The Columbia Association (CA), recently began a women-only swimming pilot program. The pilot offers women-only swim times on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-2 p.m. in the Program Pool at the Columbia Swim Center. The program began in October and will run through the end of this month.
People Acting Together in Howard (PATH), a multi-racial, multi-faith, county-wide citizens’ organization rooted in local congregations and associations, approached CA about the need for women-only swim times. CA recognized this need and saw this request as a chance to partner with a local organization to help serve all Columbia residents, regardless of race, income, gender or religion.
When it was founded in 1967, Columbia was envisioned by Jim Rouse as a community that welcomes diversity, and this program is one way that CA is helping to ensure that Columbia remains integrated and accepting of all people. This program is for all women, of all ages. Male children under six are also welcome.
This program is just one women-only feature of CA. There is also a Women’s Gym located in the Supreme Sports Club and the Columbia Gym. These areas of the fitness facilities provide female members with a setting where they can feel comfortable to exercise and recreate in a woman-only setting.
CA has been exploring the need for women-only programs as well as other aquatics issues in the Aquatics Master Plan, which is being finalized early this year. Visit ColumbiaAssociation.org/AquaticsMasterPlan for more information.
If you have any questions about this program, visit the CA’s women-only swim time FAQ page.
— Written by Aria White