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Aquatics Newsletter | November 2009 |
Get Ready for Some Competition
CrowdAquatic 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 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
Fire & Water SafetyBuckets 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.

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11/13 | Movie Night in the Pool | Seatack
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NEW!  Ask Aquatics

Each month we will feature one of your questions along with an answer from our aquatics staff. 
Submit your questions to
Q: I wear contact lenses and cannot see without them. Can I wear them while swimming?

A: The short answer to this is YES!  However, a word of caution: you may lose a lense and they are impossible to find in the water!  I have a couple of suggestions to remedy this.
1. Wear your lenses with a good pair of goggles. Lots of people do this successfully.
2. Purchase a pair of optical goggles. You can ask your optician or ophthalmologist to make a pair for you, or the easier and less expensive way is to find out your diopter measurement and order a pair from an online swim shop. The usual cost is $15-$40 depending on the style you prefer.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
All Virginia Beach Community Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, City parks and park facilities will be closed on Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veteran's Day and on November 26 - 27 for Thanksgiving.
Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed November 30 through December 6 for maintenance.  The pool will remain closed through December 13.
Don't forget that your membership is good at all six Virginia Beach 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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