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Aquatics

Swimming and exercise classes 
Call 843-918-2286 or 918-1476

Myrtle Beach has two indoor swimming pools, one at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center and one at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center.  Both offer a variety of swim lessons, water exercise classes, competitive swimming, and certification courses.  Check out the listings below.  For more information, call the Aquatics Office at 843-918-2286 or 843-918-2280.  

Pepper Geddings Recreation Center

Current Lap Swim
Number of lanes available varies

Monday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Tuesday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Wednesday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 6:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Thursday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.
Friday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 3:00 - 6:45 p.m.
Saturday... 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

 Open Swim

Monday... 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.*
Wednesday... 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday... 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. / 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. / 7:00 - 8:45 p.m.*
Friday... 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. / 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. / 1:00 p.m. – 2:2:30 p.m. / 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday... 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.*
Diving Board Available * (when stared)

SKWIM LEAGUE

Looking for something new, fun and exercise at the same time?  Try our SKWIM League.  This is a combination of water polo & Frisbee with many levels from beginner to advanced.
League practices will begin soon….

Senior SKWIM- ages 40 and up
Monday and Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Family SKWIM- all ages
Monday and Wednesday 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

Competition SKWIM- 16 and up (strong swimmers only)
Tuesday and Thursday 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
SKWIM Meets will be held on Saturdays from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

AQUA FITNESS CLASSES

Hydroaerobics:  The perfect blend of water and workout!  This is a low impact, fast-paced aerobic program designed to improve heart-lung capacity, flexibility, and muscular strength.  The class is held in the shallow end of the pool, so no swimming skills are needed.  Class meets from 9:00-9:45 a.m.. & 5:30-6:15 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.  Drop-in fees are $5 for city residents and $10 for non-city residents or get an 18-visit punch card for $32 (city resident) or $55 for (non-city resident).

Off the Deep End:  Jump into the deep end for a challenging water workout.  This is a high-intensity, non-impact aerobic exercise class.  Off the Deep End is an excellent cross-training and rehabilitative opportunity.  The water workout helps build core muscular strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular fitness.  Class members wear buoyancy belts for added flotation but should be comfortable in deep water.  Classes meet  9:00-9:45 a.m. every Tuesday and Thursday.  Drop-in fees are $5 for city residents and $10 for non-city residents or get an 18-visit punch card for $32 (city resident) or $55 for (non-city resident).


swim lessons logo    SWIM LESSONS
Water safety is a skill that saves lives. Call 918-2280 or 918-2285 for more information.  Swim lessons are available for all ages. 

Class Ages and Fees:
Infant/Toddler & Pre-school Fees: $26 City Resident / $45 Non-City Residents
Youth & Adult Fees: $35 City Resident / $60 Non-City Residents

Morning and Evening Sessions
Classes are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays

  • Session 1: September 11th – October 4th – Registration begins August 20th
  • Session 2: October 16th – November 8th – Registration begins October 4th
  • Session 3: November 27th – December 13th – short session-  Registration begins November 8th

Saturday Sessions

  • September 15th – November 3rd – Registration begins August 20th


Mary C. Canty Recreation Center


Current Lap Swim
Number of lanes available varies 
Monday... 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Tuesday... 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday... 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 4:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Thursday... 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 6:00 - 7:45 p.m.
Friday... 8:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. / 4:00 - 6:15 p.m.
Saturday... 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Open Swim
Space varies by day
Monday... 4:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Wednesday... 4:00 – 7:45 p.m.
Friday... 4:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Saturday... 1:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

AQUA FITNESS CLASSES
Aqua Surge:  This class is a great, low-impact way to focus on improving your muscle tone and cardio.  The class is held in the shallow end of the pool, so no swimming skills are necessary. This class is designed for all levels. Class meets Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 to 12:45 p.m. Water shoes strongly recommended, but not required.  Drop-in fees are $5 for city residents and $10 for non-city residents or an 18-visit punch card is $32 for city residents and $55 for non-residents.

Jivin’ Joints:  This water exercise class is for an individual with a form of arthritis or related condition.  It offers a gentle range of motion and endurance activities under the guidance of an Arthritis Foundation-trained instructor. The class is suitable for “pre-hab” or “rehab” of hips and knees.  This is a beginner’s class at a slower pace.  Class meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:15 to 11:00 a.m.  Drop-in fees are $5 for city residents, $10 for non-city residents or get an 18-visit punch card for $32 for city residents or $55 for non-city residents.

swim lessons logo    SWIM LESSONS  
Water safety is a skill that saves lives. 
Swim lessons are available for all ages. Scholarships are available for those that qualify. 
Questions call 918-1463 or 918-1476
email: rcaputo@cityofmyrtlebeach.com or ghicks@cityofmyrtlebeach.com for more information.  

Class Ages and Fees:
Infant/Toddler & Pre-school Fees: $26 City Resident / $45 Non-City Residents
Youth & Adult Fees: $35 City Resident / $60 Non-City Residents

Evening Sessions
Classes are held on Mondays and Wednesdays

  • Session 1: September 10th – October 3rd – Registration begins August 20th
  • Session 2: October 15th – November 7th – Registration begins October 3rd
  • Session 3: November 26th – December 12th – short session-  Registration begins November 7th
Available class times:

Pre-School Levels            4:15 – 4:45 p.m.
Youth Levels                       5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Pre-School Levels           6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Adult                                      6:45 – 7:40 p.m.
Youth Levels                      6:45 – 7:40 p.m.

Swim lesson class descriptions.
Infant/Toddler Swim Class Ages
: Six months to Three years

Infant/Toddler – The American Red Cross Parent and Child Aquatics class builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water.  Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more. **Special Requirements:  An adult must accompany the child in the water, and swim diapers are required for those children who are not potty-trained.

Pre-School Swim Class Ages: Three – Five years

Pre-School 1 – This class is for children with minimal or no water experience.  It is for non-swimming children who are not yet comfortable putting their face in the water.

Pre-School 2 – This class is for children who are comfortable in the water, can put their face in, but are not yet swimming or floating (front and back) on their own.

Pre-School 3 – This class is for children who are very comfortable in the water, can front and back float for at least 5 seconds with NO assistance, and are swimming on their own with NO assistance or floatation device.

Advanced Pre-School – This class is for children who can swim on their front and back for 15 yards and tread water for at least 30 seconds with no assistance. They should be comfortable in the deep water.

Youth Swim Classes Ages:  Six-twelve years

Level 1 – This class is for children with minimal or no water experience.  Non-swimming children who are not yet comfortable with their face in the water belong in this class.

Level 2 – This class is for children with some water experience that are comfortable putting their faces in the water but are not yet swimming on their own.

Level 3 – This class is for children who can swim and float unassisted on both the front and back but are just beginning to work on strokes.

Level 4 – This class is for children who can swim front and back crawl for 15 yards and tread water for at least 30 seconds.

Level 5 – This class is for children who can swim 25 yards of front and back crawl, as well as 15 yards of breaststroke and elementary backstroke.



Aquatic Programs

 NEW Marlin LogoMyrtle Beach Marlins Swim Team
Year-round recreational swimming
Grand Strand Recreational Swim League

The Myrtle Beach Marlins Swim Team is a great way to continue to improve your swimming skills.  The Marlins are a year-round recreational swim team focusing on the fundamentals of swimming, training, and building friendships, all while having fun.  Swimmers are placed into groups based on ability, age and practice attendance.  A variety of practice times will be available to meet your schedule.  The Marlins compete in the Grand Strand Recreational Swim League (GSSL).  Fees range from $30 to $60 per month, plus an annual registration fee.  Please note that all swimmers pay an annual registration fee of $14 for city residents or $25 for non-city residents.  For more information or questions regarding tryouts, please contact head coach Jeanne McDonald at 843-918-2279 or jmcdonald@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

Groups

Sea Monkeys
Fee:   $29 per month for city residents and $50 per month for non-city residents

Clownfish
Fee:  $35 per month for city residents and $60 per month for non-city residents

Piranhas 
Fee:  $35 per month for city residents and $60 per month for non-city residents

Barracudas
Fee:  $35 per month for city residents and $60 per month for non-city residents

*All practices are held at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center
** Saturday practices will not be held on weekends that meets are scheduled. 

Grab Bag—All Skill Levels

For more information, including the practice schedule or to try out, contact head coach Jeanne McDonald at 843-918-2279 or email  jmcdonald@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

   lifeguard seal    Lifeguard Certification Courses          

In the Lifeguard Training course, you will be taught the knowledge and skills needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies and to prevent drowning and injuries.

Pre-Registration is strongly recommended.  A $20 Non-Refundable Deposit is due at the time of registration.  This deposit will be applied to course fees upon successful completion of the Pre-Course Session and includes pool use from registration through the end of class.  (See lap swim schedule.)

The Course Fee is $110 for City Residents and $185 for Non-City Residents and includes certification (if all coursework is completed satisfactorily) and a pocket mask. Please make checks payable to the City of Myrtle Beach. Space is limited so register early!

Lifeguard Pre-Course Session
All of the following must be completed prior to starting the lifeguard course.  Be prepared to swim the distance the first night!

  • Proof that you will be at least 15 years old (drivers license or birth certificate) by the scheduled course completion date.
  • Swim 300 yards continuously, face in the water using rhythmic breathing and a stabilizing, propellant kick.
  • Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10 pound object, return with the object to the surface and swim 20 yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the object and exit the water without using a ladder or steps within 1 minute, 40 seconds without goggles.
  • Tread water continuously for 2 minutes using only your legs.

Class 1: Blended Learning Course

  • December 19-21 & 26-28, 2018
  • Pre-swim is December 19th
  • Class Dates and Times:December 19-21 & 26-28th; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Class 2: Blended Learning Course

  • January 12—February 9, 2019
  • Pre-swim is January 12th
  • Class Dates and Times: January 12-February 9th; 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Class 3: Blended Learning Course

  • March 11-15th. 2019
  • Pre-swim is March 11th
  • Class Dates and Times: March 11-15th; 4:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Class 4: Blended Learning Course

  • April 15-18th, 2019
  • Pre-swim is April 15th
  • Class Dates and Times:  April 15-18th; 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

Class 5: Blended Learning Course

  • May 7-23rd, 2019
  • Pre-swim is May 7th
  • Class Dates and Times: May 7-23rd; 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

** Times and Dates are subject to change

 Water Safety Instructor Courses

In the Water Safety Instructor Training course, you will be taught the knowledge and skills needed to plan and teach courses in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program.  You will be given practice-teaching assignments, which will give you experience in presenting information and teaching skills to course candidates, conducting classes and evaluating skills. 

Coursework will include physical exercise. Online, classroom and take home assignments require attentiveness to reading and lectures.  
The Pre-Course consists of the following skills test:

Swim the following strokes consistent with American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Level 4 stroke Performance Criteria:

  • Front crawl – 25 yards
  • Back crawl – 25 yards
  • Breaststroke – 25 yards
  • Elementary backstroke – 25 yards
  • Sidestroke – 25 yards
  • Butterfly – 15 yards

Maintain position on back 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling). Tread water for 1 minute. Proof that you will be at least 16 years old by the scheduled course completion date.

Course Fee:  $115 City Residents/$195 Non-City

Materials are available for purchase or download materials at redcross.org REQUIRED. 

Class 1: Blended Learning Course

  • November 27- December 18th, 2018 
  • 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Class 2: Blended Learning Course

  • April 15-18th, 2019 
  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.