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Dive into the excitement with Hutch Rec’s Aquatics programs & activities at the Salt City Splash Aquatic Center. Our outdoor aquatic hub offers a spectrum of engaging activities and events suitable for all ages. Hutch Rec programs both youth and adult swim lessons, water fitness classes, and dynamic community events throughout the season. Discover a wave of fun and fitness with Hutch Rec – where every splash is a new adventure!

For facility hours, admission pricing, and more visit here!

Programs & Activities

  • Lifeguard Training & Certification
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    Lifeguard Certification: If you apply to be a Salt City Splash Lifeguard, you will receive your certification for FREE! Not only is that a $225 value, but it is good for two years!

    Apply to be a lifeguard here! 

    The American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification is a blended learning course required for individuals wanting to become a lifeguard. Throughout the course, participants will learn and be evaluated on knowledge and skills related to lifeguarding, water rescues, CPR and AED, and First Aid. This blended learning class will include online learning, as well as in-person classes (included in the dates/times listed). The Lifeguard Certification is valid for two years. More details will be sent via e-mail to all participants prior to the first class. Participants must be at least 15 years old and be able to complete the following skills at the first class:

    • Jump in the water and totally submerge and resurface, then swim 150 yards using the front crawl or breaststroke (or a combination). Tread water for two minutes using only the legs. Swim 50 yards using front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both.
    • Complete a timed event within 1:40 – swim 20 yards, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back, holding the object. Exit the water without using the steps or ladder.

    There are three (3) courses available. To find out more about this training, click the register button.




  • Fitness Classes
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    Our water fitness classes include a great workout using the benefits of buoyancy and resistance. Classes vary each summer and have included water aerobics, land and water boot camp, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP), SUP yoga, aqua running, and more.

    Register for Activities



  • Junior Lifeguarding Program
    Ages: 11-14 yrs old
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    Learn what it takes to become a lifeguard! Participants in this class will be introduced to lifeguarding skills and learn how to respond to emergencies in both water and on land, as well as shadow current Salt City Splash lifeguards. This program is a great resource for tweens and/or teens interested in becoming a certified lifeguard.



Community Swim Lessons

Join us at Salt City Splash for our Community Swim Lessons! Our experienced instructors are passionate about teaching children of all ages and skill levels how to swim in a safe and supportive environment. Children will improve their swimming technique and build their confidence in the water.

There are two sessions to choose from for your convenience.

Session One: June 18-20; June 25-27 (6 classes per session)

Session Two: July 9-11; July 16-18 (6 classes per session)

  • Baby/Toddler & Me
    Ages: 6 months - 3 yrs
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    Designed for children 6 months to 3 years of age, this program builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Adults and children participate in skills that help babies become comfortable and safe in the water. Skills include: Water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back kicking, back floating and more. Non toilet-trained participants must wear a swim diaper during lessons. Register under the CHILD’s name. *Children must be 6 months of age by first day of class.


  • Preschool
    Ages: 3 - 5 yrs
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    Designed for preschoolers ages 3-5 years old, participants will focus on learning independence in blowing bubbles, retrieving objects underwater with their eyes open, arm and leg movement for swimming, floating, jumping in water over their heads, and water safety.


  • Level 1 (Introduction to Water Skills)
    Must be 5 yrs.
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    This class is designed for the school-aged swimmer who has had little to no previous swim lessons. Participants will learn how to fully submerge face in water and retrieve an object underwater with eyes open, learn to independently float, glide, and use arm and leg motions that resemble swim strokes.


  • Level 2 (Fundamental Water Skills)
    Age: Must be 5 yrs
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    This class is designed for swimmers who are comfortable and can fully submerge in the water, black float independently for 5 seconds or more, and can swim short distances on their own. Participants will learn the front crawl, backstroke, and be introduced to rhythmic breathing and the breaststroke.


  • Level 3 (Intermediate Stroke Development)
    Age: Must be 6 yrs
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    This class is designed for swimmers who are capable of swimming at least 10 yards on both front and back, and are comfortable in deep water but may not have great technique with different swimming strokes. Participants will develop more advanced skills in strokes and swimming, including rotary breathing, diving, breast stroke, dolphin kick, and will be introduced to the sidestroke and butterfly.


  • Level 4 (Stroke Improvement & Water Safety)
    Ages: Must be 7 yrs
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    This class is designed for advanced swimmers who desire stroke-specific and swimming skill refinement. Swimmers must be capable of swimming multiple lengths of the pool and have basic knowledge of multiple swimming strokes, including front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Participants will refine all strokes, build endurance, and cover more advanced water safety skills.



  • Salt City Splash Aquatic Center
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    Salt City Splash Aquatic Center is Hutchinson’s exclusive water park and is located in Carey Park. The Splash opens the Saturday before Memorial Day and is open daily (weather-permitting) through mid-August from 12:30-6:30 p.m.

    Visit the Splash facility page below for detailed facility features and amenities.

    Salt City Splash Facility Page

  • Splash Pads
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    The City of Hutchinson operates three splash pads, which open in mid-May and close in late September. Splash pads are open daily from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m. and have nearby restroom facilities.

    Splash pads are not swimming pools and are ideal for families with young children 7 and younger. They are free to the public.

    Splash pad locations include:

    • Avenue A Splash Pad: 13 W. Avenue A
    • Fairgrounds Splash Pad: 2101 N. Severance
    • Rice Park Splash Pad: 2112 N. Hendricks