Aquatics

                               

Try water walking in the lazy river!

Women water walking in the lazy river

Fitness is fun in the pool!

Women using water weights in the pool
 

Jump in the water, swim some laps, and float in the lazy river! With both indoor and outdoor pools, the Merriam Community Center offers fun in the water year round. 

Both indoor and outdoor pools have zero-depth entry. Slides, lazy river, lap swimming, and warm therapy water are available year-round in the indoor pool. The outdoor pool also offers diving boards, a zip line, and other fun water features for the kids.  

Pool Overview 

  • Shower before you enter the pool. 
  • Proper swimsuit attire is required. 
  • Swimsuits with metal or plastic zippers, buckles, rivets, buttons, or metal/plastic ornamentation aren’t allowed on the slides.
  • Lifeguards will always be on duty when the pool is open. 
  • The temperature of the therapy pool is 90℉. All other pool areas are kept at 84℉. 
  • Water features will only be turned on during open swim times.

Indoor Pool Schedule

Use the calendar below to see lap swimming times, open swim times, and other indoor pool amenities. Toggle between different features by using the dropdown arrow in the top right corner.  There are four lap lanes available for swimming. Six spaces are available per hour for water walking in the lazy river. Make reservations at the welcome desk or by calling 913-322-5550. Free for members!

Lap Swimming Reservation  beginning Monday, April 26

Water Walking Reservation beginning Monday, April 26

Classes and Programs 

Infants, Toddler & Youth Programs

Aqua Toddler Swim Time 

Mondays and Wednesdays  ▶  10:30–11:30 a.m.  
Ages 0–4 with adult present 
$50 for 10 punches or $90 for 20 punches

1 punch visit = 1 parent and 1 child 
Free for members!

Open swim time for parents with children four years old and younger. This is their time to explore the aquatics facility without fear of big kids splashing or other programs in their way. This isn't a swim lesson and won't be instructor led. Parents must be in the water with their children. 

Sensory Hour 

Wednesdays and Fridays  ▶  11 a.m.–noon
All Ages 
$50 for 10 punches or
 $90 for 20 punches
1 punch visit = 1 caregiver and 1 dependent 
Free for members!

Time-specific for families with children sensitive to loud noises or big splashes of water. During this time, all fountains, slides, and water features are shut down. Parent involvement is encouraged but not required. 

Infant Survival Swim – Non-Walkers

This 6-week program teaches infants 6-12 months to roll over from a face down or submerged position onto their backs to relax and breath. Lessons are one-on-one, four days a week, and 15 minutes long.

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  April - May ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  June - July OR July - August ▶ Register beginning April 5

Infant Survival Swim – Walkers

This 8-week program teaches toddlers the swim-float-swim sequence. Children will learn to swim a short distance with their face fully submerged, roll onto their back, float and rest whenever they need to breathe, and to flip back onto their tummy to continue to swim to safety while fully clothed. Lessons are one-on-one, four days a week, and 15 minutes long. 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  April - May ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  June - July ▶ Register

SuperKids 

This class is for advanced swimmers ages 5–8 years old. Kids will learn correct freestyle breathing, streamlines, backstroke, and other swim techniques. They will spend 30 minutes on instruction and 15 minutes playing games. This class takes place in the outdoor pool.

Mon./Wed/Sat  ▶ April ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs. ▶ June, July, or Aug. ▶ Register beginning April 5

 

 


 

 

Merriam Dolphins Swim & Dive Teams

Merriam Dolphins Swim and Dive Team

Be a part of Merriam’s swim and dive teams! Athletes can choose to swim only, dive only, or swim and dive for the same fee! Swim caps provided. Athletes will need a blue suit.  Information and schedules are available at Team Unify.

MANDATORY PARENTS MEETING

May 20 ▶ 7 p.m. ▶ Merriam Community Center

PRE-COMPETITIVE SWIM

This team is designed for young swimmers who are learning to swim and dive and working on increasing their skills and endurance. This isn’t intended to be swim lessons. A qualified swimmer should be able to swim across the pool for 25 yards. They don’t need to know all four strokes.

 Practice Monday - Friday ▶ 7:30 - 8:30 a.m.  ▶ Register

COMPETITIVE SWIM

This team is designed for high-level swimmers who are able to swim 50 yards without stopping and know all four strokes. 

 Practice Monday - Friday ▶ 7 - 8:30 a.m.  ▶ Register 

DIVE TEAM

Designed for anyone interested in diving with three levels to choose from.

Beginner Practice Monday - Friday ▶  8:30 - 9 a.m.  ▶ Register 

Intermediate Practice Monday - Friday ▶  8:45 - 9:45 a.m.  ▶ Register 

Advanced Practice Monday - Friday ▶  8:45 - 9:45 a.m.  ▶ Register 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Swim Lessons

Swim lessons are all-inclusive and specific for each child’s skill set and include lifesaving and safety techniques. Register your child based on age. For preschool and youth lessons, class levels are used to ensure your child is successful. Children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate class level. Children should be able to work with an instructor and participate in swim lessons independently and willingly.

Parent/Child: 6 months–2 years

This lesson is designed as an introduction for parents and children alike. Learn safety tips while your child becomes familiar in the water and picks up basic water movement taught through songs, dances, and other fun forms of teaching. This class takes place in the indoor therapy pool. Parents must be in the water with their children.

April classes ▶   Register 

June classes ▶   Register 

July classes ▶   Register

August classes ▶   Register 

Preschool: 3–5 years old

Your child will learn basic water safety skills while also growing more comfortable in the water. Students will learn how to safely enter and exit the water, blow bubbles underwater, float, kick, and work on arm movements. 

April classes ▶   Register 

June classes ▶   Register 

July classes ▶   Register 

August classes ▶   Register 

Youth: 6–12 years old

Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and will learn how to be more comfortable in the water. More advanced swimmers are instructed in stroke technique, endurance, and safety skills.

April classes ▶   Register 

June classes ▶   Register 

July classes ▶   Register

August classes ▶   Register 

Adult: 13+ 

Adult lessons are designed to help each participant reach personal goals. Whether you want to be a proficient lap swimmer, learn to float, or acquire water safety skills, instructors will work to ensure your success! 

April classes ▶   Register 

June classes ▶   Register 

July classes ▶   Register 

 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3 . $85 for private lessons, $75 for semi-private. Call 913-322-5550 for more information. 

Water Fitness

Aqua Interval Fitness 

This class combines cardio and strength training intervals using noodles and dumbbells at varying intensities. Increase stamina, strength, flexibility, and joint range of motion. Appropriate for all fitness levels; ability to swim not necessary. Water shoes or sneakers are encouraged. Instructor: Potts

Tuesdays & Thursdays ▶  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  ▶ Register 

Saturdays ▶  8 - 9 a.m.  ▶ Register 

Aqua Zumba

Make a splash with this low-impact, high-energy aquatics class with upbeat music. This class uses water to create natural resistance. Instructor: Tobin

Tuesdays ▶  10 - 10:45 a.m.  ▶ Register 

Deep + Shallow Aerobics

Improve balance and strengthen muscles in this high-intensity, calorie-burning class that tones your body. This class utilizes both shallow and deep water as well as the lazy river. Instructor: Bolton

Mondays & Wednesdays ▶  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  ▶ Register 

QiGong

QiGong is a mind, body, and spirit practice that improves one’s mental, physical, and energy health. Students are recommended to bring a yoga mat as this class will be held on the outdoor pool deck. Instructor: Peterson

Sundays ▶  10 - 10:30 a.m.  ▶ Register 

Warm Water Arthritis Classes

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This therapeutic class is designed for those experiencing limited joint movement, pain, or reduced strength from arthritis. You’ll be guided through exercises designed to improve joint health and reduce discomfort. All are welcome to attend this six-week class. Class size is limited to ensure physical distancing. Instructor: Stone - AdventHealth

Tuesdays ▶  11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  ▶ Register 

Warm Water Therapy

Improve balance, reduce joint stiffness, increase flexibility, and have better overall mobility. This class is held in the therapy pool. Instructor: Bolton

Wednesdays ▶  12:15 - 1 p.m.  ▶ Register 

Water Aerobics

A moderate- to high-intensity class consisting of cardio and toning to improve cardiovascular endurance and muscle strength. Instructor: Peterson

Saturdays ▶  7:30 - 8:15 a.m.  ▶ Register 

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness

This class is designed to improve your mobility, stability, and flexibility. Instructor: Peterson

Mondays ▶  12 - 12:45 p.m.  ▶ Register