Goppert Building
(785) 242-1939
Mon - Fri 6:30 AM - 8 PM
Sat 8 AM - 3 PM
Sun 1 PM - 4 PM

AQUATICS

FOREST PARK OUTDOOR SWIMMING POOL
310 N. Locust St., Ottawa, KS 66067
Phone (Seasonal): 785-242-0076

The outdoor public pool in Forest Park will be open Friday, May 25 through Sunday, August 5, 2018!  The Forest Park Outdoor Swimming Pool offers a wide variety of cool summer activities such as aqua fitness, swimming lessons, open swim, lap, swim, and rental of the facility for private use.

 

POOL RATES & HOURS

Click here for rates & hours of operation 

 

AQUA FITNESS

Jump right into our aqua classes and build cardiovascular fitness and strength. Just like swimming, our water aerobics classes are easy on your joints, yet challenging enough to help you reach new levels of fitness. Because of their low-impact format, water aerobics classes are suitable for every age and fitness level, from beginning exercisers through elite athletes. Participants may bring and use their own water shoes and gloves.

ORC AQUA FITNESS REGISTRATION FORM

  • Aqua Fitness Registration Form

ORC AQUA FITNESS SCHEDULE

  • Aqua Fitness Schedule

TEXTCASTER TEXT ALERTS

The ORC utilizes TextCaster to send out important information regarding aquatics including weather cancellations, registration deadlines, and more! To sign up, please click here!

 

POOL PARTIES!

Have your party at the pool! The Forest Park Outdoor Swimming Pool is available for your party whether it be a birthday party, corporate outing, or a family reunion! The pool is available for rent 7 days a week during our operating season from 7:15 - 8:45 p.m.  

ORC POOL PARTY RENTAL POLICIES

  • Pool Party Rental Policies

ORC POOL PARTY RENTAL FORM

  • Pool Party Rental Form

TEXTCASTER TEXT ALERTS

The ORC utilizes TextCaster to send out important information regarding aquatics including weather cancellations, registration deadlines, and more! To sign up, please click here!

 

GROUP SWIMMING LESSONS

Group swimming lessons are available for those 6 months and up!  Group lessons are taught in a class setting with class sizes ranging from 5-10 participants.  Courses are designed to teach children the fundamentals of swimming in a fun and patient environment. A progressive level format is used to build on skills learned in the previous class level. Parents should enroll children in the level for which they have adequate skills.  Class descriptions for group lessons can be found below.

GROUP LESSONS CLASS DATES

  • Session 1: June 4-June 15, 2018
  • Session 2: June 18 -June 29, 2018
  • Session 3: July 2 - July 13, 2018 (No lessons on July 4)

GROUP LESSONS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Parent & Babies (6-18 months) / Parents & Toddlers (2-4 year olds):  These classes are designed to familiarize children with the water.  The goal is not to teach the child to swim but rather to acclimate him/her to the water.  This is an interactive parent-child class, therefore, parents are expected to be in the water with their child at all times.  Parents do not need to know how to swim, but should be comfortable in the water.  Class sessions focus on underwater exploration, having fun in the water through games/songs, & learning elementary skills including bubble blowing and assisted front & back floating. 

Step 1 - Level 6 - Students must pass or test out of the previous level before enrolling in the next level.

Step 1 - Beginning Water Exploration (Ages 4 & up):  Geared toward children ages 4 & up that are ready to start learning basic water skills without parental assistance.  Focus is on water exploration, having fun in the water through games/songs, & learning elementary skills such as safe water entry & exiting, bobbing, floating on front & back, & introductory arm & leg motions.

Level 1 - Intro to Water Skills (Ages 5 & up):  Designed for children ages 5 & up that are able to learn without constant one-on-one instructor attention.  Emphasis on water exploration, water safety, & learning elementary skills such as floating & kicking on the front & back, alternating & simultaneous arm action, & changing directions/positions in the water. 

Level 2A - Fundamental Aquatic Skills A:  Students combine arm & leg actions for front crawl & back crawl, & learn gliding, flutter kick with finning, other basic stroke skills, & safety skills.  

Level 2B - Fundamental Aquatic Skills B:  Continue to learn & build on basic stroke skills.  Emphasis on front crawl & back crawl without support & smoother, more rhythmic stroke patterns.  Combine stroke skills for the elementary backstroke, & learn safety skills.  

Level 3A – Stroke Development A:  Students build on aquatic skills presented in Level 2B.  Primary focus on rotary breathing for the front crawl.  Emphasis on additional stroke development skills.  Guided practice in the back crawl & elementary backstroke.  Introduction to basic arm & leg actions for breaststroke.  Exploration in deep water. 

Level 3B - Stroke Development B Continue to build on & develop stroke skills presented in Level 3A:  refine the front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, & elementary backstroke while also learning the breaststroke.  Students will be taught the basics of treading water, introduced to the basics of diving from the side of the pool & diving boards, & learn various safety & rescue skills.

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement:  Students develop confidence & competency in stroke, safety & rescue skills taught in previous levels.  They will learn the basics of the sidestroke, various turns, sustained treading of water, and rescue breathing. 

Level 5A - Stroke Refinement A Coordinate & refine key strokes along with an intense focus on the butterfly, open turns, & feet first surface dives.

Level 5B - Stroke Refinement B:  Students develop stamina & endurance while refining key strokes, turns, & dives.

Level 6 - Swimming & Skill Proficiency:  Perfect strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power, & smoothness over greater distances.  Level 6 is designed with options for advanced courses such as personal water safety, lifeguard readiness, & fundamentals of diving. 

ORC GROUP LESSONS REGISTRATION FORM

  • Group Lessons Registration Form

ORC GROUP LESSONS SCHEDULE

  • Group Lessons Schedule

TEXTCASTER TEXT ALERTS

The ORC utilizes TextCaster to send out important information regarding aquatics including weather cancellations, registration deadlines, and more! To sign up, please click here!

 

PRIVATE SWIMMING LESSONS

Private swimming lessons are available for those 5 years old and up who have passed Step 1! These individualized lessons are designed to teach children the fundamentals of swimming in a fun and patient environment. A progressive level format is used to build on skills learned in the previous class level. Parents should enroll children in the level for which they have adequate skills.  Class descriptions for group lessons can be found below.

PRIVATE LESSONS CLASS DATES

  • TBD

PRIVATE LESSONS CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Level 1 - 6 - Students must pass or test out of the previous level before enrolling in the next level.

Level 1 - Intro to Water Skills (Ages 5 & up):  Designed for children ages 5 & up that are able to learn without constant one-on-one instructor attention.  Emphasis on water exploration, water safety, & learning elementary skills such as floating & kicking on the front & back, alternating & simultaneous arm action, & changing directions/positions in the water. 

Level 2A - Fundamental Aquatic Skills A:  Students combine arm & leg actions for front crawl & back crawl, & learn gliding, flutter kick with finning, other basic stroke skills, & safety skills.  

Level 2B - Fundamental Aquatic Skills B:  Continue to learn & build on basic stroke skills.  Emphasis on front crawl & back crawl without support & smoother, more rhythmic stroke patterns.  Combine stroke skills for the elementary backstroke, & learn safety skills.  

Level 3A – Stroke Development A:  Students build on aquatic skills presented in Level 2B.  Primary focus on rotary breathing for the front crawl.  Emphasis on additional stroke development skills.  Guided practice in the back crawl & elementary backstroke.  Introduction to basic arm & leg actions for breaststroke.  Exploration in deep water. 

Level 3B - Stroke Development B:  Continue to build on & develop stroke skills presented in Level 3A:  refine the front crawl with rotary breathing, back crawl, & elementary backstroke while also learning the breaststroke.  Students will be taught the basics of treading water, introduced to the basics of diving from the side of the pool & diving boards, & learn various safety & rescue skills.

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement:  Students develop confidence & competency in stroke, safety & rescue skills taught in previous levels.  They will learn the basics of the sidestroke, various turns, sustained treading of water, and rescue breathing. 

Level 5A - Stroke Refinement A:  Coordinate & refine key strokes along with an intense focus on the butterfly, open turns, & feet first surface dives.

Level 5B - Stroke Refinement B:  Students develop stamina & endurance while refining key strokes, turns, & dives.

Level 6 - Swimming & Skill Proficiency:  Perfect strokes to swim with ease, efficiency, power, & smoothness over greater distances.  Level 6 is designed with options for advanced courses such as personal water safety, lifeguard readiness, & fundamentals of diving. 

ORC PRIVATE LESSONS REGISTRATION FORM

  • Private Lesson Registration Form

ORC PRIVATE LESSONS SCHEDULE

  • Private Lesson Schedule

TEXTCASTER TEXT ALERTS

The ORC utilizes TextCaster to send out important information regarding aquatics including weather cancellations, registration deadlines, and more! To sign up, please click here!

For more information, please contact the ORC office at 785-242-1939 or e-mail our Recreation Manager at programs@orcottawaks.org.

2nd ANNUAL OTTAWA OPTIMIST CLUB MIDWEST IRON KID TRIATHLON

Part of the KC Tri Club 2018 Midwest Youth Triathlon series, and to benefit Childhood Cancer Camps, get ready for your child to have a great day participating in the 2nd annual Ottawa Optimist Iron Kids Triathlon for triathletes ages 3 to 17 on July 28, 2018 at 7 am!  We will have 5 different distances, depending on your child’s age, in a safe and organized event that will match your child’s experience and ability to a course that will ensure everyone crosses the finish line and has a great time!.  The race is the 3rd, and final leg, of the 2018 KC Tri Club Midwest Youth Triathlon Series and points will be awarded. Each leg of the triathilon series is optional, but we encourage trying all three. For more information contact us at midwestironkid@gmail.com and register online at www.midwestironkid.com