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Aquatics Newsletter | October 2010 |
Record Breaking News!

Masters SwimmersUniversity of Maryland in College Park buzzed with excitement August 21-22 as US Masters Swimming hosted the Colonies Zone Championship meet. This meet was especially exciting for our local Virginia Beach Masters Coach, Betsy Durrant.

During the meet, Betsy was part of a foursome that smashed a FINA World Masters Record in the Women's 280-319 400 and 800 freestyle relays. The foursome of Betsy Durrant, Laura Walker, Johnnie Detrick and Beth Schreiner clocked a time of 6:07.55 in the 400 freestyle relay, breaking the former record of 6:45.18 set by Big S Yokohama in June in Japan. The foursome also smashed the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 13:43.35, lowering the 14:58.34 set by the Spencer Swim Team from Great Britain in June. Way to go!

Want to join Betsy's masters class? We offer two practice locations on different days to help meet the demands of your busy schedule. Betsy will help you master the skills of swimming, whether your goal is to get fit, enter a masters meet or train for a triathlon. The structured workout will help you with stroke improvement and training techniques for a variety of strokes. This class is for the avid lap swimmer (18 and up) who can swim 100 meters continuous freestyle and costs three punches on a Group Fitness punch card.

Great Neck: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:45 - 8:45 am
Seatack: Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Enjoy Free Movies in the Pool

Try a new twist on traditional family fun - watch a movie in the pool! Movies are shown on a jumbo inflatable screen and there's no additional cost - just show up, float on a noodle, and enjoy the movie. Check out the schedule of movies listed under Pool Events, or here.

The next movie that will be shown is Halloweentown on October 22 at Seatack. The movie begins at 6 pm, but arrive early to enter a drawing for a Family Four Pack of tickets to the Monster Jam coming to the Hampton Coliseum on November 12 & 13. Prize is courtesy of FELD, Inc.

A valid membership or visitor pass is required to enter the pool and those under age 9 must be accompanied by someone age 16 or older in the water.

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10/29 | Movie in the Pool: Coraline | Princess Anne

11/12 | Movie in the Pool: Toy Story | Princess Anne

11/21 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck

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Aquatic Staff Trained as First Responders

Our aquatics staff have been trained as First Responders to assist with medical concerns within all areas of the recreation centers and can now administer oxygen to patrons who have a breathing emergency.

"During a breathing emergency, seconds count," says Teri Dalone, Aquatic and Therapeutic Recreation Coordinator. "Now our staff can give oxygen to those in need, while EMS is responding to the facility. We know this higher level of service will be of great value to those in need."

Our staff worked to make sure that the training and response protocols met the approval of the City's Emergency Medical Services staff. After approval was received from the Medical Director, staff received the American Red Cross Oxygen Administration training.
Holding Your Breath Too Long... What Could Happen?
Man Holding BreathWho can hold their breath underwater the longest? We have all heard that one before; most likely from the kids at the pool trying to play a game. You may also hear about breath holding while training for competitive swimming events, as athletes are constantly looking for techniques that give them the winning edge. There are two breath holding techniques popular with swimming - hyperventilation and hypoxic training - but what you need to know is that even the simplest breath holding game is dangerous. 

Hyperventilation is rapid, deep breathing done in an attempt to remain underwater for a longer period of time. This is a dangerous practice that may result in drowning. Hyperventilation does not increase the amount of oxygen or allow the swimmer to hold their breath longer; it lowers the amount of carbon dioxide in the body. It is the level of carbon dioxide that triggers you to breathe. Hyperventilation lowers the amount of CO2 in the body so low that the swimmer passes out before the brain has signaled its time to breathe. Without knowing, the swimmer takes a breath while underwater allowing water to rush into the lungs, therefore starting the drowning process.

Hypoxic training is low oxygen training and involves the reduction or elimination of breathing while training. It may involve breathing every five, seven or even nine strokes. It's believed that this type of training will increase the swimmer's speed, because breathing less creates less drag. What really happens when you do hypoxic training is that you breathe less often, not less oxygen, and this simply increases the level of carbon dioxide in the bloodstream. And the sole effect of that is you want to breathe. Hypoxic training familiarizes swimmers with the discomfort and stress of low oxygen and can discipline swimmers to keep strong techniques during the stress of a race. This training technique must be monitored carefully and swimmers should be instructed to breathe.
Some swimmers and coaches take hypoxic training to the extreme and combine the training with hyperventilation. Even children just playing at the pool test these limits by hyperventilating before breath-holding competitions to prolong their underwater endurance or swimming distance. This is a dangerous combination as it shuts off the trigger that tells you to take a breath. Any type of breath-holding technique may evolve into a dangerous and regrettable situation. It should not be implemented with any type of aquatic swim program. In addition, it should be prohibited in all lap, open, public or family swim sessions. While swimming in any Virginia Beach Recreation Center pool, the ruling is clearly stated in the Swimmers Responsibilities: For your personal safety, no hyperventilation, extended underwater swimming or breath holding is allowed.
Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

The pool at Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed through May 2011 for renovations. 

The pool at Bayside Recreation Center will be closed through October 20. The weight room will be closed through October 24 while the floor is replaced.

All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 11 for Veteran's 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.
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