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Aquatics Newsletter | May 2012 |
Catch a Wave at Women's Surf Clinics!

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. We've got just a few spaces left in each session, so register now!

May 19 or May 27 | 9 - 11 am | Little Island Park
What's for Breakfast?

BananaWith many swimmers hitting our pools as early as 6 am, finding time to eat before a workout can be tough. Unless you are a very early riser, you probably lack the time to eat a full breakfast prior to your swim. Forgoing any food before your swim can lead to poor performance. A morning snack followed by a normal breakfast post-swim can be a good way to refuel the body for early morning swimmers. Here are some suggestions for breakfast and recovery from
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5/20 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck
Free Water Safety Lessons - Mary Helen Thomas Style!
Saturday, June 9 | 12 - 1:30 pm | Several Virginia Beach Recreation Centers
Learn to Swim!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. Lessons will take place on Saturday, June 9 at select Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and on Sunday, June 10 at select Hampton Roads pools. Swim lesson scholarships and other prizes will be raffled off at each site. To register, please call the location of your choice before June 4.

June 9 | 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Bayside Recreation Center | 460-7540
Bow Creek Recreation Center | 431-3765
Kempsville Recreation Center | 474-8492
Seatack Recreation Center | 437-4858

June 10 | 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Carolanne Farm Swim Club | 420-9523
11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Great Bridge Swim & Racquet Club | 482-4494
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm | Norfolk Community Beach Park | 441-1605
1:30 pm - 3:00 pm | Portsmouth YMCA | 483-9622

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. Learn more about Mary Helen Thomas' inspirational story.
Learn to Swim This Summer!


Tiny BobbersJoin us for a session of swim lessons this summer and make the most of coastal living! Our programs are ideal for anyone who wants to enjoy the water safely, regardless of age or skill level.  


Tiny Bobbers with Adult Guardian (Age 1-3)
Make the first swimming experience with your child safe and fun. A participating adult guardian provides support and comfort as the child begins to learn water safety, water adjustment and swimming skills through activities and songs. Find a class!


Pre-School Paddlers (Age 4-5)
The Pre-School Paddlers program uses Level 1-3 of the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program in this lower student to instructor ratio program. Find a class!


American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program
  Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
  Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
  Level 3: Stroke Development
  Level 4: Stroke Improvement
  Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Learn to Swim Levels 1-3 (Ages 5-15) Find a class!

Learn to Swim Levels 4-5 (Ages 5-15) Find a class! 


M.I.L.E.S (Age 5-15)
(Momentum - Instruction - Lifeguard - Experienced - Swimmers) M.I.L.E.S. includes a variety of fitness, water safety and lifeguard preparation skills. This course will prepare swimmers for participation with high school swim teams, swim league and familiarize them with introductory water safety and lifeguarding skills in preparation for becoming a lifeguard. Find a class!


Learn to Swim - Adult (Age 16 & Up)

Learn to swim and get fit! This class includes both Learn to Swim skills for beginners and advanced workout/fitness techniques. Find a class!


Register now for any of these classes using the links above, or by visiting any recreation center.

Stay Safe In, On and Around the Water  


Summer is fast approaching. What better way to enjoy your summer than taking a refreshing dip into the water on a hot and sunny day! First things first though; you need to make sure it safe. The American Red Cross has provided some water safety tips for a variety of situations. Take a look and share with your family and friends to make sure your summer is safe and fun. 

Girl at BeachHome Pool Safety  

Choosing a Safe Place to Swim

How to Respond to a Water Emergency

Watching Children Around the Water

Water Safety in the Home

Choosing a Life Jacket 

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on May 28 for Memorial Day. 


The pool at Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed May 19 through June 17 for maintenance.

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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