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Aquatics Newsletter | March 2012 |
Get Prepped for a Great Summer Job 


LifeguardBecome a certified lifeguard or water safety instructor just in time for summer pool openings! Our recreation centers offer Lifeguard Training, Lifeguard Training Instructor and Water Safety Instructor courses that offer certification by the American Red Cross upon successful completion. Whether you want to become a lifeguard or help others get certified, get trained now! Age and eligibility requirements, along with course details, are available at the links or in our Spring Catalog.

Do your summer plans involve supervising children in or around water? Consider taking a Basic Water Rescue course to provide you with the knowledge of how to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. This course is offered in a single three-hour session to those age 12 & up and is ideal for day care providers, babysitters and pool owners.


If your child (age 10-14) is looking for the on-ramp to lifeguarding, we also offer Junior Lifeguard classes. Through classroom and pool instruction, youth can learn to assist lifeguard staff.

Register for these classes online using the links above or in person at any Virginia Beach Recreation Center.

Already a certified lifeguard? Apply for a lifeguard position with the City at
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Staff Recognized by Virginia Lifeguard Association


LifebeltMembers of the Bow Creek Recreation Center Aquatic Staff were recently recognized by the Virginia Lifeguard Association for two team efforts: one to assist a woman who suffered a seizure in the locker room, and another for rescuing a male patron who seized in the pool and submerged. Thanks to the quick response by our aquatic staff members, both patrons are now doing fine.
Team members Jeremy Haywood, Bonita Teaford, AJ White, Julie Batakis, Andrew Sweeney and Karina Montes received the 2011 Virginia Lifeguarding Association Water Rescue and Medical Response Commendation. Congratulations on a job well done!

Be Sun Safe Year Round  


Sun ProtectionSpring has certainly arrived in Virginia Beach and we've been lucky enough to enjoy some beautiful sunny days. Remember that even though we're just beginning spring, you still need to take steps to protect yourself from the sun. While sunburns are often talked about at the start of summer, sunburn can happen any time of the year. The best way to prevent sunburn is to know how to protect you and your family from the sun. Here are some tips from the American Cancer Society:


1. Cover up. Wear clothing to protect as much skin as possible. Keep in mind that if you can see through a fabric, UV rays can get through too.


2. Use sunscreen. Be sure to read the label, apply generously and reapply as directed. Use SPF 30 at a minimum or go higher for increased protection.


3. Wear a hat. A hat with a 2- to 3-inch brim all around is ideal because it protects areas such as the ears, eyes, forehead, nose, and scalp that are often exposed to intense sun.


4. Wear sunglasses. Ideal sunglasses should block 99-100% of UV rays. Look for labels that say "UV absorption up to 400 nm" or "Meets ANSI UV Requirements." 


5. Limit exposure. UV rays are strongest when the sun is high in the sky, usually between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm. 


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Push Your Limits with Group Swimming Workouts   


Adult SwimNeed a little push in the pool? It's easy to get too comfortable in your workouts when you are by yourself. Push your limits by joining others for an Adult Swim Workout under the guidance of an experienced and trained swim coach. Whether your goal is to get fit or train for a triathlon, these structured workouts will help you with stroke improvement and training techniques for a variety of strokes.


These drop-in classes are for the avid lap swimmer (age 18 & up) who can swim 100 meters continuous freestyle. Cost: 4 punches on a Group Fitness punch card. Join us!


Great Neck | Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays | 7:45 - 8:45 am
Great Neck | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 7:00 - 8:00 am
Seatack | Mondays & Wednesdays | 6:30 - 7:30 pm 

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers will be closed on April 8 for Easter. 

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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