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Aquatics Newsletter | November 2011 |
Learning Through Exploration      


Father, Son Students in swimming lessons need time to explore what they have learned. Allowing time to play and swim at your local recreation center pool during open swim may help them to excel in swimming lessons. Playing in the pool will also build strength and stamina. Many only go to the pool for lessons, never getting any chance to practice the skills covered. Like with any other sport, practice makes perfect; so make it a family night and practice swimming together!


Check the pool calendars for open swim dates and times! 

Weight Room Exercises for Swimmers 


RowerSome days it's tough to get in a good swim workout. Whether the pool is busy, you're short on time, or the recreation center is closed, it's good to have some alternate exercises in mind that can be done outside of the pool. Check out this article for a swim-specific workout that you can do in the gym, or with some slight modifications in your own home. The workout will utilize many of the same muscles used while swimming and provides a good break from your routine.   


If you are looking for a custom weight routine to match your personal needs, sign up for personal training at one of our recreation centers. Our certified trainers will tailor a plan just for you! 

Pool Calendars

Pool Events
12/9 | Movie in the Pool: Muppets Christmas Carol | Bow Creek

12/11 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside

12/23 | Movie in the Pool: Christmas Story | Princess Anne  
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Get Ready for Some Competition!


Swimmers at Starting BlockIt's time again for a season of sizzling competition! The pools at Bayside, Great Neck & Princess Anne are host to a variety of swimming competitions including high school swimming, high school diving and our winter swim league.

The swimming competition consists of a mixture of individual swimming events and relays swum in one or more of the four competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Each stroke is swum in races whose distances vary from a short 25-meter sprint to a quarter of a mile (400 meters). The pools consist of eight lanes, each 25 meters in length, with up to eight swimmers battling for each race.

The diving competition consists of individual divers performing up to six dives each off a 1-Meter Springboard. Dives are categorized into five groups: forward, reverse, back, inward and twisting; and each dive may be performed in one of four positions: straight, pike, tuck and free. Each dive is rated for its degree of difficulty, ranging from 1.4 for a straight forward dive to 3.6 for a forward twisting pike performed with 2 somersaults and 2 twists.

Swimming and diving competitions generate energy and excitement in the pools, so stop by and get in on the action! View the competition schedules for Bayside, Great Neck & Princess Anne for meet dates and times.
Entertaining for the Holidays?       


Do you have family coming in town for the holidays? Wondering what to do for entertainment? Bring them with you to the recreation center! Day passes are available for $5/day for youth and $7/day for adults. Fun packs of 10 are available for a discounted rate. A day pass provides access to all areas of the recreation center, including the pool!  

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


The pool at Seatack Recreation Center will be closed for renovations until late November. 


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on November 24-25 for Thanksgiving. 

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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