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Aquatics Newsletter | August 2009 |
Come Ride the Vortex - New at Bow Creek! 
Bow Creek SlideIf you want to experience the fun with Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation, you must include a stop at Bow Creek Recreation Center's pool where a bright blue, ten-foot high closed flume slide awaits you.  After climbing the spiral staircase to the top, nineteen feet of corkscrew runway hurtle you to the inviting pool below!

Slide operational hours will vary from month to month and can be found on the Bow Creek Pool Calendar- just look for the key code "OP w/ SLD" (open swim with slide).
Bring the whole family and beat the summer heat in the pool at Bow Creek Recreation Center!  Parents, please note: children must be supervised by an adult when using the slide.
Take Your Mark - GO!
Swim LeagueCalling all swimmers ages 6 to 17!  Winter swim league sign-ups begin on Saturday, September 12th for all recreation center teams.  Online registration will be available via EZreg
New to the winter swim league?  Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers an intramural winter swim league with emphasis on swimmer development and fun in a low-key competitive environment.  Each team will swim regular season and championship meets during a season that runs from November to February.  Teams practice twice a week under the supervision of experienced coaches, building competence in each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly) as well as learning starts and turns. 

For more information, please visit our website at or contact an aquatic supervisor at any of the six recreation centers.

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Attention Athletes Age 50 and Better!
It's time again for the annual Forever Fit Games where those age 50 and up have the opportunity to let their talents shine in a variety of sports and activities!  The event will be held October 2nd-3rd and competitions include: badminton, basketball, billiards, bocce, cornhole, horseshoes, pickleball, shuffleboards, softball hit and throw, swimming, table tennis and track & field.  The $20 registration fee entitles participants to their choice of five events. 
Senior SwimmerSwimming competitions:
  • 50-Meter Freestyle
  • 50-Meter Backstroke
  • 50-Meter Breaststroke
  • 50-Meter Butterfly
  • 1/4-Mile Swim
  • 100-Meter Freestyle
  • 200 Freestyle
  • 100 Individual Medley
Registration is available now through September 18th by visiting any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.  Additional event details are available on the registration form, or contact Jane Jagodzinski at with any questions.
Just for Teens Swim Class!
Teen SwimmerVirginia Beach Parks and Recreation's Aquatic Unit is pleased to announce a Learn to Swim program that is geared toward teens. This program enables teens to learn valuable swimming skills with their peers in a supportive and fun environment. It is ideal for any teen who wants to enjoy the water safely, regardless of skill level or ability.

Learn to Swim - Teen (Ages 12-15)
The American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program is a six-level instructional program. Instructors are trained and certified by the American Red Cross. Each level of the Learn to Swim program includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency. This course is intended for teens with little to no swimming experience (American Red Cross Levels 1-3). A current Recreation Center membership or day pass is required for participation.  Registration begins September 12th.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, August 31st to Monday, September 7th. 
Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Monday, September 14th to Sunday, September 20th.  The pool at Princess Anne will remain closed through September 27th.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers will be closed on Monday, September 6th for Labor Day.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.