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Aquatics Newsletter | September 2009 |
Private Lessons Offered Year-Round
FloatDo you want to learn to swim? Does a group setting intimidate you?  Do you learn more effectively in a one-on-one teaching environment? If you answered yes, then private swimming lessons are for you! Virginia Beach Recreation Centers offer private swimming lessons year-round and may be tailored to suit a variety of needs from non-swimmers to triathletes.

Lessons are available for children ages 4 and up, teens and adults. Specialized coaching or training for triathlons, diving and preparation for lifeguarding courses is also available for ages 12 and up depending on the experience, certification and availability of instructors. Lessons are 30 minutes in duration. All participants are required to have a current membership at the time of the lesson.
Learn To Swim 
One participant: $25 per session | 6 sessions for $138
Semi-Private: 2-3 participants, $23 per person/per session | 6 sessions for $126 per person
Specialty Training
One participant: $30 per session | 6 sessions for $168
Semi-Private: 2-3 participants, $28 per person/per session | 6 sessions for $156 per person

For more information about scheduling a private lesson, please call or visit any recreation center.

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9/27 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck
10/11 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne
10/30 | Movie Night in the Pool | Bow Creek 
Get The Competitive Edge at Our Recreation Centers!
For those looking to add a competitive edge to their swimming skills, let us help!  

Competitive Swim Clinics, Ages 6-17
Improve your stroke technique and/or starts and turns in these one-hour clinics.  Five clinic types are being offered: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and starts and turns.  Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool (25m) using a good basic crawl stroke with rhythmic breathing in order to participate.  For a list of dates and times, please check the Fall 2009 Catalog or visit EZreg to register.  The cost for each clinic is $7.  A valid membership or visitor pass is required.

SwimmerMasters Swim Clinic, Age 18 & Up
Are you a competent swimmer looking to improve your skills? Need to shake up your routine? Join us for this unique Masters Swim Clinic presented by the U.S. Masters Swimming and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.
A team of experienced coaches will lead drills and instruction on competitive swim strokes and turns, including freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly. Advanced open water techniques and training strategies will also be featured. Please note that this workshop is for experienced masters swimmers
The cost is $20 and a valid membership or visitor pass is required. Registration is accepted at Seatack Recreation Center. For more information, contact Janis Sweeney at 426-0022.
Seatack | Oct. 4 | 11am-2pm 
Pre-Season Training for High School Swimmers, Ages 13-18
Aspiring and returning high school swimmers can jumpstart the competitive season by attending these conditioning practices.  A trained coach will provide a structured workout as well as drills for improving technique.  Participants must be enrolled in at least the 9th grade and be able to swim 100m of freestyle.  Each workout is $4 or 3 punches on a Group Fitness Punch Card; a valid membership or visitor pass is also required.
Great Neck | Mondays & Wednesdays (begins Oct. 5) | 3-4:30pm
Princess Anne | Tuesdays & Thursdays (begins Sept. 29) | 3-4:30pm

High School Weight Training Seminars, Ages 13-18
Add strength and speed to your stroke by adding a simple weight lifting routine into your regime.  These informational workshops will introduce participants to the basics of a weight training routine.  Learn how to properly perform: bench press, bicep curls, bungee cord exercises, hip extension and flexion, lunges, overhead extensions, rows and tricep extensions.  Each session is $4 or 3 punches on a Group Fitness Punch Card; a valid membership or visitor pass is also required.  For more information, contact David Green at 426-0022.
Princess Anne | Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 | 3-4pm
Yearly Maintenance Keeps Pools in Top Shape
Why bother with draining the pool and shutting down the operation once a year?  It certainly isn't time for staff vacations!  On the contrary, pool operators invest some serious sweat equity to maintain the pool facility and keep the water sparkling.

Draining the pool offers an opportunity to replace missing or broken tiles, clean grates, replace underwater and overhead lighting, repair caulk, paint wall targets, reseal the coping stones and scrub the entire pool shell.  In addition to work inside the empty pool, there are a variety of other maintenance tasks that need to be accomplished.  Equipment is cleaned and inspected, cracked or broken deck tiles are replaced, maintenance work is performed on pool operational equipment like pumps and filters, floors are scrubbed, locker rooms are cleaned out and this year, the walls are being painted. 
The recreation center and building maintenance staff pull together to get all of these jobs plus more done in the two-week period.  Once the work is complete, the pool is filled back up.  A proper chemical balance and reasonable water temperature must be attained before the pool can be opened.  There is nothing like the first swim in a freshly cleaned pool!
GogglesRecreation Center Pool Maintenance Dates:
  • Great Neck | Aug. 3 - Sept. 13
  • Princess Anne | Sept. 14-27
  • Kempsville | Sept. 2 - Oct. 11
  • Bayside | Oct. 12-25
  • Bow Creek | Nov. 30 - Dec. 13
  • Seatack | Mar. 1-14, 2010

Don't forget that your membership is good at all six recreation centers!  If your usual center is closed for maintenance, take the opportunity to visit another center.  Use this locator to help you find one!

Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation believes all of our diverse citizens have a right to participate in community recreation and we are committed to creating equal access for everyone who may have a challenge or barrier. If you or your child require additional support, we can help.  Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
We welcome your comments and questions.  Feel free to email us at
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