether you need water wings or water yoga, these warm-liquid locales offer a full menu of pool-time pleasures.
Ella Redkey: This geo-thermally heated outdoor swimming pool located in Klamath Falls is open year-round, and with programs like their Aqua Power, Cardio Blast and Masters Workout you and your kids will grow tone, strong and limber in no time. There’s even a synchronized swimming class where you can build endurance and finesse while performing to choreographed water ballet. ellaredkeypool.com (541) 274-1477
YMCA: A dependable family go-to for decades, the Y’s of Grants Pass, Medford, Klamath Falls and Ashland each have warm, indoor UV sanitized pools and a variety of classes and open swim times. There are daily guest rates or monthly membership fees. The Rotary Club of Grants Pass sponsors free swim lessons for kids during spring break at the Grants Pass YMCA. It’s popular so sign up early! Grants Pass (541) 474-0001, grantspassymca.org; Medford (541)772.6295, rvymca.org; Klamath Falls (541) 884.4190, kfallsymca.org; Ashland (541) 482-9622, ashlandymca.org
Cascade Community Pool: Located in White City, this favored all-age facility offers swim lessons, early-bird (4am) lap swim and several exercise classes in either the deep or shallow, depending on swimmers’ impact or intensity needs. Back wellness, week-night workout and deep water aerobics are held in their warm 87° pool. The venue is also rentable for private celebrations at a reasonable fee. (541) 826-2124, ccompool.strikingly.com
Health and Fitness Clubs: Membership gyms like Superior Athletic and Avamere in Medford, or Club Northwest in Grants Pass, offer a variety of exercises in their warm, multi-lane pools. Classes like yoga, joint movement therapy and deep cardio will keep you addicted to aqua-cise.
Rogue Aquatics: The quietest kid birthday bashes you’ll ever treat your ears to happen at Rogue Aquatics with their scuba party package. Celebrate with provided island theme décor on their upper level before the certified dive instructor takes over, and then relax poolside while the kids go underwater. Snorkel, swim lessons and lifeguard certification are also offered year-round in their 86 degree salt-water deep-dive pool. (541) 830-5551, rogueaquatics.com