11/16/2011 12:03 pm ET

Women-Only Swims Offer Religious, Personal Freedom

Life-long Columbia resident Katlin Lamke learned to swim as a young child through the Columbia Association and enjoyed the activity until her early teen years.

As she matured physically, she found that she got unwanted attention at the pool.

As a result, she stopped swimming.

Shehlla Khan, a Muslim, could not swim in co-ed settings because of religious dress codes.

When her husband became ill, it was hard for the mother of three to take her children swimming when she had to remain fully clothed.

In talking to other members of the Dar al-Taqwa Mosque, Khan realized many other men and women wanted separate swimming times.