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Aquatics Newsletter | May 2010 |
Instant Fitness: Just Add Water!
Water FitnessOh, how the times have changed! We've revamped our water fitness classes to give you more options for a better water workout. Check out our drop-in offerings below and find the class for you!
Deep Water Cardio & Core High-energy cardio class that focuses on strengthening your core without the impact
Wet & Wild Full-hour of continuous high-energy aerobic exercise in the shallow end of the pool
Water Works Put the water to work for you focusing on muscular strength and endurance
Wet & Wild and Water Works Too Combination of Wet & Wild cardio and Water Works strengthening into one excellent work out
White Water Intervals Burn fat with the variety of intense cardio intervals alternating with powerful strengthening exercises
Fluid Moves Our gentlest aqua class designed specifically for our mature members to loosen joints and improve range of motion, muscular strength and coordination
Boxing Skills & Aqua Drills Traditional kickboxing techniques, intense calorie-burning sessions and challenging aquatic moves all come together for an exciting and fun pool workout
Aqua Box for Life Recommended for adults 50 and over; shallow water workout using traditional boxing moves
Boot Camp Gets Wet Move from station to station consisting of challenging cardio drills and strengthening exercises using the water's resistance to prevent impact on your joints
Aqua Zumba Latin & international-inspired dance aerobic workout broken down into short routines in the water
Classes require a membership or visitor pass, along with a group fitness punch card. View additional information and a class schedule here.
Tip: Improve Your Backstroke Technique
BackstrokeThe majority of the stroke movement should be driven by your shoulders. When you do the backstroke, you should try to reach as far as you can with your arms as you shift your shoulders. The motion of rolling of your shoulders is done with your entire upper body. Try to think of it like rowing a boat one arm at a time, and that's how you want your stroke to look.
Kick your legs up and down rapidly as you would in a freestyle stroke. The only difference is that you are lying on your back rather than on your stomach. The purpose of kicking is to counter the weight of the lower half of your body, thus propelling your body forward in motion.
While you don't have to concentrate on breathing, you do need to focus on your location in the pool. If you are swimming indoors, try to follow a pattern on the ceiling, so you won't drift from one lane to another. If you are swimming outdoors, glance over to the side to gain some perspective. Try to maintain a steady movement and use the markers on the sides of the pool to keep a proper lane formation.

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Q: How do I properly use a kickboard?

A: Kickboards allow you to give your arms a rest and exclusively work your legs while you swim. They can assist with developing and strengthening your kicking technique.
To begin, push the kickboard out in front of you until your arms are completely straightened. Hold the kickboard with both hands on the sides of the board or along the bottom. The kickboard should not be under your body, but fully extended in front of you.

Push up the bottom half of your body and begin kicking your legs behind you. The kickboard will support the upper half of your body while your legs propel your suspended midsection around the water.
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Learn to Swim Classes for All Ages
Join Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation's Aquatic Unit for a session of swim lessons this summer. Our programs are ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the water safely, regardless of age or skill level.
Tiny Bobbers with Adult Guardian (Age 1-3)
Make the first swimming experience with your child safe and fun. A participating adult guardian provides support and comfort as the child begins to learn water safety, water adjustment and swimming skills through activities and songs.  >>Get course info
Pre-school Paddlers (Age 4)
The Pre-school Paddlers program uses Level 1-3 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program in this lower student to instructor ratio program.  >>Get course info 
American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program
  Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
  Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  Level 3: Stroke Development 
  Level 4: Stroke Improvement
  Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Learn to Swim Levels 1-3 (Ages 5-15)  >>Get course info
Learn to Swim Levels 4-5 (Ages 5-15)  >>Get course info
M.I.L.E.S (Age 5-15)
(Momentum - Instruction - Lifeguard - Experienced - Swimmers) M.I.L.E.S. includes a variety of fitness, water safety and lifeguard preparation skills. This course will prepare swimmers for participation with high school swim teams, swim league and familiarize them with introductory water safety and lifeguarding skills in preparation for becoming a lifeguard.  >>Get course info 
Learn to Swim - Adult (Age 16 & Up)
Learn to swim and get fit! This class includes both Learn to Swim skills for beginners and advanced workout/fitness techniques.  >>Get course info
Summer class registration begins on Saturday, June 5.
Birthday Pool Parties Make a Splash!
Pool PartyAre you tired of having your child's birthday party at your house? Does shopping for the party and cleaning up after the kids leave you tired? Then have your child's party at one of the Virginia Beach Recreation Center pools. This is an economical and hassle free solution to host a party. All parties include ice cream, beverages, plates & napkins, balloons, and staff to help run the event from start to finish with organized activities.
The two-hour party includes one hour of food & fun in your own rented room and one hour of pool time with pool toys provided. You also have the option to add a giant pool inflatable, like Green Gator (available at Princess Anne, Great Neck and Bayside) or Claw Daddy (available at Kempsville or Bow Creek) for an additional cost.
Birthday parties can be held on Friday evenings or weekends and the total price of the party is determined by the number of children who attend. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance, so call ahead to plan your party. Please note that giant inflatables are available to rent based on availability.
For more information, please contact any recreation center.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
All Community Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed May 31 for Memorial Day.

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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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.