Hitting The Pool
Azionaqua Swim Club Has Offered a Family-oriented Experience For 58 Years
Writer / Jon Shoulders
Photos provided by Azionaqua Swim Club
If you’ve ever taken the family to a local swimming pool, you might’ve come away with a somewhat impersonal experience — a few hours of splashing away amongst strangers in unfamiliar surroundings. That’s the opposite of the kind of experience that the staff at Azionaqua Swim Club in Zionsville has tried to present to its members for 58 years and counting.
In 1959 a group of local Zionsville families interested in having their own safe, community-focused swim club pooled their resources and began a membership drive early the following year. Interest grew and construction began that summer on Willow Road for an Olympic-sized pool and bathhouse building.
The result is a private, not-for-profit swim club that has stood the test of time, and aquatics director Ginger DeCoursey says the club’s essential mission, and physical surroundings, have largely remained the same since its opening.
“We’ve added a few features like a basketball court, a junior pool, a playground and some other things over the years, but people will come in and say it’s just like they remember from their childhood,” says DeCoursey, who has served as aquatics director since April and has been a member at the club for more than 20 years with her family. “We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly place with a nostalgic feel. So many people here come and remember their childhood, coming to the pool.”
Azionaqua offers recreational swimming, group and private swim lessons, as well as a swim team for age levels ranging from six-and-under through 14 that competes in a northside swim conference along with Bridgewater Club, Lifetime Fitness and others.
“Our swim team is hugely popular — we have about 200 kids on the team this summer,” adds DeCoursey, who swam for Carmel High School in the late 1980s and subsequently Purdue University where she was a four-year letter winner. “Our coach Paul Magoni, who teaches at the high school, is in his eleventh summer this year and is just awesome.”
The club currently offers a basic family membership for $375 per year, which includes two adults and all dependent children, and in recent years Azionaqua expanded its membership offerings to include adult single ($145), couples ($195), college-age ($100) and more.
“A lot of people choose to upgrade to what we call a plus-two membership, which allows them to have two guests every time they come in – so if they want to bring grandparents, neighbors or a babysitter they can,” DeCoursey says. “It helps to have different levels as opposed to a flat fee for everyone because people have different circumstances and that’s helped our numbers. We saw an increase this year in membership.”
DeCoursey says the way the club structures its memberships has helped its longevity.
“We don’t have day camp and kids can’t pay to come in on a day pass, so with the way we structure it, it’s very family oriented,” she says. “Also, even though our attendance is usually high, it’s never so crowded here that you feel like you can’t come to the pool.”
She adds that additional driving forces behind the facility’s success are its focus on family coupled with the quality of its young staffers, from the lifeguards to the kids running the front desk and Cannonball Cafe concession stand.
“They’re not just good at what they do, they’re great kids,” DeCoursey says. “The little kids look up to them. They know that and they try to live up to that in how they act and in their character. My lifeguards that I hire keep coming back — they get to know the kids here and vice versa. It really forms a sense of community here because of the way our club is set up and quality of our staff.”
Azionaqua Swim Club is located at 4875 Willow Road in Zionsville. For more information on classes, programs and membership, and to inquire about private event rental options, call 317-873-3913 and visit azionaqua.org.