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This Olympic-sized, covered pool was opened in 1991. It is named in honor of Doris B. Deriso, a major contributor for the facility. Deriso’s daughter, Betty Deriso Pope, served as GSW Foundation Board chair from 1988-1990, working tirelessly to make this pool a reality. Americus native Angel Martino earned gold medals at the 1992 and 1996 Olympics while training at the Deriso Pool.

Something for Everyone

General Swim

Enjoy the pool with friends and family. Open more than 30 hours per week, year-round. Adult Lap Swim – at least two lap lanes are available during all regular hours for adults age 18 or older.

Swimming Lessons

Sign up for beginning swimming lessons. Small group or one-on-one instruction available year-round. Blue Tide Swim Team coaches and instructors.

Water Aerobics

Improve cardiovascular health and strength in a low-impact environment. Classes take place in shallow water— no swimming skills required.

Americus Blue Tide Swim Team

A year-round competitive swimming team and member of USA-Swimming. ABT has a long history of success, including Sumter County’s only Olympic athlete.


Weekend courses are taught by Richard Wisham. Complete your certification with an exciting weekend trip to Panama City Beach or other location.

Pool Parties

Host a birthday party, graduation party, or just get some friends together for some fun in the pool. Options include birthday cake and party favors.

Facility & Schedules

The 190 thousand gallon, heated pool has an expansive shallow end, ranging from 3’-6” to 5-0” and a deep end that measures 9’-0”.

The six lane pool has at least two lanes designated for lap swimmers at all times. The remainder of the pool can be set up for lap swimming, open swim or water exercise class.

Shower rooms and a chair lift for disability access round out the facility’s amenities.

Winter Hours of Operation:

Mon-Thu: 3:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.
(*hours will increase as membership grows)

Calendar with pool hours & class times:

Program Fees

Pool Membership

Adult Lap, Open Swim, Water Aerobics

  • Individual: $29/month; $109/semester; $289/year
  • Couple: $56/month; $209/semester; $529/year
  • Family: $15/month for each
  • Additional member Day Pass: $5

Swimming Lessons:

  • 8 half-hour group lessons: $79
  • one-on-one instruction: $149
  • adult drop-in class (45 min): $5

Blue Tide Swim Team:

Ages 4 through adult, Beginners welcome!

  • Waves: $51/month
  • Nova/Juniors: $75/month
  • Senior/Masters: $80/month


$275 (GSW students $250) Includes manual and equipment.
Instructor Richard Wisham: 928-5275

Pool Party Rental

$99 per two hours for entire pool

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