NWSC History

In the fall of 1971, about a dozen families in a small neighborhood in Northwest Columbus decided that the area needed a swimming pool for family recreation. By March of 1972 they were starting to dig a hole. On July 22, 1972 the pool was opened for its first day of business.

Northwest Swim Club has gone through periods of growth and decline with a full Membership of 900 households in the 1990’s and 2000’s. Our Code of Regulation, created by our founders, limits us to 900 families in a facility designed for 1100 so that we can avoid overcrowding. From the outset, Northwest Swim Club has been a place for families; after all, it is owned and operated entirely by its members. Activities were created by the members and designed around their interests. Many of these activities have become so popular that they are part of the folklore of the Club. Yet, the Club has been ever changing to meet the needs of each generation that it has had the privilege to serve.

The competitive swimming and diving teams have been a model for the area. Going through experiences of large and small teams, we have experienced all levels of success including a two-year drought of dual meet wins and 16 years of consecutive championships. But our focus has always been an atmosphere of sportsmanship and fun first, then competitiveness. Our parents group has always kept the proper focus on a positive experience for their children.

Initially, we were located on a rather quiet country road. Now, Bethel Road is an important business district. Yet, Northwest Swim Club has continued to be nestled in a quiet and beautiful setting above all the traffic and hustle going on around. We like to think of it as the “Oasis of Bethel Rd.”

The pool is constructed of stainless steel, a new concept for pools in 1972. At that time, it was the “World’s Largest Stainless Steel Swim Pool.” That foresight has been a key to the continued youthful look to the facility, along with constant improvements to maintain a top-notch Club.


2019 Board Members

Dick Rabold (President) president@nwswimclub.org
Jim Fritz (Vice President)
Alicia McAuliffe (Secretary)
Sandy Caruthers (Treasurer)
Cheryl Alexander
John Alves
Tim Bowers
Bri Brown
DeeDee Manos
Darren McNair
Jeff Mitchell
Dave Parker
Kevin Peterman
Betsy Saxer
Mark Witchey

2019 Management

Dave Shepherd General Manager generalmanager@nwswimclub.org
Bill Kilkenny Assistant Manager
Jeanette Knapp Concession Manager
Member Administrator membership@nwswimclub.org
Amber McAuliffe Bookkeeper
Melanie Richards Head Team Coach