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Aquatics Newsletter | December 2009 | VBgov.com/Parks
Preview Our Winter Catalogs!
 
Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation wants to keep you and your family active and involved all year long!  Check out our new Youth and Adult Program Catalogs and plan for an exciting winter! Registration for new programs begins Saturday, January 9th.
Experienced Diving Coaches Needed
 
DiverIf you are an experienced diving coach looking to use your love of diving and competitive sports, we need you!  We offer an intramural diving league for youth ages 7-15, with an emphasis on development and fun in a low-key competitive environment. Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers each host a dive team with 2 coaches and a maximum of 32 divers.  The season runs March through April, with a championship meet in May. 
 
The position will open in January. To apply, please visit VBgov.com/careers and submit an application for the position of Aquatic Instructor/Dive Coach.
 
For more information, please contact Carol Fernheimer at 460-7540.
Let Your Kids Catch the Polo Fever!
 
Polo TeamDoes your child enjoy swimming and playing sports?  This is a great opportunity for kids to combine the two and learn how to play water polo. The Water Polo League is a learning league that is geared toward a non-competitive and fun environment.
 
Registrants must be at least 10 years and no older than 17 on or before April 1, 2010.  Registration begins January 9 and there are only 32 spots, so sign up quickly to reserve your child's spot.  All practices and scrimmages will be held at Bayside Rec Center. Swimmers will be assigned practice times based on their swimming ability during the eligibility swim on March 18.  The league will practice twice a week from March 23 to May 20. Membership card is required. 
Are You Whistle Worthy?
 
LifeguardDoes the idea of learning skills that can save a life sound like the right challenge for you?  Sign up for an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course and get certified!
 
American Red Cross Lifeguarding teaches professionalism, patron and facility surveillance, victim recognition, equipment-based rescues, and caring for head, neck and back injuries.  The course is designed to teach swimming pool lifeguarding skills and knowledge. 
 
>>Lifeguard Training Prerequisites and Course Dates
 
Youth age 10-14 can try our Junior Lifeguard Class and get a head start on learning lifesaving skills!
 
This program is designed to provide the knowledge and respect for the swimming pool environment. Instruction is provided in elementary forms of water rescue and skills, as well as building participant's swimming endurance.
 
>>Junior Lifeguard Prerequisites and Course Dates
 
Already a lifeguard and looking for a new challenge?  Why not try our Lifeguard Training Instructor Class
 
This course trains instructor candidates to teach American Red Cross Lifeguard Training, CPR/PR, First Aid, AED, O2 Administration, Preventing Disease Transmission and Water Safety courses. 
 
>>Lifeguard Instructor Prerequisites and Course Dates
 
Course registration begins on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 9:00 am.  A valid membership is required for participation in all classes.

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Quick Links
 
Our Website
 
Adult Programs Catalog
 
 
 
Pool Events
  
12/13 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck
 
12/18 | Movie Night in the Pool | Bow Creek
 

NEW!  Ask Aquatics

Each month we will feature one of your questions along with an answer from our aquatics staff. 
 
Submit your questions to fun@vbgov.com.
Q: How do I know if my goggles fit properly?

A: Goggles have to be comfortable to wear as well as functional in keeping water out of your eyes.
 
To check for correct fit, place the goggles in position over your eyes without extending the strap behind your head. If the goggles stay on your face with some suction, then they are right for you.
 
Now put the strap behind your head and submerge. The strap should be comfortably tight. If water leaks in, adjust the strap a little tighter. You may also need to adjust the nose piece.
 
Expect to pay $10-20 for a good pair.
Improve Your Swimming Workouts
 
This is the second 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.
 
Fingertip Drag. This is a relatively easy drill. As you recover, drag your fingertips over the surface of the water.  Do not do a "zipper" drill and bring your hand too close to your body.  Recover the hand out wide, dragging over the surface of the water.  This drill encourages you to keep your elbow higher than your hand during recovery.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
 
The fitness room, game room and rooms 1, 2 & 3 at Bow Creek Recreation Center will remain closed through December 18.  Please call the center to confirm opening date. 
 
The Mount Trashmore Skate Park will be closed through December 14 for maintenance. The Skate Park at Woodstock Park will be open.
 
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, parks and park facilities will close at 12 noon on December 24 and will remain closed on December 25.  They will also close at 5 pm on December 31 and remain closed on January 1.
 
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 fun@vbgov.com.
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