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Aquatics Newsletter | May 2011 |
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Summer CatalogYour family will enjoy an active summer with Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation programs, classes and events! Check out our Summer Catalog for a complete listing of what's coming up! Registration for most programs begins June 4


Catch a Wave at Women's Surf Clinic! 


Woman SurfingLadies, do you want to learn to surf? Join us for a female only surf clinic! Learn how to paddle, stand and surf with other beginners at the beach at Little Island Park. Exercises, stretching, surf etiquette, wave selection and surf safety will also be covered. Boards and wetsuits will be provided.


Register soon as spaces are limited! Cost is $54.


Sunday, May 22, 9 - 11 am | Register!

Sunday, June 19, 9 - 11 am | Register! 

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FREE Water Safety Lessons for Mary Helen Thomas Day 


The American Red Cross of Southeastern Virginia Water Safety Committee is honoring the memory of Mary Helen Thomas by offering a free learn to swim day for youth age 4-12 on Sunday, June 12. Ten pools in the Hampton Roads area will be participating. Swim lesson scholarships and other prizes will be raffled off at each site. To register, please call the location of your choice before June 8:


11 am - 12:30 pm Lessons:Swim Lessons
Bayside Recreation Center: 460-7540
Bow Creek Recreation Center: 431-3765
Carolanne Farm Swim Club: 420-9523
Great Bridge Swim & Racquet Club: 482-4494
Green Run Clubhouse Pool: 499-5852
Norfolk State University: 926-9357
Portsmouth YMCA: 483-9622
Princess Anne Recreation Center: 426-0022

Seatack Recreation Center: 437-4858

1 pm - 2:30 pm Lessons:
Norfolk Community Beach Park: 441-1605

Mary Helen Thomas was a community leader who promoted water safety and learn-to-swim programs in the Hampton Roads area. She broke down racial barriers in the 1960's and was an inspiration and a hero.

Selecting the Right Personal Floatation Device 


Life JacketsThere are many different types of personal floatation devices (known as PFDs or life jackets) at the stores these days. It can be overwhelming when making the decision as to which one is best for you, your family, and even your pets. Here are a few tips for choosing the right fit:


  • Look for one that is United States Coast Guard approved
  • For adults, fit the PFD to your chest size. Specific women's fit PFDs are available as well.
  • Try the PFD on in the store and have someone lift it by the shoulder straps. If the PFD slips up over the chin or ears, try tightening the straps. If that doesn't help, it's too big.
  • If you are looking for a PFD for your child, look for one that fits now and not one that they will grow into. Youth PFDs are fit by weight, not chest size.


Whatever PFD you choose, the most important thing is to make sure you wear it! Learn more about selecting the right personal floatation device from

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, May 30 for Memorial Day.


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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