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Aquatics Newsletter | February 2011 |
Check Out Our Spring Catalog! 


CatalogIt's time to think Spring with our Spring Programs & Activities Catalog! Take a look inside for classes and programs that will have you and your family dancing, creating, swimming, getting fit and more!


You'll also find all of our youth summer camp information in this catalog. We're again offering add-on swimming lessons for participants in our summer camps. Registered campers can sign up for a week of 45 minute lessons for just $30.


Registration for most programs begins March 12. Summer camp registration starts March 22. registration for add-on lessons begins March 28.

Update on Kempsville Pool Renovations 


Filling the Pool

Filling the pool at Kempsville

The pool renovation project at Kempsville Recreation Center continues to progress, though there are still several pieces of the project left to be done. Among the main items are:


- Painting of the walls.

- Installation of new railings.

- Refurbishing the tiled landing area in front of the windows.

- Installation of the glass partitions in the pool observation area.

- Start-up of the new ventilation system.

- Remaining curing of the pool shell.


View additional construction photos here.

Pool Calendars

2/27 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck

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In-Service Training Helps Lifeguards Maintain Skills


In-Service Training

What is in-service training? In-service training is education for lifeguards that goes beyond the certification process to help them develop their skills. This training occurs on a monthly basis in our centers and offers our lifeguards the opportunity to prepare for aquatic emergencies by running drills that simulate real events. In addition to practicing life-saving skills, in-service trainings are also a time for conditioning and fun team building exercises. This helps keep lifeguard morale up and ensures the month's training is both exciting and challenging without feeling predictable. 


Pictured are some lifeguards from the Bayside and Kempsville Recreation Centers participating in an old-fashioned game of tug of war using a parachute. This exercise isn't just for fun though. While it's a great team-building activity, it's also physically challenging, as participants are treading water the entire time. 

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack or Stroke 


Hands Making HeartDid you know that February is American Heart Month? According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is our nation's number one killer. It's important to become educated about the warning signs and symptoms so you can help protect yourself and others from falling victim to this disease.

Warning signs of a heart attack:

  • Chest discomfort: Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the chest that lasts more than a few minutes, or the pain comes and goes. It can feel like pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body: Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath: May occur with or without chest pain or discomfort.
  • Additional signs: Cold sweats, nausea or lightheadedness.

Warning signs of a stroke:

  • Numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
  • Trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • Severe headache with no known cause

If you experience any of the above signs or symptoms, call 9-1-1 or get to the nearest hospital quickly. The faster advanced medical care is received, the better the chances of survival. 


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Source: American Heart Association

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


Bow Creek Recreation Center will be closed February 28 through March 6 for maintenance.


Seatack Recreation Center will be closed March 14-20 for maintenance.


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.
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