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Aquatics Newsletter | September 2010 | VBgov.com/Parks
A Swimming Success Story
 
Private LessonsImagine a glorious summer day, with the sun high in the sky and the family gathered in the backyard at Grandma's house. The lazy days of summer don't get much better than that, until five-year old Zoe falls off a bulkhead into the water. Her dad is by her side in an instant, but what he finds there is unexpected. Zoe has not panicked.
 
In the beginning, Zoe was not comfortable having water in her face, even in the shower. Her mom signed her up for a Tiny Bobbers swim class and the two attended together for an entire session, but Zoe was extremely clingy. She did not want to participate; the group setting was overwhelming to her. Despite her parents' efforts, Zoe was not enjoying the water or learning safe behavior, so they decided to try a new approach. They enrolled Zoe in private swim lessons at Princess Anne Recreation Center.
 
On her first day, Zoe was shy and timid according to her swim instructor, Lee. Lee recalls that she and Zoe worked on breath control, trying to exhale out of her nose versus holding her nose with her fingers when she went underwater. In no time, Zoe began to enjoy her weekly swim dates with Lee. Her parents were persistent and worked hard to reinforce Zoe's learning outside of lessons.
 
The hard work paid off on that summer day by the bulkhead. Zoe has learned many swimming and water safety skills, which have helped her become confident in her own abilities. She is able to have fun in the water and is willing to try new things. She has learned to swim the front and back crawl, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and butterfly, as well as passing the deep end test. Lee remarks that one way to motivate Zoe is to engage her imagination and make the skills fun, like a game.
 
And what does Zoe think of all this? In her own words: "Swimming is so much fun! When I do my mermaid kick, I feel just like a mermaid! When I do my frog kick, I feel just like a frog! When I swim with my arms, I feel like a fish...who has arms (she laughs). If I ever fall in the water, I will swim back up and call for help."
 
Interested in private swimming lessons? Lessons are available for children age four and up, teens and adults. Specialized coaching or training for triathlons, diving and preparation for lifeguard courses is also available for those age 12 and up. Call or visit any recreation center for details.

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Are You Ready for a Hurricane? Get Prepared!
 
A hurricane is coming, now what? If you are one of the many Eastern Atlantic residents that have yet to plan for a hurricane, now is the time. Get prepared by following these simple steps.
 
1. Have an Emergency Supply Kit
The kit should include: non-perishable food, water, a battery-operated or hand-cranked radio, flashlights and batteries. You should also prepare a portable kit that can be located in your car and holds the following items:
  • Copies of important documents: driver's license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, etc.
  • Copies of prescription medications and first aid kit
  • Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows.
  • Maps
  • Non-perishable food, water and pet food
Family Plan2. Make a Family Emergency Plan
An emergency plan will help to establish a plan to help contact, locate and evacuate your family. Your plan should include the following points:
  • Identify ahead of time a family meeting place
  • It may be easier to contact a long distance number than to call a local number, so have a long distance family member be the main contact to check in with if your family gets separated.
  • Plan to Evacuate 
    • Have a location to evacuate to
    • If you have a car, keep a half tank of gas in it at all times
    • Take your Emergency Supply Kit
    • Take your pets with you, but remember not all shelters allow pets
3. Be Informed
Make sure you stay informed and educated on the possible dangers of the hurricane. Familiarize yourself with the conditions and risks that are associated with a hurricane.
Make a plan to prepare your home. Cover all windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds.
  • Remove all objects from outside your house that could become a moving hazard.
  • Ensure a supply of water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets. Fill the bathtub and other large containers with water.
Get the Competitive Edge!
 
SwimmerCompetitive Swim Clinics, Ages 6-17
These one-hour clinics are for participants who are interested in improving stroke technique and/or starts and turns. Five clinic types are being offered: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and starts and turns. Swimmers must be able to swim one length of the pool (25 meters/yards) using a good basic crawl stroke with rhythmic breathing in order to participate.
 
Pre-Season Training for High School Swimmers, Ages 13-18
Aspiring and returning high school swimmers can jumpstart the competitive season by attending these conditioning practices. A trained coach provides a structured workout as well as drills for improving technique. Participants must be enrolled in at least the 9th grade to be eligible, and must be able to swim 100m of freestyle. Each workout is $4 or 3 punches from a Group Fitness Punch Card; a valid membership or visitor pass is also required. Training sessions will be offered:
 
Bayside | Mon and Wed | 6-7 pm (10/25 & 10/27 only)
Bayside | Mon and Wed | 3-4 pm (begins 11/1)
Great Neck | Mon and Wed | 3:30-4:30 pm (begins 9/20)
Princess Anne | Tue and Thu | 3:30-4:30 pm (begins 10/5)
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures
 
The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations. 
 
The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed through October 3 for maintenance.
 
Bayside Recreation Center will be closed October 11-17 for maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 20.

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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