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Aquatics Center

The indoor Aquatics Center at the Kroc Center is unique
to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and is among our most popular features.

(228) 374-9129
Aquatics Coordinator: [email protected]

Our Aquatic Center will be closed April 7th-22nd, 2024 for cleaning and maintenance. 

Aquatics at the Kroc

The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center indoor aquatic facility is designed to provide fun for all ages.  In addition to the recreation pool and lap pool, our indoor aquatic facility offers a fun water play area with a water slide for the whole family that encourages multi-generational interaction.

The recreation pool is a zero depth entry pool and children will enjoy attractions such as the Splashpads, and vertical sprays in designated areas.  The lap pool is used for swim classes, aqua aerobics classes and more. The recreation pool also offers a family water slide with a catch pool. Our aquatics department, is complete with American Red Cross Certified lifeguards and trained swim lesson instructors, who are dedicated to providing quality safe family enjoyment.

Swim Lessons

The Kroc Center offers a variety of swim lessons for ages 1+ and skill levels provided as group and private sessions. All lessons are non-refundable, we do not offer make-up lessons for group lessons so please plan accordingly.  Due to the amount of traffic, swim lessons will be on hold during the summer season (June-August).

Water Fitness

Enjoy all the benefits of a land workout without the impact on your joints while improving cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility. Expect to get a great workout! No matter where you start you will finish strong!

Welcome to Swim Lessons at the Kroc

Learning to swim is an important skill that children will keep with them for life. We offer classes for children as young as 12 months. With never more than five people per class, our intimate swim instruction provides a great environment for children learning to swim. At your child’s first swim class, we will assess their swimming proficiency and provide lessons for their specific skill level. To advance from one level to the next participants must demonstrate the exit skills required and have Aquatics Coordinator approval.

All lessons are based on instructor availability. Group lessons must have at least three participants or the group class will be rescheduled. We do not offer makeup lessons for any missed classes. We strictly enforce our cancellation policy. No cancellations are allowed within 7 days of the start of a new session. During Swim Lesson times parents are invited to sit in the viewing area, just outside the pool on the other side of the glass.

Things to bring for your swim lesson:

  • Swimsuit
  • Change of clothes
  • Goggles
  • Towel

Beginner Swim

Group Lesson Pricing: $70 for members; $90 for potential members

Parent and Child (12mo – 2yrs)

This 30-minute class is instructed twice a week for 4 – weeks. It is designed to acclimate students to the water, basic water safety, and to teach parents some techniques to give their child a head start when it comes to swim lessons (e.g.: Head under water, basic breath-holding techniques, songs, and games to make their time in the water more enjoyable, etc.).

Beginner 3-5 years
This 30-minute class is instructed twice a week for 4 – weeks. The class is designed to teach students basic water safety as well as beginner swimming techniques (e.g.: back float front float, basic flutter kicks, blowing bubbles, front glide 3 feet, jumping in and returning to the wall).

Beginner Ages 6- 12 years
This 30-minute class is instructed twice a week for 4 – weeks. The class is designed to teach students basic water safety as well as beginner swimming techniques (e.g.: back float front float, basic flutter kicks, blowing bubbles, front glide 3 feet, jumping in and returning to the wall, and treading water).

Intermediate/Advanced Swim

Intermediate
Ages 3-5 This 30-minute class is instructed twice a week for 4 – weeks. It is designed for advanced swimmers and focuses on swimming technique and a more in-depth stroke refinement (E.g.: Drills designed to give the student practice at certain skills, kickboard drills, retrieving items from the pool floor, and a more intense focus on technique rather than learning new skills).

Intermediate
Ages 6-12 This 30-minute class is instructed twice a week for 4 – weeks. It is designed for advanced swimmers and focuses on swimming technique and a more in-depth stroke refinement (E.g.: Drills designed to give the student practice at certain skills, kickboard drills, retrieving items from the pool floor, and a more intense focus on technique rather than learning new skills).

Private Lessons

Private lessons are offered for students who prefer a one-on-one experience. These lessons are scheduled for specific dates and times. After filling out the form please contact the Aquatic Department for availability. Private lessons are available for members and potential members.

Private Lessons are by Appointment only, beginning October 9, 2023.

The Private Swim Lesson package includes 8 half-hour sessions.
Fees: $120 for members / $160 for potential members

  • Must shower off before entering the pool
  • Parent’s must remain within arm’s reach of children, ages 5 and under, regardless of swim ability
  • Children 2 and under must wear a swim diaper and plastic pant covering
  • Only swim attire is allowed in the pool. NO COTTON. All swim trunks must have a liner. Street clothes, thong suits, speedos, revealing bathing suits, and bathing suites with metal ornaments or exposed zippers are not allowed. 
  • No food or glass in the Aquatic area
  • All participants must meet height requirement (48”) to use the water slide
  • Only one person is allowed on the slide at a time. All participants must slide on their bottom with feet first
  • No running, climbing or ruff-housing
  • All participants must rinse off prior to enter the pool
  • Entrance to the Aquatic Center is permitted only when a lifeguard is on duty
  • Cover ups or clothing are required in hallways and at the entrance of the facility. Locker rooms are available for changing (must bring your own lock).
  • Anyone with open sores or contagious sores is not permitted in the pool
  • Swim toys must be approved by lifeguards
  • These guidelines are in place to protect our members and guests. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and support as a participant.

*Monday–Friday from 10:00AM–Noon, the pool is especially busy during the summer months. Please be aware of this as we often fill to capacity very quickly.

SWIM PASS

Not A Member of The Salvation Army Kroc Center yet? We’d still love to have you visit! Non-members may have access to the pool area by purchasing a guest pass for a two-hour session. Children 2 years old & younger are free, but must wear a swim diaper and a plastic waterproof cover over the diaper. Additional sessions may be purchased to extend your time. We encourage you to purchase passes in advance due to the possibility of selling out. Purchases made via phone call are not available at this time. 

Swim Pass Cost: 

Swim Passes are $10 per person, children ages 2 and under are free.
Sessions are non-refundable and non-transferable unless the pool is closed by The Salvation Army Kroc Center.
No refunds. A swim credit may be given if you have 30 min or more left in your session time.
It is recommended you arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled session. 

PURCHASE A SWIM PASS

 

The following hours are for the Fall/ Winter. Hours will change in the Summer.

 MONDAY – FRIDAY 
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm
3:00 pm -5:00 pm
5:30 pm- 7:30 pm

 SATURDAY 
8:00 am – 10:00 am
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

 SUNDAY 
CLOSED
 

WATER FITNESS

Work cardio and strength with minimal impact on your joints. These in the water classes create a challenging and fun atmosphere. Shake up your routine, hit the water, and enjoy the variety.

  • Aqua Barre– Fun, body toning and strength building water inspired workout featuring noodles as the barre.
  • Aqua Power– Intensified water workout focusing on cardio and strength training.
  • Aqua Balance and Cardio-Water inspired workout class where exercises are performed in cycles with underwater weights.
  • Aqua Zumba-Aqua aerobics performed with an added Latin flavor.

Red Cross Shallow Water Lifeguarding Classes

Provides entry-level participants the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies in shallow water up to 5 feet and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until EMS personnel take over Prerequisites: Minimum age: 15 years; Swim 100 yards continuously; Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs; Complete a timed event within 50 seconds by starting in the water, swim 20 yards, Submerge to a depth of 4 to 5 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object, Return to the surface and walk or swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and exit the water without using steps or a ladder.

Contact Aquatics Manager to register!

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