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Aquatics Newsletter | August 2010 |
Preview Our Fall Catalog
Take a look at our new Fall Catalog for programs and activities for the whole family. Some of our new classes for the fall include Bollywood and Hula Dancing, a Back Bay kayak tour and How to Train for Your 5K. Registration begins Saturday, September 11 at 9 am.
Get Ready for Youth Winter Swim League
Swim LeagueCalling all swimmers ages 6 to 17! Winter swim league sign-ups begin on Saturday, September 11 for all recreation center teams. Online registration will be available via EZreg
New to the winter swim league? Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation offers an intramural winter swim league with an emphasis on swimmer development and fun in a low-key competitive environment.  Each team will swim regular season and championship meets during a season that runs from November to February. Teams practice twice a week under the supervision of experienced coaches, building competence in each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly) as well as learning starts and turns. 

For more information, please visit our website at or contact an aquatic supervisor at any of the six recreation centers.
Planning Your Workout - Main Set
It's always best to have a plan when you go to the pool for your workout. A good model that lends itself to variety is a main set of 1500.  A 500, 400, 300, 200 & 100 gives you 1500. Examples: 
A) 5 x 100, rest, 4 x 100, rest, 3 x 100, rest, 2 x 100, rest, 1 x 100.
B) 500 Swim, 400 Pull, 300 Swim, 200 Kick, 100 Swim
C) 5 x 100, 2 x 200, 3 x 100, 4 x 50, 4 x 25
Another main set that offers variety is 4 x 400. Examples:
A) 1 x 400, 2 x 200, 4 x 100, 8 x 50
B) 4 sets of 4 x 100
C) 400 Swim, 400 Pull, 400 Drill/Swim, 400 Kick/Swim 
There are endless possibilities, so just make a plan and be creative!

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Kempsville Pool to Undergo Renovations
Kempsville Pool Before RenovationsThe pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will undergo renovations beginning September 7, 2010. While there is no definite time frame to modernize Kempsville Recreation Center, maintenance will be completed to extend the life of the pool facility, including:
  • Installation of new HVAC system;
  • Installation of energy efficient windows;
  • Replacement of holding tank;
  • Replacement of the fiberglass pool shell with a plaster shell; and
  • Replacement of the railings on the pool deck and in the balcony area.
Renovations are expected to continue through May 2011. During this time, the swimming pool will be closed, but all other areas of Kempsville Recreation Center will remain open for use. Additional swimming classes will be offered at Bayside and Bow Creek Recreation Centers. Kempsville's swim team will practice at Bayside Recreation Center. And while Kempsville's pool is undergoing renovations, Bow Creek Recreation Center's pool will open at 6:30 am, Monday through Friday, to accommodate early morning swimmers.
Details about the progress of the renovations, including photos, will be posted to For more information about the project, contact Teri Dalone, Aquatic Unit Coordinator, at 385-0049 or
Summer Boating Safety Tips
Man with Life VestAbout 700 Americans die each year in recreational boating accidents and a majority of those accidents occur in the summer months. With an increase of boaters taking to the water with sun tanning, water skiing and cruising on their minds, they forget about safety. Here are some important boating safety tips to follow to help keep you and others safe while on the water.
Pack It

Lifejackets save lives. Use Coast Guard- approved lifejackets for yourself and your passengers when boating and fishing. Also note that it is very difficult to put on a lifejacket from in the water. Wear your lifejackets while boating so if danger strikes you will be ready.
Learn to Swim
Learning to swim is one of the best things you can do to help stay safe around the water. Our recreation centers offer American Red Cross swimming classes that can help a variety of participants learn to swim.
Have a Plan

Notify a responsible person of the details of your boating trip: where you plan to go while boating and when they can expect you back. This precaution will help to alert the person notified of your delay in return and help can be sent.
Watch the Weather

Know weather conditions for the day of your trip. Watch local news reports to make sure storms are not in the weather forecast. Stop boating or seek shelter as soon as you hear or see a storm.
Alcohol + Boating = Increased Drowning Risk

Alcohol is one of the leading contributory causes of drowning while boating. Over 50 percent of drowning occurrences resulted from boating incidents involving alcohol. Alcohol impairs your judgment, balance and coordination causing an inability to operate a boat safely.
Stay safe, have fun and happy boating!
Sources: American Red Cross, American Boating Association
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
Great Neck Recreation Center will be closed August 30 through September 5 for maintenance.
All Community Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed September 6 for Labor Day.
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed beginning September 7 for renovations. Reopening is expected in May 2011. 

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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