Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre

ADMISSION FEES
AQUATIC & FITNESS PROGRAMS
RED CROSS SWIM LESSONS
BIRTHDAY PARTIES
FAMILY & PRIVATE LESSONS

General Info

The Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre is located next to the Nicola Valley Memorial Arena and a few minutes walk from the Merritt Civic Centre. The Facility is also fully accessible and staff welcome all to visit.

Features

  • 6 lanes 25 metre Main Pool
  • Lazy River & Vortex
  • Leisure Pool
  • Tot’s Pool & Water Sprays
  • Viewing Deck
  • Fully Equipped Fitness Room

Opening Hours (Pool & Gym)

Mon-Fri |  6am-6pm
Sat-Sun | 12pm-4pm

Both pools closed for cleaning Monday to Friday between 1:00-2:00 pm.

CONTACT

PO Box 189, 2040 Mamette Avenue
Merritt BC V1K 1B8
(250) 378-6662 Phone
(250) 378-3504 Fax
nvac@merritt.ca

Summer Schedule

Admission Fees

Category Drop-In 10 Punch Card Monthly
Tot (0-2 years) Free n/a n/a
Child (3-12 years) $2.40 $21.60 $25.90
Youth (13-18 years) $3.00 $27.00 $32.40
Adult (19-59 years) $4.00 $36.00 $43.20
Senior (60+) $3.00 $27.00 $32.40
Student $3.20 $28.80 $34.60
Lions Den Fitness Room $3.00 $27.00 $32.40
Family First Person $3.00 n/a n/a
Family Additional $2.20 n/a n/a
Family Pass n/a n/a $140.00

Please note punch cards expire 1 year after the date of purchase.

Aquatic Programs

Senior Free Swim

Currently not being offerred.

Junior Lifeguard Club (7-14 yrs)

Friday | July 9 – Aug 27

Prerequisites: Swim Kids 4 or equivalent

Cost: $50

Learn the basics of lifeguarding in a safe & fun atmosphere.
This is a program that continues to build on child’s abilities.

  • Lifesaving Skills
  • Stroke Improvement
  • Team Building
  • Endurance
  • Lifesaving Sports
  • First-Aid Skills

Craft & Splash Tots (3-6 yrs)

Currently cancelled.

(Aquatic) Fitness Programs

Intro to Aqua Board

Challenge your balance to the core! Learn how to get on and off the anchored  aqua boards while focusing on strength and cardio!

This class is targeted for all levels of fitness, come have some fun and try it out!

Thursday | 6:15 – 6:45 am
July 9 – July 30 | 4 weeks
Aug 6 – Aug 27 | 4 weeks

Cost:  4 x 30 min class | $34

Circuit Strength

Currently cancelled.

Adult Fitness Room Orientation

Currently cancelled.

Stretch & Stability

Ongoing
Monday & Wednesday & Friday | 10:00-10:45 am and 12-12:45 pm

Tuesday & Thursday | 7:00-7:45 am

Cost: regular admission

16+ years

Want to increase your muscular strength, balance, stretch and flexibility? This class will build on maintaining proper form by keeping a well-aligned spine and stable core.

Aqua Fit

Ongoing
Monday, Wednesday & Friday | 11:00-11:45 am

Cost: regular admission

16+ years

This class combines running, interval training and a variety of exercises designed to decrease body fat, increase cardiovascular efficiency, improve strength, and help people get into a routine of regular exercise.

Evening Aqua Fit

Currently cancelled.

Aqua Joggers

Currently cancelled.

Pre-school Lessons

Prices

5 lessons: $20.25 | 7 lessons: $28.65 | 8 lessons: $32.60 | 9 lessons: $36.55 | 10 lessons: $40.55

Starfish 🌟 (4-12 Months)

Parent participation is required and progression is based on age

Friday

Jul 5 – Aug 31
11:00-11:30 am

Duck 🦆 (13-24 Months)

Parent participation is required and progression is based on age

Friday

Jul 5 – Aug 31 
11:00-11:30 am

Sea Turtle 🐢 (25-36 Months)

Parent participation is required and progression is based on age

Friday

Jul 5 – Aug 31
11:00-11:30 am

Sea Otter 🦦 (3-6 years)

Parent participation is required. Front & back floats & glides & 1 metre swim with help

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

9:30-10:00 am

Salamander 🦎 (3-6 years)

Parent participation is required. Front & back floats & swims, rollover swims & 2 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

9:00-9:30 am

Sunfish 🐠 (3-6 years)

Parent participation is required. Front, back, roll-over & side swims, deep water activities & 5 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

9::00-9:30 am

Crocodile 🐊 (3-6 years)

Parent participation is required. Front, back & side swim & basic front crawl, deep water swimming & 10 metre swim

No scheduled classes at this time.

Whale 🐳 (3-6 years)

Parent participation is required. 10 metre front, back & side swim & basic front crawl, deep water swimming & 15 metre swim

No scheduled lessons at this time.

School Age Lessons | Age: 5-14 years

Prices | Level 1-5

5 lessons: $20.25 | 7 lessons: $28.65 | 8 lessons: $32.60 | 9 lessons: $36.55 | 10 lessons: $40.55

Prices | Level 6-7

5 lessons: $22.75 | 7 lessons: $32.15 | 8 lessons: $36.50 | 9 lessons: $41.15 | 10 lessons: $45.50

Prices | Level 8-10

5 lessons: $30.15 | 7 lessons: $42.50 | 8 lessons: $48.40 | 9 lessons: $54.40 | 10 lessons: $60.30

Swim Lesson Transition for Pre-school to School Age

When completed:

  • Starfish, Duck, Sea Turtle, Sea Otter, Salamander
    ➜ Level 1
  • Sunfish
    ➜ Level 2
  • Crocodile
    ➜ Level 3
  • Whale
    ➜ Level 4

Level 1

Parent participation is required. Front & back floats, swims, roll-over swims, basic back crawl & 5 metre swim.

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

10:00-10:30 am

Level 2

Parent participation required. Side swim & basic front crawl, deep water activities & 10 metre swim.

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

1:00-10:30 am

Level 3

Parent participation required. Front & back floats, swims, roll-over swims, basic front crawl & 15 metre swim.

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

10:30-11:00 am

Level 4

Parent participation required.15 metre back swim, 10 metre front swim & 25 metre swim.

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

10:30-11:00 am

Level 5

15 metre front & back crawl whip kick on back & 50 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

11:00-11:30 am

Level 6

25 metre front & back crawl, 15 metre elementary backstroke & 75 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

11:00-11:45 am

Level 7

50 metre front & back crawl, 25 metre elementary backstroke, whip kick on front & 150 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

11:00-11:45 am

Level 8

75 metre front & back crawl, 15 metre breaststroke & 300 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

11:00-12:00 pm

Level 9

100 metre front & back crawl, 25 metre breaststroke & side stroke & 400 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

11:00-12:00 m

Level 10

100 metre front & back crawl, 50 metre elementary backstroke,  breaststroke & side stroke & 500 metre swim

Monday – Thursday

Set 1 | July 5 – July 15

Set 2 | July 19 – July 29

Set 3 | Aug 3 – Aug 12

Set 4 | Aug 16 – Aug 26

11:00-1200 pm

Family Lessons

Want to get your kids back into swimming and stay within your bubble?  Then family lessons are for you!  Are your kids at different swimming levels?  Don’t worry, our instructors are ready to create a lesson plan just for your family!

Prices

Child
4 lessons (30 min.): $60

Additional child
4 lessons (30 min.): $7.20

Adult
4 lessons (30 min.): $63.00

Private Lessons

Interested in private lessons? Please contact the front desk to request a private lessons set up. Options of 1 or multiple days per week are available if scheduling permits.

Prices

Child
4 lessons (30 min.): $60

Additional child
4 lessons (30 min.): $7.20

Adult
4 lessons (30 min.): $63.00

Birthday Parties at NVAC – Currently cancelled.

Themed pool party: $175 (<10 children*)

The party includes:

  • 2 hours with an energetic Aquatic Leader
  • Games
  • Pizza & beverages
  • Pinãta
  • Goodie bags
  • Theme decorations of your choice

Theme options:

  • Hawaiian, Disco, Frozen or Pirate

Book your party at least 1 week in advance to save your spot.

* Please inquire regarding parties requesting 10 or more children as additional fees applies.

Becoming a Life Guard & Advanced Leadership Programs

For more information on becoming a lifeguard and the Advanced Leadership Programs, please consult the Merritt Activity Guide.

National Lifeguard (NL) – Bronze Cross & SFA

Next program date Spring 2021.

Prerequisites:  SFA valid within two years, Bronze Cross and must be 16 years by the last day of the course.

The Lifesaving Society’s NL award is recognized as the standard measure of lifeguard performance in Canada.  NL training prepares lifeguards to prevent incidents and in the effective resolution of emergencies if needed.  NL is worth two Grade 12 High School credits.

100% attendance is required.  Minimum 6 candidates required.

 

Standard First Aid (SFA)

Next program date Spring 2021.

Lifesaving Society First Aid is the most comprehensive first aid program for the general public and a prerequisite for National Lifeguard.  Learn how to assess and treat airway, breathing and circulatory emergencies; and management of medical, musculoskeletal and environmental emergencies.  Certification also included CPR-C/AED.

100% attendance is required.  Minimum 6 candidates required.