Mercy Fitness Center members enjoy access to a warm, salt water pool that is optimized for aquatic exercise and lessons, as well as a 25-meter salt water lap pool and a salt water spa. Our aquatics area is conveniently accessible from the locker rooms and has private, on-deck changing rooms and on-deck restrooms.
Mercy Fitness Center offers a wide variety of aquatics-based activities for all ages.
Exercise in water conveys all the benefits of regular movement, with the added stability and low-impact benefits of being in the water. Aquatics group classes help improve:
- Breath and posture. Correct alignment and breathing releases tension, and increases lung capacity
- Stability and balance. Learn to balance against water’s forces in a safe environment, for fall prevention
- Pillar strength. Strengthen muscles of the spine, pelvis, hips and abdominals (the core).
- Joint protection. The spine and joints are unloaded in the water, making movements non-compressive
Group exercise is a proven way for members to join the Mercy Fitness Center community, have fun, and make new friends while getting fit in the water. Members are welcome to try out any of our aquatics group exercise classes (included with membership), or experience the benefits of small-group training through our progressive Specialty Aquatics Classes.
The Mercy Fitness Center aquatics program has a specialty class for every skill level. If you’re not sure which class is right for you, contact our aquatics coaches for a swim skill assessment – it’s free for our members!
Our Adult Learn-to-Swim program offers three levels:
- Beginner (Level 1)
- Intermediate (Level 2)
- Advanced (Level 3)
The classes are 30 minutes long with several class times to fit any schedule. The beginner class is for anyone who can’t float, is nervous about putting their face in the water, or has a fear of the water. The intermediate class is for the adult who can swim, but is not confident in the water. This class focuses on basic skill development, including all four main strokes, stroke refinement for freestyle and backstroke, and introductory drills and endurance-building exercises. The advanced class is for confident swimmers who want to further refine their stroke and breathing techniques to increase speed for competition.
There are 5 adults to 1 instructor in each class. All are open to both members and non-members.
Give your baby an early start with this introduction class for parents with babies, ages 6 months to 3 years. Aqua Babies is Mercy Fitness Center’s award-winning class in which each child has a parent to help them learn and grow in the water. This curriculum provides safe, fun, and progressive water skills for your little one, engaging them in songs, blowing bubbles, social interaction and water safety.
Kids’ Learn-to-Swim: Level 1
Bring your 3 or 4 year-old to their very own small-group swimming class! Our certified instructors will teach Level 1 students how to blow bubbles, float on their backs, and perform basic arm and leg movements for a freestyle stroke. If your little one is somewhat timid and needs to learn basic skill and coordination in the water, Kids’ Learn-to-Swim: Level 1 is the class they need!
Kids’ Learn-to-Swim: Level 2
Children 4 to 6 years old who are more comfortable in the water and can put their faces in the water are ready for Kids’ Learn-to-Swim: Level 2. Our certified instructors will teach children how to float on their backs, introduce them to the front float, and teach side breathing and arm and leg movements for freestyle and backstroke. This class is for children who are not yet able to swim or play unattended in the water.
Advanced swimmers who are 18 or older can now join Mercy Fitness Center’s Elite Swim Team. Our very own certified USA Swim Coach organizes team-style workouts to maximize effort and improvement. Realize your competitive swimming potential through stroke refinement, endurance, and strength training drills, focusing on one of the four main strokes each week.
Advanced swimmers who are preparing for a triathlon or other swimming competition (or thinking about it in the future) will progress quickly through TRI-Swim training. In just weeks, you’ll notice increased breathing efficiency, improved timing, and smoother stroke techniques that will give you the competitive swimming advantage you’ve been looking for.
Mercy Fitness Center now offers private swim lessons for adults and children, ages 3 and up. Register now to secure your spot as space is limited. Swim lessons can be scheduled with male or female swim coaches, and at a time that best fits your schedule. Member and non-member pricing is available for private swimming lessons.