The Therapy Pool at Seattle Children's Hospital provides aquatic therapy, water-play sessions and swim lessons. It was named the best adapted-aquatics and hospital-aquatics program in the nation by the United States Water Fitness Association (USWFA).

The pool is heated to 93 degrees. It is 15 yards long, 2 to 5 feet deep and equipped with accessible lifts.

Services We Offer

  • Aquatic therapy for patients who are staying in the hospital (inpatients) and children seen in our clinics (outpatients)  
  • Recreational family swims for inpatients and outpatients and their families on the day of an appointment
    • Inpatients need their doctors' permission and the written orders on the inpatient swimming pool permission form before swimming. Inpatients must bring their signed permission form to the pool. 
    • Parents must sign a consent for outpatients and other family members. If you are unable to swim with your child, trained volunteers are often available to accompany your child in the pool.
  • One-on-one instruction for children who have special needs (adapted aquatics)
    • These sessions help children learn water safety skills and gain experience with locker rooms, pool decks and pool rules in a calm environment. These lessons are not covered by insurance and will have to be paid for out-of-pocket by the family. Email us for more information and to schedule an evaluation.
  • Evening swim lessons for children in our community ages 6 months to 5 years old
    • Information on our swim lesson program is available by visiting our Facebook page . For more information about swim lessons, and to get added to the contact list, email us .
  • Family swim times for families in the community
    • This is a one-hour recreational swim time. Pre-registration is required. Family swim is offered during special hours .
  • Warm-water adult independent exercise hours for employees, family members of patients and community adults
    • Adult community members pay a small fee to use the pool.

Watch a Video About the Therapy Pool