West Chester Summer Swim Guide

What pool do you go to?

Summer is nearly upon us and we have left an important question unanswered – where will we swim? In the past we have gone to the YMCA pool, which is nice. The waterpark provides a couple days worth of distraction and it’s reasonably priced, but now that the kids are getting a little older I think it would be nice to join a pool with the rest of their friends. 

So we’re reviewing our options.

As I see it we have four options, join a swim club, opt for a membership at a swimming pool, rent an apartment with pool amenities or develop a close friendship with someone that owns their own pool. Options three and four are long-shots at this point so I’ll focus on the other two.

Swim clubs:

Waterview Swim Club. Photo from Waterview Swim Club.

Where I grew up, we didn’t have swim clubs. You just chose between the public pool and the country club or for the naturists the city’s man-made lake. The whole idea of a swim club feels very Mad Men to me, which I am not saying is a bad thing.

If you are looking to join a swim club, just make a note to start the process early, like February, as the clubs fill up quickly.

“Most clubs will have waiting lists since there are not that many for such a large area as ours,” said one helpful neighbor on NextDoor. 

As of the writing of this article two of the clubs are at capacity for the 2019 swim season but Waterview still had a few openings.

Waterview Swim Club

About: Waterview Swim Club is located on a beautiful three acre property in residential West Chester, PA.

Location: 2 Waterview Road, West Chester, PA

Membership requirements: Membership fee is based on family size: $600 for a family of four.

Swim team: Waterview sharks

Facilities: Main pool, wading pool, picnic area with grill, playground, basketball court, shuffleboard, snack bar

Events/activities: Swim team, swim lessons, lifeguard training courses, school’s out pizza party, teen party, movie nights, raft night

Pool opens: May 25

Roslyn Swim Club

About: A neighborhood pool where families and friends gather to enjoy the sun, water and companionship.

Location: 838 Spruce Avenue, West Chester, PA

Membership requirements: Membership is fee is based on family size: $565 for a family of four. In addition to the membership fee a one time initiation fee is also due. It is paid out in $200 increments over the first two years of membership. 

Swim team: Roslyn Stingrays

Facilities: Baby pool, lap pool, diving boards, water slide, pavilion. 

Events/activities: Swim lessons, pool parties 

Pool opens: May 25

Wedgewood Swim Club

About: Wedgewood is a member-owned and run swim club. They describe themselves as a place “where families come to meet.” A member of NextDoor attested to that saying, “It’s a great community and the swim team is fun!”

Location: 957 S. Matlack Street, West Chester, PA

Membership requirements: In addition to membership dues, members must invest in a bond for the pool. The expense is reimbursed when the member leaves the club and the bond is sold to a new family. However, it is an additional upfront cost to consider. 

Swim team: Wedgewood Whales

Facilities: Main pool with diving area; lap pool; Baby pool; Bathroom and shower area; Covered pavilion with TV, deck large picnic area; charcoal grills  

Events/activities: pool parties, bingo, swim lessons, basketball, volleyball and horseshoe pits.

Pool opens: May 25

Swimming pools:

The outdoor waterpark at the West Chester YMCA. Photo from YMCA.

West Chester YMCA

About: Spend the summer cool at the pool with your family and friends and enjoy a summer full of events and fun! Their words, but we’ve enjoyed our time there. As one Next Door contributor described it: “The Y is nice and has slides and other fun things to climb on in the pool.”

Location: 605 Airport Road, West Chester, PA

Membership requirements: To get access to the outdoor pool you must be a member of the YMCA and also purchase a pool membership which is a seperate fee. While many of the area Ys include outdoor pool access with their membership, West Chester does not. 

Swim team:  The Marlins

Facilities: Baby pool, six-lane adult pool, interactive pirate ship with dumping bucket, multiple pool slides, snack bar. 

Events/activities: The pool hosts themed events throughout the summer. Also, gym and class access as you need to be a member to join the pool. Note: they also bring campers to the pool so it can get crowded during the day. 

Pool opens: May 25

ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center

About: The ACAC Waterpark in West Chester offers fun in the sun, or relaxation in the shade! (Their words not, mine.)

Location: 1130 McDermott Dr, West Chester, PA 

Membership requirements: Access to the outdoor pool is included with the full facility membership. 

Swim team:  The Dolphins

Facilities: Two waterslides, baby pool, lap pool, cafe

Activities/events: Pool parties, swim lessons. Also, gym and class access as you need to be a member to join the pool.

Pool opens: May 11

West Chester Country Club

About: According to their website, the club emphasizes family togetherness, enjoyment and relaxation. Sounds like summer to me. 

Location: 111 W. Ashbridge St., West Chester, PA

Membership requirements:  You can join as a full social member that includes all the amenities (tennis, pool, dining and golf) or you can join just the pool. There are still dining requirements with the pool membership and in addition to the cost of the annual membership and the bi-monthly dining minimums, there are monthly improvement fees, a one time initiation fee, and certificate purchase.  

Swim team: WCGCC Piranhas

Facilities: 25-meter lap pool with diving board, baby pool with fountains, full-service kitchen with wait staff and full bar.

Activities/events: Pool parties and (in case full-service bar wasn’t clear) poolside cocktails.

Pool opens: May 25

Apartment Pools

Pool at Chestnut Square Apartments. Photo: Chestnut Square Apartment

Now, if you have the foresight and the means, perhaps the easiest way to guarantee you have a place to swim all summer, is to rent from a building with a pool.

Try: New Kent, Heather Glen, Heather Glen, The Pointe at Windermere and Chestnut Square are just some of the complexes in and around the borough that a list swimming pool among their amenities.

Or maybe its to pay those neighbors with the beautiful in ground pool a surprise visit?

Summer is upon us. Enjoy.

Plus, take in the history while getting your steps in with West Chester new walking tour or elevate it to a run. One of West Chester’s most iconic runs will soon be upon us.


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