Aquatics

The outdoor pool opens on Memorial Day!

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Become a Merriam Dolphin!

The swim and dive team has been flippin' and kickin' since 1963!

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Try water walking in the lazy river!

Women water walking in the lazy river

The outdoor pool opens on Memorial Day!

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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 Schedules 

Pool Rules 

  • Shower before you enter the pool. 
  • Proper swimsuit attire is required. (Board Shorts, Swim Trucks, Aquatic or Water Shirt, Standard Bikini, Bathing Suit, Swim Diapers)
  • Swimsuits with metal or plastic zippers, buckles, rivets, buttons, or metal/plastic ornamentation aren’t allowed on the slides.
  • United States Coast Guard approved lifejackets are allowed. No floaties or rafts. 
  • Water features will only be turned on during open swim times.
  • 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℉.

Classes and Programs 

Aquatic Programs for Infants and Toddlers

Aqua Toddler Swim Time + Sensory Hour

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶  10:30 - Noon  
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!

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 turned off.  Parents with children 4 years old and younger can explore the zero depth, shallow water and therapy pool without fear of big kids splashing.  This isn't a swim lesson and won't be instructor led.  Parents must be in the water with their children.  

Infant Survival Swim – Non-Walkers

This 6-week program teaches infants 6-24 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.  ▶  September - October ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  November - December ▶ Register 

 

Infant Survival Swim – Walkers (2 - 4 years old)

This 6-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.  ▶  September - October ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  ▶  November - December ▶ Register 

Infant Survival Swim  - Advanced (2 - 4 years old)

This program is a continuation of the Infant Survival Swim Program and teaches the swim-float-swim sequence.  Lessons are 30 minutes long, twice a week (Monday - Thursday) or once a week on Saturdays.   Limit 5 per class.

Mon.–Thurs. or Saturday  ▶  September - October ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs.  or Saturday ▶  November - December ▶ 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 45 minutes on instruction and 15 minutes playing games. Choose two days per week Monday - Thursday or Saturday.

Mon.–Thurs. or Saturday ▶ September 11 - October 16  ▶ Register 

Mon.–Thurs. or Saturday ▶  October 23 - December 4 ▶ Register 

MJ's Kids

Mary Jo Keller works with children specifically focusing on strokes and stroke development.  These classes meet twice a week for 30 minutes at a time.  The instructor and guardian will determine times and days that work best for them.

▶  Register 

Merriam Dolphins Swim & Dive Teams

Merriam Dolphins Swim and Dive Team

Be a part of Merriam’s summer 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 UnifyMore information coming in Spring 2022.

Junior Dolphins

This program is designed for students who want to be on the Dolphins swim team.  The ideal student has gone through several rounds of swim lessons and is looking for more of a challenge.  Students learn starts, flip turns, and swim team workouts.

Saturdays ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶  Register beginning August 2

 

 

 

 

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.

August classes ▶   Register

September classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

October classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

November classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

December classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

 

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. 

August classes ▶   Register

September classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

October classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

November classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

December classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

 

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.

August classes ▶   Register

September classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

October classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

November classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

December classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

 

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! 

July classes ▶   Register

September classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

October classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

November classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

December classes ▶   Register beginning August 2

 

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. 

Junior Dolphins

This program is designed for students who want to be on the Dolphins swim team.  The ideal student has gone through several rounds of swim lessons and is looking for more of a challenge.  Students learn starts, flip turns, and swim team workouts.

Saturdays ▶ 12 - 1 p.m. ▶  Register beginning August 2

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

Tuesdays & Thursdays ▶  5:30 - 6:30 p.m.  ▶ Register beginning August 2

 

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

Tuesdays ▶  10 - 10:45 a.m.  ▶ Register beginning August 2

 

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

Mondays & Wednesdays ▶  11 a.m. - 12 p.m.  ▶ Register beginning August 2

 

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

Wednesdays ▶  12:15 - 1 p.m.  ▶ Register beginning August 2

 

Water Aerobics

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

Saturdays ▶  9:00 - 9:45 a.m.  ▶ Register

Saturdays ▶  9:00 - 9:45 a.m.  ▶ Register beginning August 2

 

Water Walking/Therapy Fitness

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

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

Mondays ▶  12 - 12:45 p.m.  ▶ Register beginning August 2