Get Ready for Some Competition
Aquatic staff members will be bustling with activity as they work to keep the pools in top shape for a season of sizzling competition. The pools at Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers are host to a variety of swimming competitions including high school swimming, high school diving and our winter swim league.
The swimming competition consists of a mixture of individual swimming events and relays swum in one or more of the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Each stroke is swum in races whose distances vary from a short 25-meter sprint to a quarter of a mile (400 meters). Each pool consists of eight lanes, each 25 meters in length, with up to eight swimmers battling for each race.
The diving competition consists of individual divers performing up to six dives each off a 1-meter springboard. Dives are categorized into five groups: forward, reverse, back, inward and twisting; and each dive may be performed in one of four positions: straight, pike, tuck and free. Each dive is rated for its degree of difficulty, ranging from 1.4 for a straight forward dive to 3.6 for a forward twisting pike performed with 2 ½ somersaults and 2 twists.
Swimming and diving competitions generate energy and excitement in the pools, so stop by and get in on the action! View the Competition Schedule
for dates, times and locations of competitions, as well as pool closures due to the meets.
Improve Your Swimming Workouts
This is the first in a series of tips aimed to help you improve your swimming workouts.
To get the most out of your swimming workout, you need variety, good technique and a sense of pace. You can improve your technique through the use of drills. Keep in mind that drills are designed to work on one aspect of your stroke. The drill alone is not the perfect stroke; it's a specific movement done repetitively to help you learn a certain part of the stroke.
Catch-Up Drill. This is one of the easiest drills and one of the first drills used. When swimming, pull with one arm at a time and touch your hands in a streamlined position between each alternating arm stroke. Hold the left arm out straight, until the right hand "catches up" or touches it. Then hold the right arm out straight until the left hand catches up. The purpose of this drill is to encourage a long stroke. Holding the non-stroking arm on the surface until you catch-up with the other hand makes your body longer and more streamlined.
Clown'n Around for Fire and Water Safety
Buckets the Clown and friends make up the cast of characters presenting the Fire and Water Safety Assembly to children in Virginia Beach elementary schools across the city. Presented in a fun, interactive skit format, this 45-minute lifesaving assembly will teach kindergarteners through third-graders about the importance of learning how to swim, staying safe in the water, fire prevention, what to do in case of a fire, and more!
The cast have many interesting interactions at Fire Station by the Beach, the setting for the skit, including talking with a lifeguard about cooling a burn and learning about smoke from Daisy the Dragon. The kids will be up on their feet singing the "Stop, Drop and Roll" song while learning important fire safety information.
The Aquatic Unit, in collaboration with the Virginia Beach Fire Department, will present the assemblies throughout the 2009-2010 school year. Learn more about the Fire Department's Life Safety Community Programs