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*** Gaffney Fitness Center Aerobics Classes are back !***



$5 - drop in
$40 - 10 classes *
$60 - 20 classes *

*3 Month Expiration

pdf September Class Schedule

pdf October Class Schedule


Outdoor Swimming Options:

The Columbia Association has opened 5 pools to the Fort Meade Community, offering a special military/DoD rate.
Cost to visit the below pools will be: $4 per adult and $2 per child per visit. A valid military/DoD I.D. card will be required.

  • Talbott Spring: 410-730-5421
    9660 Basket Ring, Columbia, MD 21045

  • Faulkner Ridge: 410-730-5292
    15018 Marble Fawn Court, Columbia, MD 21044

  • Jeffers Hill: 410-730-1220
    6030 Tamar Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

  • McGills Common: 410-730-5995
    10025 Shaker Drive, Columbia, MD 21046

  • Running Brook: 410-730-5293
    5730 Columbia Road, Columbia, MD

Fairland Aquatic Center: (301)362-6060
13820/13950 Old Gunpowder Rd Laurel, MD 20707 
Prince George’s or Montgomery County Residents: $5 for Adults / $4 for children All other Counties: $6 for Adults / $5 for children

North Arundel Aquatic Center: (410)222-0090
7888 Crain Highway Glen Burnie, MD 21061
$4.00 for Active Duty Adults / $4.00 for Children.  They also offer a 20 use family swim pass for $68.00.

Arundel Olympic Swim Center: (410)222-7933, (301)970-2216
2690 Riva Rd Annapolis, MD 21401
$4.00 for Active Duty Adults / $4.00 for Children.

Swim Lessons star

Indoor Pool

A six-lane, 25 meter pool located at Gaffney Fitness Center. It starts at 3 feet, and ends at 10. An Aquatics ramp is located in one lap lane for easy entrance into pool.

Lap Swim Hours

Monday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 Lanes Only)
Tuesday 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 Lanes Only)
Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 Lanes Only)

6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 Lanes Only)

Friday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (3 Lanes Only)
Saturday 7:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m.
Sunday 7:00 a.m - 2:30 p.m.


Recreational Swim Hours

Three lanes of pool.
12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays ONLY.



Outdoor Pool

Outdoor pool is currently closed .

Location: Rock Avenue Outdoor Pool

6220 Rock Avenue (next to the Green House)

Swim For Your Life

Click here to see the details.

Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors

Hiring Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors

We offer year round Fulltime, Part time, and Flexible positions.

Benefits: Great pay, earn between $11.00 to $13.00 per hour. Free uniforms. Leave Benefits. Holiday Pay. Flexible schedules.

Required: Must have Current certification in American Red Cross life guarding or Water Safety Instructor, first aid and CPR/AED for the professional rescuer.


Applicants must be 16 years of age or older. A work permit must be obtained by applicants under age 18. Proof of U.S. citizenship. For more information about job openings, please contact the civilian personnel office at 301.677.6596/6660.

Apply online: USAJOBS.GOV search under Fort Meade for all our job announcements.


Dress code:

Open toed footwear, boots, dress shoes, jeans, dress slacks, skirts, dresses, unsafe or offensive attire are strictly prohibited.

Athletic attire appropriate to the activity is mandated to ensure the safety, personal hygiene and protection of customers and property.

Shirt, shorts/pants, and shoes are required at all times while working out in the fitness centers (except pool).

ACU’s/BDU’s are allowed to be worn in the weight room only for Active Duty Soldiers.


Open to all eligible DoD ID card patrons--active duty, immediate family members, reservists, retirees, and civilians, and contractors. 100% ID cards is required (Exception Active Duty in uniform). Authorized children and guests must have proof of ID/age to enter the facility. Civilians and contractors that do not have a DOD ID card must obtain an MWR card that is issued at Gaffney Fitness Center (see admin hours) before authorized to use the fitness centers.

Facility Policy:

Racquetball Courts
  • Participants are required to wear OSHA approved eye protection at all times during play.
  • Footwear worn outdoors is prohibited on the basketball courts and the indoor racquetball courts.
Weight Room
  • Towels are required for use on benches and machines.
  • Use weight collars at all times.
  • Gym bags are not authorized in the cardio / weight room.
Cardio Room
  • Limit workout to 30 minutes per machine, per person.
  • Wipe down the machine after each use.

Guest policy:

Active duty, retirees and their spouses 18 & over may sponsor 2 guests (13 & over) per visit. Guests must show a valid ID or proof of age to enter the facility. You must stay with your guests at all times while in the facility.
Dependents, civilians, contractors assigned to FT Meade and their family members, are not allowed to sign in guests.


Authorized children ages 13-17 may use the fitness center with an authorized adult/patron. Children must have an ID or document with proof of age to enter the facility. The adult must be with the adolescent at all times. Children under 13 are only allowed in the pool area and must be with an adult at all times to lap swim. Children are also allowed during recreational swim but must also be directly supervised by an adult while in the pool.

If children are present during intramural games, they must be supervised by an authorized adult who is not participating in the activity.

Food and Beverage:

NO food is allowed inside the facility. ONLY water is allowed during workouts and intramurals.

  • Plastic sports bottles with a non-spill, snap close drinking spout (biking water bottles) may be filled with WATER ONLY and used inside the facility.
  • All other beverage containers and food items are restricted to the lobby or outside.
  • Security

    It is the patron’s responsibility to secure their valuables while utilizing Gaffney Fitness center and Murphy Field House. MWR will not be held responsible for patrons’ property. Please bring your own lock for lockers. Staff may not safe guard personal property.

    Inappropriate Behavior

    Use of foul language (cursing), yelling, fighting or heated arguments will not be tolerated at anytime for any reason. Gaffney / Murphy staff will handle inappropriate behavior in accordance with Standards of Operation Procedures.