Aquatics

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 from Memorial Day to Labor Day. 

Open swim begins at noon; access to features vary. See the pool schedules for specific information.

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 

Adaptive Swim Lessons

KU Sensory Enhanced Aquatics - YOUTH

This class provides swimming and water safety lessons for children who are on the autism spectrum. Traditional learn-to-swim methods are combined with sensory startegies matched to the unique needs of each swimmer. Individual and small-group lessons are available. Instructors: The University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Occupational Therapy Education Staff. 

Thursdays   ▶ January 24 -April 25 ▶  6:30-7 p.m.  ▶ Registration opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

Thursdays   ▶ January 24 -April 25 ▶  7:05-7:35 p.m.  ▶ Registration opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

Thursdays   ▶ January 24 -April 25 ▶  7:40-8:10 p.m.  ▶ Registration opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

 

KU Sensory Enhanced Aquatics- ADULT

This class provides swimming and water safety lessons for adults who are on the autism spectrum. Traditional learn-to-swim methods are combines with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each swimmer. Individual and small-group lessons are available. Instructors: The University of Kansas Medical Center Department of Occupational Therapy Education Staff

Wednesdays  ▶   6:30-7:15 p.m.   ▶   Registration  opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

Wednesdays  ▶   7:20-8:05 p.m.   ▶   Registration  opens December 8 at 6 p.m.

Aquatic Programs for Infants and Toddlers

Aqua Toddler / Sensory Time

Mondays-Friday  ▶  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.  Children 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 Aquatic Survival Swim (Non-Walking)

This six-week program teaches infants and toddlers between 6 months and 1 year old to roll over from a face-down or submerged position onto their backs to relax and breathe. Children learn to swim and flip back onto their tummy to continue to sim to safety while fully clothed. Lessons are 15 minutes, one-on-one, four days a week. Instructor: Mary Jo

Monday - Thursday  ▶ January 8-February 15 ▶ Times Vary ▶  Register

Monday - Thursday  ▶ February 19-March 28 ▶ Times Vary ▶  Register

Monday - Thursday  ▶ April 1-May 9 ▶ Times Vary ▶  Register

 

Infant Aquatic Survival Swim (Walking)

This 8-week program teaches toddlers and younger children the swim-float-swim sequence. Children will learn to swim a short distance with their face fully submerged, to roll onto their back, to float, and to flip back onto their tummy to continue to swim to safety while fully clothed. Lessons are one-on-one, and four days a week for eight weeks. Instructor: Mary JO

Monday - Thursday  ▶ January 8-February 29 ▶ Times Vary ▶  Register

Monday - Thursday  ▶  March 4-April 25  ▶ Times Vary ▶  Register

 

MJ's Kids

Mary Jo Klier works with children specifically focusing on strokes and stroke development.  This punch pass class includes two 15-minute sessions.  The instructor and guardian will determine times and days that work best for them.  

Punch Pass Program ▶ Register at Merriam Community Center Welcome Desk 

2 punches: $50 / 4 punches: $100 / $6 punches: $150 / 8 punches: $200

Aquatic Programs for Youth

Junior Dolphins

This program is designed for students who want to be on the Merriam 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  ▶ Monthly   ▶ 12-1 p.m. ▶ Register

 

MJ's Kids

Mary Jo Keiler works with children specifically focusing on strokes and stroke development. This punch pass class includes two-15 minute sessions. The instructor and guardian will determine times and days that work best for them.  

Punch Pass Program ▶ Register at Merriam Community Center Welcome Desk 

2 punches: $50 / 4 punches: $100 / 6 punches: $150 / 8 punches: $200

 

MJ's Spring Swim Clinic

This swim clinic will prepare your child for the summer swim season. The class meets once a week. Instructor: Mary Jo

Monthly  ▶ Sundays ▶  Ages 6-8 ▶ 10-10:45 a.m.  ▶ Register

Monthly  ▶ Sundays ▶  Ages 9-18 ▶ 10:45-11:45 a.m.  ▶ Register

 

SuperKids Level 1

Superkids is an entry-level age group competitive instructional swim program. Emphasis on learning correct swim strokes, streamlines, and turns. Encourage 2x weekly attendance during weekdays plus optional Saturday swim. 

Level 1 is entry level. Swimmers need to be comfortable in the water and able to swim-float-swim. Ages 3-7 or permission from Mary Jo.

Monthly ▶ Register

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays  are 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Saturdays are 11 a.m.-noon

 

SuperKids Level 2

Superkids is an entry-level age group competitive instructional swim program. Emphasis on learning correct swim strokes, streamlines, and turns. Encourage 2x weekly attendance during weekdays plus optional Saturday swim. 

Level 2 is medium to advanced level. Emphasis on correct swim technique for the four competitive strokes, streamlines, and turns plus an introduction to interval training. This level is the foundation of the KC Swim Academy, a USA Swimming competitive team. Instructor Mary Jo

Monthly ▶ Register

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays  are 5-6 p.m.

Saturdays are 11 a.m.-noon

Merriam Dolphins Swim & Dive Teams

Junior Dolphins

This program is designed for students who want to be on the Merriam 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  ▶ Monthly   ▶ 12-1 p.m. ▶ Register

 

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 for the 2024 season will be available at late spring. 

 

Precompetitive 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 simmer should be able to swim across the pool for 25 yards.  They don't need to know all four strokes.

Competitive Swim

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

Additional information will be available in late spring.

 

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.

Saturdays  ▶ January 6-March 2  ▶  Register

Saturdays  ▶ March 16-May 11  ▶  Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶ March 4-20  ▶  Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶ April 4-20  ▶  Register 

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays  ▶  April 29-May 8   ▶  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. 

Saturdays  ▶ January 6-March 2  ▶  Register 

Saturdays  ▶ March 16-May 11  ▶  Register

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  January 8-24  ▶  Register  

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  February 5-21  ▶  Register  

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  March 4-20  ▶  Register  

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  April 1-17  ▶  Register  

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays  ▶  April 29-May 8  ▶  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. 

Saturdays  ▶  January 6-March 2  ▶  Register 

Saturdays  ▶  March 16-May 11  ▶  Register

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  January 8-24  ▶  Register  

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  February 5-21  ▶  Register

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  March 4-20  ▶  Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  April 1-17  ▶  Register  

Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays  ▶  April 29-May 8 ▶  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!  

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  January 8-24  ▶  Register

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  February 5-21  ▶  Register 

Mondays & Wednesdays  ▶  March 4-20  ▶  Register 

 

Junior Dolphins

This program is designed for students who want to be on the Merriam 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  ▶ Monthly  ▶  Register

 

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

Get four, 30-minute lessons tailored just for you. Available for ages 3+ . $100 for private lessons, $90 for semi-private.

More Information 

Water Fitness

Aqua Flow - a Taijifit experience  Fit Class Pass Logo

Taijifit is a series of slow movements and stretches that flow into the next without pause staying in constant motion connecting mind, body and breath.  Nothing to learn, just follow along.  Water provides a gentle resistance and added balance. Instructor: Kim

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays  ▶ 9:50-10:30 a.m.   ▶   Register

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: Maryellen

Tuesdays & Thursdays  ▶ 6-7 p.m  ▶   Register

 

Cardio Splash   Fit Class Pass Logo

This class is full of fun, energy, music, and laughs. Regardless of your age, size, or fitness level, Aqua Zumba enhances your overall fitness improves your stability and balance in and out of the water. Instructor: Kim 

Monday, Wednesdays, Fridays   ▶ 9-9:50 a.m.  ▶   Register

 

Phyllis' Water Therapy

This 20-minute therapy session helps relieve pain and activate muscle groups to improve mobility and stability. Instructor: Phyllis

Mondays   ▶  1-1:20 p.m.  ▶  Register

 

Warm Water Therapy 1

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

Mondays  ▶ 11:15 a.m.- 12 p.m  ▶   Register

 

Warm Water Therapy 2

This program is for those who have been in this program before and are further along in their therapy journey. This class is held in the warm water therapy pool. Instructor Bennie

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

 

Water Aerobics Fit Class Pass Logo

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

Saturdays   ▶  9-9:45 a.m.  ▶Register

 

Water Walking/Therapy Exercise   Fit Class Pass Logo

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

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