Swimming in Raytown

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Surrounded by soothing, low-lit earth tones, visitors to Elements Spa Salon at Great Wolf Lodge are encouraged to relax from the moment they cross the spa's threshold. Many of the services incorporate Eminence Organic Skin Care products, an all-natural line made from fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

10401 Cabela Dr
Kansas City,
KS
US

Under the oppressive heat of the Missouri sun, rafts and their passengers float atop the languid current of Coyote Creek as it traces a 900-foot perimeter around Adventure Oasis Water Park's flooded playscape. The sprawling park offers a respite from the summer swelter with water activities and attractions for guests of all ages, highlighted by three towering slides, including the Sidewinder—a 308-foot raft slide—and the Scorpion, a tube slide that emulates passage through a cosmic wormhole or gigantic piece of penne pasta with a 197-foot plunge. The chutes bottom out in a placid pool, where guests can catch their breath or scale Cactus Climb, a climbing wall that hangs over the water. As grownups relax in a deck dotted with striped parasols, younger guests can run amok at Halfpint Paradise, a smaller playground stationed in a shallow pool.

A 25-yard lap pool with multiple lanes awaits more serious swimmers at Roadrunner Pass, which also boasts a diving board for those looking to perfect their swan-dive form or execute the world's first pool cannonball that actually explodes. In addition to free-range fun, Adventure Oasis's friendly waters host swim lessons and aquatic exercise programs.

2100 Hub Dr
Independence,
MO
US

First-time scuba divers will learn from professional, certified trainers during Skin-n-Scuba’s Discover Scuba training session. The training course includes all necessary diving gear and is conducted in the facility’s 26’x52’ indoor saltwater pool, featuring salt, water, and two sunken Spanish Armada galleons. Individual class enrollment is capped at 15 in order to maintain a reasonable instructor-to-student ratio and leave room in the pool for the dolphins enrolled in backstroke. The two-hour classes for Groupon buyers are offered Fridays (starting at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.), Saturdays (9 a.m. and 11 a.m.), Sundays (1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and Mondays (10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m.).

9300 East 35th Street South
Independence,
MO
US

In the 11 years since teaching their first students the art of diving, TD Scuba’s crew of instructors certified by the Professional Association of Diving Instructors have certified and imparted their passion for scuba upon more than 2,000 divers of all ages. The team leads courses, from Discover Scuba classes for beginners to advanced sessions such as an underwater digital-photography course centered around capturing a sea cucumber's good side on film. Along with onsite instruction, the staff helps divers acquire real-life experience via numerous dive trips scheduled throughout the year to local hotspots such as Beaver Lake as well as excursions to far-flung locales such as Cozumel. They further prepare their patrons for underwater excursions with a host of equipment and gear available for rent or purchase.

1173 NE Rice Rd
Lees Summit,
MO
US

The pool technicians from Picture Perfect Pools keep in-ground pools clean and inviting so that owners don't have to fret over ongoing maintenance. Each visit involves a manual vacuum, scum removal, backwashing, and washing for steps and slides. The cleanings are performed weekly so that grime never has the chance to get a foothold. When swimming season comes to a close, the team also handles the winterization procedure, altering the water chemistry and lowering the water level before covering the pool until next season.

1706 Gunner Avenue
Greenwood,
MO
US

A 36-month-old strokes his arms through clear water as his mother gently holds him afloat with her hands. Over the past few swim sessions, the little student has learned to submerge his face in the water and float on his belly as well as his back. After he and his fellow swimmers finish their parent/baby swimester, it's likely they may never experience the fear of swimming that many children begin to encounter around age 3. This type of insight into the developmental importance of swimming is what informs the instruction at Swim-U, Leesburg's child-oriented swimming school. The school's curriculum opens its lessons to newborns as young as 6 months old and to kids up to age 12 to instill water skills and the joys of fitness swimming from a young age. The Swim-U team comprises upbeat swimming professors who are the brains behind the company's special brand of instruction in swimming, as well as in child CPR and first-aid training and dunk-tank pitching.

3612 West 135th Street
Leawood,
KS
US