Laurel Leader

Swim Club is focal point for families in summer [Maryland City]

Wow, Memorial Day weekend is just over two weeks away! The first place many of our neighbors think about when we mention summer is the neighborhood pool.

The West Arundel Swim Club, located at 259 Old Line Ave., is a private swim club nestled in the development of Maryland City. Members join from all over Laurel and the surrounding area.


The family-focused pool began membership sales and renewals for its summer season on April 29. Membership costs for an entire family usually run around $400 for the whole summer and new family-type memberships receive a free session of swim lessons for each child in the family. What a bargain!

Swim lessons at most locations cost close to $75 for eight classes. If you have two children, you pay $150 for eight classes and don't have access to the pool for the kids to practice. If they take two sessions of classes, that is $300 and still no extra practice time.


By now, you would have almost paid for a membership for the whole family to enjoy a summer-long activity (about 900-plus hours of pool time available) and yet you have only received eight to 12 hours worth of time for your child in the pool. You do the math: Approximately $400 for a summer-long membership including free swim lessons versus two sessions of swim lessons equaling $300 for two kids for eight to 12 hours of pool time.

As usual, the neighborhood kids are getting excited and everyone is making plans for opening day at the pool, which occurs on the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend, May 25. The pool season ends on Labor Day.

So, grab a T-shirt and some shorts, put the swimsuits and sunscreen on the kids, and head down to the pool for the summer. It will be a summer you won't forget! For more information on memberships, contact the membership chairperson, Flo Venit, at 301-725-5644.

Don't forget to show up and vote at the annual elections for board positions for the Maryland City Recreation Council at Brock Bridge Elementary School on Monday, May 13, at 7 p.m.

Anyone interested in running for president, vice-president, treasurer or secretary who has fulfilled the volunteer requirements for the organization in the last year is invited to contact the nominating committee chairman, Kate Johnson, at Please put MCRC elections in subject.

Nominations will also be accepted from the floor at the meeting. Elections will be held promptly at 7:30 p.m. All qualified members of Maryland City Recreation Council are invited to turn out and vote.