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Aquatics Newsletter | July 2009 |
Rock Out on the New Aquatic Climbing Wall at Kempsville! 
KV Climbing WallWe are excited to unveil the AquaClimb, an aquatic climbing wall and the newest addition to the pool at Kempsville Recreation Center!  The AquaClimb is just under 10 feet high by 10 feet wide and is the first of its kind in Virginia.  The panels are made from high performance fiberglass, which are finished with a gently textured non-slip surface.  The wall extends into the pool and sits at an angle over the water to ensure all climbers are safely returned to the pool from any height.  Check the pool calendar at Kempsville Recreation Center for hours of availability and get an upper body workout on our new AquaClimb!  A membership card or visitor pass is required to use the pool.
Enjoy a Movie in the Pool for FREE
Movie NightTry a new twist on traditional family fun - watch a movie in the pool! Each month we'll show different movies at our pools, shown on a jumbo movie screen. Best of all, there's no additional cost - just show up, float on a noodle, and enjoy the movie.  Check out the schedule of movies below:
July 17th from 5-8pm at Seatack: The Little Mermaid
July 31st from 6:30-8pm at Bow Creek: Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa
August 7th from 5-8pm at Princess Anne: Bolt
Please note that our regular pool rules are in effect:
  • A valid membership or visitor pass is required to enter the pool.
  • Those under age 9 must be accompanied in the pool by a responsible person age 16 or older.

Pool Calendars

Catch the Wave - Surfing Classes Offered
The warm sun, the soft sand, the crashing waves, the dolphins swimming beside you - aren't we lucky to be Virginia Beach residents and have these luxuries at our fingertips?  Come take advantage of our laid back lifestyle this summer and catch some waves in our surfing classes. 

Surfing ClassWe offer surfing instruction for anyone over 9 years of age and for the first time EVER will be offering Family Clinics.  What a perfect opportunity to spend some time with your loved ones in a fun and exciting environment!  Let our experienced and personable instructors teach your family one of the necessities for living at the beach!  Classes will be held at the Pendleton surfing area and participants must use the surfboards provided.  All participants must successfully complete an eligibility swim.  Eligibility swims are conducted at Seatack Recreation Center at 6:30pm on the Wednesday prior to the start of class and consist of: 1) 50 yard crawl stroke with breathing; 2) 10 minutes treading water; 3) underwater swim 20 ft.; 4) retrieve an object from 9 ft. of water.  We will make every attempt to reschedule classes due to inclement weather and unfortunately waves aren't guaranteed.  Memberships are NOT required for the surfing program.
Register soon as classes are filling quickly!

Surfing Classes: Mon - Thurs, July 20th-23rd or August 3rd-6th from 9:45 to 11:15 am, $85
>>Register now!

Surfing Clinic for Families: Sat, August 1st from 10 am to noon, $40
Got Game? Join Us for Water Polo Nights at Bayside
Water PoloWater polo is a game in which two teams enlist their reserves of stamina and strength to battle it out in the pool.  The object is to score the most goals for your team.  Do you have it in you?

Hailed as one of the oldest continuous Olympic team sports, game play in water polo involves swimming, players passing the ball while being defended by opponents, and scoring by throwing into a net defended by a goalie.  The game of non-stop action requires physical stamina and excellent hand-eye coordination.   

Come join the game!  Attend Water Polo Nights at Bayside Recreation Center on the second and fourth Friday nights each month from 7 to 8 pm.  We provide the equipment, you bring the eggbeater! 
New to the sport?  Our Water Polo Nights are the perfect starting place.  A qualified coach is on site each night to provide instruction and referee games.  A session of water polo also makes a great cross-training exercise for triathletes.
A valid membership or visitor pass is required for participation, as well as three punches on a Group Fitness punch card.  Participants must be 18 years of age or older.  Contact an Aquatic Supervisor at Bayside for more information at 460-7540.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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