1064 Bethel Rd, Columbus, OH 43220 (mailing address: PO Box 20015, Columbus, OH 43220)


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 to the early 2000’s, then again beginning in 2020. Our Code of Regulations, created by our founders, limits us to 900 households 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, including operating safely through Covid-19.

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 us 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.  

Located in Northwest Columbus, 1064 Bethel Rd, Mailing address: PO Box 20015, Columbus, OH 43220   Phone: 614-972-7399

From the Member Administrator of NWSC,
Thankfully, we are able to look back and celebrate a 2020 season, and applaud it as one of the best seasons Northwest has experienced, with a record growth of new members, creating a fun family feeling, and healthy atmosphere. We must praise the Management and Staff for all the hard work in preparation for the summer and in carrying out the Covid policies throughout. The cooperation displayed by the members must also be recognized for their compliance to the procedures and policies, cheerfulness in every visit, and general support of the Board, Management and Club, ending in a near full membership.
A full membership means that Owner’s Certificates will shortly (if not already) be sold out. No longer will the Club have any to sell, but potential new owners can still purchase them directly from a current owner. We officially call this a Transfer. Procedures to Buy or Sell Owner Certificates are detailed under the “Membership” banner. All will notice significant changes in the membership process going forward. Because we have sufficient funds to get us through the off-season there will not be a “Winter Discount,” Annual Dues will not even go up for sale until approximately March 1, all Owners must pay their Annual Dues by May 1st, and non-paying of dues by mid-May will result in the Club reclaiming the Owner’s Certificate (called Termination), so that we can immediately sell to a prospective new Owner. A full membership also means that much of the guess work in budgeting disappears. Our largest line item, Annual Dues, remains very constant, and funds can be counted on to make improvements.
The Northwest Swim Club is fully owned and operated by all its Owner’s Certificate holders who elect a Board to oversee its operation. Those not familiar with this type organization should understand Ownership requires the one-time purchase of a Certificate the first year and requires payment of dues annually.  As Owners we look to you for ways to contribute to our success. We hope you can find ways to participate with Swim Boosters, Spring Cleanup Day, being on the Board and committees, etc. Our goal is to provide the best possible facility for your family and friends to choose NWSC for many summers to come.
Dick Rabold
Northwest Swim Club – Member Administrator 

2020 Board Members

Betsy Saxer (President)
Jim Fritz (Vice President)
Cheryl Alexander (Secretary)
Dee Dee Manos (Treasurer)
Beth DeWitt
Tim Bowers
Lou Marcy
Alicia McAuliffe
Dan McCarthy
Deb Mosko
Kevin Peterman
Dick Rabold (Member Administrator)
Tom Vargo
Suzy Westrick
Mark Witchey

2020 Staff

Bill Kilkenny  General Manager
Jeanette Knapp  Concession Manager
Peggy Larue  Bookkeeper
Melanie Richards  Head Team Coach