Swimming Pool

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The Olympic-size pool, Building 1452A, is located on the corner of Yorktown Street and Saratoga Street and is attached to the Fitness Center. To get to the pool, please enter through the Fitness Center. There is a ramp leading into the pool that allows easy access for our handicap patrons. The pool has both a shallow area with a slide as well as a deep end. There are ten 25-yard lanes available for lap swimmers and a covered picnic area with tables. Red Cross certified swim lessons are offered as well as aqua fitness classes and Swim Club during our pool season. The pool is open to all authorized MWR patrons including active duty and their families, military retirees and their families, and DoD civilian employees. There is a $5 fee per guest of authorized ID card holders.

Important information regarding the pool: Due to potential severe weather, the pool will be closed if warnings are issued. We sincerely apologize for any disruption, but your safety is our utmost concern. We'll keep you updated on the situation and anticipate reopening the pool as soon as it's safe. In the meantime, check out the [indoor recreation center] for some fun activities! 

During a pool closure we recommend visiting:

Airdales Recreation Center for a bit of adventure.  Home to our Tickets & Travel office, we can provide discount tickets to waterparks near and far, from Big Kahuna's in Destin to the brand new Volcano Mountain at Universal Orlando.

Tower Books and Cafe is open Monday-Friday.  Browse the collection of materials as you enjoy something special from the menu at the Tower Cafe.

In addition, remember that Whiting Park Outdoor Recreation Area, located right in downtown Milton on the Blackwater River, is truly the best swimmin' hole around!  There's a buoyed "Wading Area", kids playground equipment, horse shoes, volleyball, basketball court, fishing pier, pavilions with bbq's, and lots of watercraft to use too.


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All classes are Red Cross Certified Learn to Swim Classes. Classes will be held Monday - Thursday with one rain make up day per session if necessary. Make up day will be held on Friday immediately after the rain day.

Registration will be at the MWR Fitness Center with the course level to be chosen dependent upon the individual's need. Children registered must be a dependent or a direct family member. If your child has previously attended, please bring documentation to help in choosing the proper class. Grandchildren, children in foster care or other extended family members must be financially dependent on active duty, retired, or DOD contractors to be enrolled in swim lessons.

* PARENTS/GUARDIANS MUST BE ON POOL DECK WITH CHILDREN DURING SWIM LESSONS *

--------- REGISTRATION DATES ---------

Registration for session 1 will begin on Monday, May 13th, for Active Duty and Family Only. Please bring ID. Wednesday, May 15th registration begins for all base personnel and retired military. Please bring ID.

Registration for session 2 will begin on Monday, May 20th for Active Duty & Family Only. Please bring ID. Wednesday, May 22nd registration begins for all base personnel and retired military. Please bring ID.

Registration for session 3 will begin on Monday, May 27th for Active Duty and family only. Please bring ID. Wednesday, May 29th registration begins for all base personnel and retired military. Please bring ID

Registration for session 4 will begin on Monday, June 4th for Active Duty and family only. Please bring ID. Wednesday, June 6th registration begins for all base personnel and retired military. Please bring ID.

---------- SWIM CLASS DESCRIPTIONS ----------

Parent/Child: 6 months – 2 years of age (10 max students):

Parent/Child classes introduce basic skills to parents and children. Parents are in the water with their children during this class. Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay a foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water safety topics.

Preschool Aquatics: ages 3-5 (5 max students):

Level I – Introduces basic aquatic skills, which children continue to build on as they progress through Levels 2 and 3 of Preschool Aquatics and then Learn-to-Swim. In addition, children start developing positive attitudes & safe practices around the water in Preschool Aquatics Level 1. *

Level II – The objectives of Level 2 are to further develop basic aquatic skills. Children begin to perform these skills at a slightly more advanced level (for example, for longer lengths of time, for longer distances, or in deeper water). Many skills in Level 1 are performed with assistance. Level 2 marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm & leg actions on the front & back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. Level 2 also builds on the water safety topics introduced in Level 1.*

Level III – The objective of Level 3 is to increase children’s proficiency in performing previously learned skills. Thi is accomplished by providing additional guided practice and increasing repetitions, distances, times, or levels of refinement. The skills in Level 3 are performed independently. Children improve their coordination and control of combined simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced. *

Learn to Swim: ages 6 and up (6 max students):

Level I-Introduction to Water Skills – Level 1 introduces basic aquatic skills; which participants continue to build on as they progress through Learn-to-Swim. In addition, participants start developing positive attitudes, effective swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water. Learn-to-Swim Level 1 skills overlap with the preschool Aquatics Level 1 & 2 skills. *

Level II-Fundamental Aquatic Skills – The objective of Learn-to-Swim Level 2 is to give participants success with fundamental skills. Many of the skills taught in this level are the same skills taught in Preschool Aquatics Level 3. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Participants learn to glide and float without support and recover to a vertical position. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back, laying the foundation for future strokes. New water safety topics are introduced and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced. *

Level III-Stroke Development – The objectives of Learn-to-Swim Level 3 are to expand proficiency of previously learned skills by providing additional guided practice. Participants learn and practice survival floating and learn to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels. You introduce the scissors and dolphin kicks and extend the time duration for treading water. Participants also learn rules for headfirst entries and begin to learn to enter the water headfirst from a seated position at poolside (if the water is 9 feet deep or deeper). As in all levels, new and previously addressed water safety topics are included. Participants who successfully complete Level 3 have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. *

Level IV&V-Stroke Improvement – In Learn-to-Swim Level 4, participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming the strokes learned in Level 3 (i.e., front crawl, elementary backstroke) for greater distances and with more advanced proficiency. Participants add arm actions to the previously learned scissors kick and breaststroke kick to perform the rudimentary sidestroke and to learn the breaststroke. Participants also begin to learn the back crawl and butterfly, as well as the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall. In Level 5, participants refine their performance of all six strokes (i.e., front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke) and increase the distances that they swim. Participants also learn to perform flip turns on the front and back*

 

*Swim lesson descriptions are from the American Red Cross Course Descriptions.

Private Lessons: All ages

Private swim lessons are based on each individual's needs. Private lessons are scheduled upon availability.

 

---------- SWIM CLASS PRICES ----------

PARENT/TOT AQUATICS:

ACTIVE DUTY – $50 ALL OTHER CARDHOLDERS - $55
 

PRESCHOOL AQUATICS:

ACTIVE DUTY – $50 ALL OTHER CARDHOLDERS - $55

LEARN TO SWIM:

ACTIVE DUTY – $50 ALL OTHER CARDHOLDERS - $55

ADULT GROUP SWIM LESSON CLASSES 17 YEARS OF AGE AND UP:

ACTIVE DUTY – FREE ALL OTHER CARDHOLDERS - $100 (4 classes)

 

---------- SWIM CLASS SCHEDULES (Dates and time are subject to change due weather and enrollment) ---------

PARENT AND TOT AQUATICS (6 MONTHS – 2 YRS)

MON – THUR: 0900-0930 (2 WEEKS)

SESSION 1: June 3 – 6, June 10 - 13

SESSION 2: June 17 – 20, June 24 - 27

SESSION 3: July 1-5 (off July 4), July 8-11

SESSION 4: July 22 - 25, June 29 – August 1
 

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SESSION 1: JUNE 3 – 6, JUNE 10 - 13 (2 WEEKS) MON - THURSDAY

PRESCHOOL AQUATICS (3 - 5)

Preschool Aquatics Level I: 1140 - 1210

Preschool Aquatics Level II: 1140 - 1210

Preschool Aquatics Level III: 1100 - 1130

Learn To Swim (5 & UP)

Learn To Swim I: 0940 - 1010 or 1020 - 1050

Learn To Swim II: 1100 - 1130

Learn To Swim III: 0940 - 1010

Learn To Swim IV: 1020 - 1050

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SESSION 2: JUNE - 17 - 27 (2 WEEKS) MON - THURSDAY

PRESCHOOL AQUATICS (3 - 5)

Preschool Aquatics Level I: 0940 - 1010

Preschool Aquatics Level II: 1020 - 1050
 

Preschool Aquatics Level III 1100 - 1130

 

Learn To Swim (5 & UP)

Learn To Swim I: 1140 - 1210

Learn To Swim II: 0940 - 1010 or 1140 - 1210

Learn To Swim III: 1020 - 1050

Learn To Swim IV: 1140 - 1210

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SESSION 3: July 1-5 (off July 4), July 8-11 (2 WEEKS) MON - THURSDAY

PRESCHOOL AQUATICS (3 - 5)

Preschool Aquatics Level I: 0940 - 1010

Preschool Aquatics Level II: 1020 - 1050

Learn To Swim (5 & UP)

Learn To Swim I: 1100 - 1130 or 1140 - 1210

Learn To Swim II: 0940 - 1010 or 1140 - 1210

Learn To Swim III: 1020 - 1050

Learn To Swim IV: 1100 - 1130

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SESSION 4: July 22 - August (2 WEEKS) MON - THURSDAY

PRESCHOOL AQUATICS (3 - 5)

Preschool Aquatics Level I: 0940 - 1010

Preschool Aquatics Level II: 1020 - 1050

Learn To Swim I: 1100 - 1130 or 1140 - 1210

Learn To Swim II: 0940 - 1010 or 1140 - 1210

Learn To Swim III: 1020 - 1050

Learn To Swim IV: 1100 - 1130

--- ADULT SWIM LESSONS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - $100 PER SESSION (4 - ½ HOUR CLASSES) ---