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Aquatics Newsletter | April 2011 |
Save a Life: Learn Basic Water Rescue


Toddler Near PoolMay is Water Safety Month. According to the American Red Cross, drowning is the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14. With summer just around the corner, it's important to understand the risks of potential water hazards and how you can prevent them.


Taking a Basic Water Rescue class is a great way to gain valuable knowledge that can help you save a life. We recommend this course for those 12 years of age and older who may supervise children in, on or around the water, including day care providers. If you are involved with physical therapy, you may also be interested in this course.

The course provides you with information and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. It will also prepare you for aquatic emergencies by teaching you how to protect yourself while assisting others. Participants must be comfortable in chest deep water. Certification requirements: Attend all classes, demonstrate competency in water skills, pass final written test. Keep in mind, this course does not certify you as a lifeguard.


Courses offered this Spring (locations subject to change):


Saturday, May 14 from 12:30 - 4:30pm | Bow Creek | #99847 | $25
Sunday, May 22 from 12 - 4pm | Kempsville | #99848 | $25

For more information about water safety month including safe swimming tips, visit

Pool Calendars
4/20 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside

4/22 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne
5/8 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck

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Swim Clinic with Video Analysis Offered at Seatack 


Freestyle ClinicLearn how to swim faster with less effort by participating in a freestyle swim clinic featuring video analysis. You'll learn how to relax and find your balance, and how to effectively breathe in any condition. You'll also see yourself swim with before and after video sessions. Karlyn Pipes Neilsen, an experienced masters swimmer who holds over 208 masters world records, will lead this clinic.  


The Freestyle Swim Clinic with Video Analysis will be held for ages 18 and up at Seatack Recreation Center. Two sessions are available: Saturday, June 11 from 10 am - 2:30 pm or Sunday, June 12 from 12 pm - 4:30 pm.


Each clinic hosts twelve people. The clinic costs $160; membership or visitor pass is required. To register, please visit any Virginia Beach Recreation Center. 


For more information about Karlyn and her techniques, visit

What You Should Know About Swimmer's Ear 


EarSwimmer's ear is an infection of the outer ear. It doesn't matter how old you are, and it happens throughout the year regardless of whether you are on a swim team, taking lessons or having fun at a pool or other body of water. It can be a painful experience where knowledge and prevention may be the keys to helping protect you and your family. 

Swimmer's ear can occur if water remains in the ear canal for a long period of time, allowing bacteria to grow. However, swimming isn't the only way you get swimmer's ear. Damage to the lining of the ear canal from objects placed in the ear can also be the cause. 

What are the symptoms of swimmer's ear? The CDC states that swimmer's ear causes an itching or burning sensation in the ear. The ear may be red and swollen and may hurt when pulled or when the head is moved. Even though these may be considered mild symptoms, they should raise enough concern to be seen by a physician. Especially since untreated, the pain will increase and other complications may arise.


For more information about and how to prevent swimmer's ear, visit or  


Source: Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Sunday, April 24 for Easter.


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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