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Aquatics Newsletter | June 2011 |

Lobby Renovations Underway 


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Front desk at Princess Anne (before)

The lobbies at Bayside, Great Neck and Princess Anne Recreation Centers are being renovated to improve traffic flow and provide a single front desk area complete with a scanning station. Also, the window by the pool office will be changed to make it easier for you to speak with the aquatics staff.


If you've been to Bayside lately, you've surely noticed that renovations have begun at this center. Once complete, Great Neck's lobby will be renovated; we anticipate this work will begin in July. Princess Anne's lobby will be renovated upon completion of Great Neck and work is anticipated to begin in September.

The renovations will change the flow of traffic to improve customer service and safety, and will clearly direct customers to the front desk area. The doors at the entrance will be replaced with sliding doors that are better suited to high traffic. Lighting and seating in the lobby will also be improved, with additional seating at the pool spectator area. A layout of the new floor plan is available here.


The recreation centers will be operating as normal during these renovations, with classes and programs scheduled as usual. Safety of our customers is our primary concern; at times, customers may need to walk through a construction tunnel to access other areas of the recreation center.
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Pool Events

7/8 | Float-a-Rama | Seatack

7/15 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne

7/15 | Movie in the Pool | Bow Creek
7/17 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne

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Space Available in Summer Camp Add-On Swim Lessons


If your child is attending summer camp at one of our recreation centers, you can add a week of swim lessons before or after camp for just $30! Lessons are 45 minutes in length and we welcome swimmers of all abilities. Classes are designed to improve your child's swimming proficiency and knowledge of water safety. View dates and times available here. Register in person at any recreation center. 

Kempsville's Pool is OPEN!


Kempsville PoolAfter an extensive renovation over the course of nearly nine months, Kempsville's pool reopened at the end of May.


A heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system was installed to dehumidify and condition the air, energy efficient windows were installed, the pool's holding tank was replaced, the fiberglass pool shell was replaced with a plaster shell, and the railings on the pool deck and in the balcony area were replaced.

Swimming lessons and water fitness classes have resumed and so far, the feedback about the renovations has been very positive.


Check out a video of the Aqua Muscles and Moves class (pictured above) in the renovated pool at Kempsville.

Opening the Door for Youth Volunteer Opportunities 


Junior LifeguardThe Junior Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Aide programs offer volunteer opportunities to youth who really want to get involved in our aquatics programs. Volunteer hours as a WSI Aide and/or Junior Lifeguard will offer youth experience and a seat in a Water Safety Instructor and/or Lifeguard Training course for a reduced fee once the age requirements are met. The programs' objectives are to offer a system in which youth may enter the environment of water safety and/or swim instruction and build knowledge as they mature. 

Junior Lifeguarding is for youth age 10-14 looking for an on-ramp to becoming a lifeguard. Elementary forms of water rescue and skills are introduced and practiced to assist lifeguard staff. Participants' swimming skills must exceed Level 4 of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program. Participants must pass eligibility swim including 25 meters of front crawl, treading water for 1 minute and swimming underwater for 10 feet. The first class is being offered this week, but space remains in the July class:

Great Neck | M, W & F | July 18 - July 27 from 5:30-8:30 pm | $30 |  #100905 

The Water Safety Instructor Aide Mentor Program is for young adults (age 10-15) wanting to become trained to assist Water Safety Instructors with teaching swimming lessons. Water Safety Instructor Aide candidates must have American Red Cross Level 4 swimming skills. Contact an aquatic supervisor at any of our recreation centers for course options. 

A Youth Volunteer Turned Employee 


BrandonFor the past two years, Brandon Guevara has spent his free time at the Princess Anne pool volunteering. Why would a young man, who two years ago was just 14 years old, want to volunteer at a pool?

You might say that swimming is in his blood. Since he was six years old, Brandon has been swimming competitively. He started as a Piranha on the recreation center's Winter Swim League. By age ten he joined the summer league at Club Brittany, and that fall began swimming year-round for Old Dominion Aquatic Club. He enjoyed being competitive, especially as he became faster, but he also really liked the opportunities to travel for swim meets and make new friends. Once eligible for the high school team, Brandon joined the Kellam Knights. For the 2010-11 swimming season, Brandon made the All-District Team for placing in the Beach District Meet, was the Regional Champion in the 400-Meter Freestyle event and won the MVP award at Kellam.

For all the time Brandon spent in the pool training, he wanted more. He started with a Junior Lifeguard class and was allowed to shadow a lifeguard on deck during summer camp. He thought it was pretty cool experiencing what lifeguards do. Brandon was also interested in helping with swimming lessons so he participated in the Water Safety Instructor Aide Mentorship. He loved being able to help instructors teach water skills to kids, and found that he was able to relate to the students. Once he turned 15, Brandon registered for the Lifeguarding course and earned his certification. It offered him a deeper understanding of the role and responsibilities of lifeguards. 

Now that Brandon is 16 years old, he's been hired as a lifeguard. In addition, his time as a volunteer earned him a special reward: he is able to register for the Water Safety Instructor (WSI) course for half price.  In June, Brandon will take part in the WSI course and he looks forward to being able to teach.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on Monday, July 4 for Independence 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.
We welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to email us at
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