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Aquatics Newsletter | December 2010 |
Preview Our Winter Catalog! 


Don't get stuck on the couch this winter! Relieve that holiday stress by taking an exciting class or participating in a new activity. Take a look at the Winter Catalog and plan ahead! Registration begins Saturday, January 8 at 9 am.

5 Tips to Fend Off the Holiday Pounds 


CookiesThe holidays are here and it's no mystery why people gain weight. With indulgences at every turn it can be almost impossible to resist the temptation of holiday treats, but by following these simple tips you can help prevent packing on those holiday pounds.


1. Stick With It | Don't let the holiday craziness get you off track. Plan workouts into your schedule and stick with them. Staying active will help keep those holiday pounds off and keep you in a great mood.


2. Don't Skip Breakfast | Make it a point to have a high-carbohydrate, low-fat breakfast and you will be more likely to lose the weight and keep the weight off.


3. Drink Plenty of Water | Drinking water will help control your appetite and prevent you from overeating. By filling up on water prior to the party, you are less likely to overeat.


4. Don't Deprive Yourself | It's the holidays and you deserve that cookie, so have one. Just remember to consume the sweets and food in moderation. One cookie won't do much harm, but a whole pie will.


5. Watch Alcohol Intake | Limit alcohol consumption to reduce the amount of empty calories consumed during the holidays. The average alcoholic drink contains 150-200 calories per glass. Not only does alcohol pack a lot of empty calories, but over consumption can lead to poor decisions at the buffet table.

Pool Calendars

12/12 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside


12/17 | Movie in the Pool: Elf | Bow Creek

1/16 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne

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Take the Masters Postal Swim Challenge!


Postal SwimAre you a swimmer who's not ready to compete in a swim meet, but wants a challenge? Then come out and try the Masters Annual One Hour Postal Swim. The Postal Swim is a United States Masters Swimming (USMS) event in which participants swim for one hour with their local Masters group. Masters groups from around the country will also participate on a given date in the month of January. It's a low-key, no pressure event; your goal is to swim as far you can in one hour.


Those who are registered with USMS are eligible to complete and mail in an entry form to compete against the other swimmers doing this same event. The top 10 finishers among all entries in each age group will receive USMS long course medals. The event will take place at Great Neck Recreation Center on Saturday, January 15 beginning at 1:30 pm. One hour swims will start at 1:35 pm, 2:35 pm and 3:35 pm. Please note: All participants are asked to aid in lap counting either before or after their swim.


It's easy to sign up! Participants should contact the Great Neck Rec Center Aquatic Staff (496-6766) to sign up for a specific swim time, or arrive early to reserve a spot in your preferred time. The cost for participation is $4 or four punches on a Fitness Punch Card; an Unlimited Pass may also be used.

The Swim Test Unmasked


Swim TestWhat is the swim test? Why do I have to take it? These are questions that you may have heard, or even thought, while at a rec center pool. The deep water swim test is a water confidence test given to all community participants who wish to swim beyond the shallow swimming area. The swim test demonstrates the minimum level of swimming ability required for safe deepwater swimming.  


In our pools, patrons must be able to swim without assistance or use of floatation devices when using deep water. If a patron's swimming ability is in doubt, then he or she will be asked to perform and satisfactorily complete the following swim test:


1. Jump into deep water from end of the pool; surface tread water for 20 seconds and then level off onto front;

  • The swimmer must be able to make an abrupt entry into deep water, submerge and resurface. Treading water will test your ability to keep your head above the water on your own accord without any aids. 

2. Swim on front (non-stop) to the lifeline under control while using a rhythmic breathing pattern.

  • The swimmer must be able to level off and cover the distance from the wall to lifeline with a strong, confident stroke. Dog-paddling and underwater swimming is not permitted. Any strong breaststroke or front crawl stroke is acceptable. The rhythmic breathing demonstrates that you are able to put your face back in the water after taking a breath.
From Swim League Competitor to Coach


DanielleDanielle Weier has been a water baby her entire life. Being in the water makes her happy, so at the age of seven she joined the Winter Swim League at Princess Anne. She worked hard during practice to master the competitive strokes, though the butterfly eluded her. She found competing against her friends to be fun, and they all enjoyed seeing each other improve. She swam with the league until high school and then made the team at Kellam.


After high school, Danielle's interest moved from the pool to the ocean where she became an avid surfer. She describes her experiences in the ocean as freeing, a chance to let everything go. The following summer she was awarded an amazing opportunity to teach surfing lessons for Parks and Recreation. She relished the job of sharing the one thing she loves with others, helping them learn and develop an appreciation for surfing.


Danielle's supervisors saw something special in her and recommended she take the Water Safety Instructor course. She says she was very motivated to teach because she truly enjoys helping people overcome their fears of the water. After gaining experience as a swim instructor, she transitioned into the Therapeutic Recreation swim program. Danielle felt a thrill of excitement each time she saw the joy on her swimmer's faces. She particularly appreciated the unique perspective she gained from swimmers learning to swim with physical disabilities.


Today Danielle has made it through another milestone in aquatics: she has become a coach for the Winter Swim League. She loves being a coach. She understands their nervousness and works with them to improve. She has even mastered the butterfly and now loves teaching it to her swimmers.  During meets she is their biggest cheerleader and savors their expressions of accomplishment at the end of a hard swim. Her advice to the next generation of water babies? "Just keep swimming, even if it's tough, keep your head in it and do it!"

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center, parks & park facilities will be closed on December 24, 25 & 31 and January 1.


All Virginia Beach Municipal Golf Courses will be closed on December 25.


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