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Aquatics Newsletter | July 2012 |
Win a $100 VBPR Gift Certificate!

Enter Our Photo Contest by July 23   

I Love VBPR!

Get creative and show us why you heart Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation! Snap a photo showcasing one of VBPR's programs, parks, facilities or events while incorporating a heart symbol. 

Submit your photo through our Facebook app. Be sure to include the location of the photo and a brief description during submission and then get your friends and family to vote for your photo!


The entry with the most votes wins a $100 Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation gift certificate which can be used towards membership, classes, personal training and more! Second and third place winners will receive a $50 and $25 gift certificate respectively.

Snap a photo (including a heart), upload and get votes to win!


Save the Date! Fall Catalog & Registration Available August 11


Our Fall Programs & Activities Catalog will be available online at 9 am on Saturday, August 11 with registration for these programs beginning at the same time. Some of the programs that will be in the catalog and available for registration on August 11 include Winter Youth Swim League, Pre-Season Conditioning for High School Swim League, and Youth Competitive Swim Clinics.

Be sure to mark your calendar for Saturday, August 11 as some of these classes fill quickly! Registration is available online or in person at any recreation center.

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Pool Events
7/22 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne


8/8 | Float-a-Rama | Princess Anne


8/10 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck


8/12 | Float-a-Rama | Great Neck


8/18 | Float-a-Rama | Bow Creek

8/22 | Float-a-Rama | Bayside

8/24 | Movie in the Pool: Rio | Princess Anne
Friends are Free at All VB Rec Centers in July!

Swim LessonsAs part of our celebration of July as Parks & Recreation month, all Virginia Beach Recreation Center members can bring a friend to the rec center each day this month for FREE!

As long as they are accompanied by a member, friends can enjoy unlimited visits for the whole month! If your child has a membership, he/she can bring a friend along to enjoy the game room activities, swimming pool and gymnasium. The child's parent or guardian will need to sign the Liability Release on the
Day Pass Application in order to utilize the facility, so be sure to have this completed ahead of time.


Adults are encouraged to bring a friend as well! Plan a workout together or go for a swim. Friends can also participate in group fitness classes by using a group fitness sampler or with the purchase of a punch card.
Lessons Emphasize Progressive Swimming


LessonsChildren are not like peas in a pod. They vary when it comes to learning to swim. Swimming skills are being learned in a new environment (water) and require lots of practice. The American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program is divided into separate levels from 1-5. When a child completes all the skills in one level, he or she is ready to move to the next level. Emphasis in our swim program is on student progress. We will teach your child to progress in their swimming technique and will move them onto the next level of instruction when they have demonstrated the skills and maturity necessary to handle the next level class. 

At the end of the session, each child will receive a progress report to let you know what was accomplished within the progression and what skills still require practice. It is not uncommon for a child to repeat a level several times before moving on to the next level. Participants are encouraged to attend open swim and sign up for additional lessons to improve their swimming skills. Like any other sport, you get better at it as you practice. It is also important to remember that your child is improving and having FUN!

Register for lessons online using the links below:

Getting a Boost from Our Volunteers


Junior LifeguardsFor the City of Virginia Beach, the Office of Volunteer Resources promotes volunteerism within our government agencies to support the municipal services valued by citizens. With about 18,000 volunteers throughout the organization, it takes alot of coordination from certified Volunteer Resource Managers in each department. The Aquatic Unit is pleased to congratulate Jennifer Le Blanc for becoming a certified Volunteer Resource Manager.


For the past fiscal year, Aquatics benefitted from 3,758 hours of volunteer time! For Aquatics, the bulk of volunteers consist of family members assisting during competitive league events and a core of youth trained as Water Safety Aides and Junior Lifeguards. In addition to her regular job duties, Jennifer trains, schedules, supervises and counsels these youth volunteers. She naturally falls into the role of mentor and encourages others to establish similar relationships with local youth. Jennifer's commitment to the volunteer program has enhanced the experience each of our volunteers, which helps us provide better services to patrons using our pools. 
Interested in becoming a volunteer for Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation?
Opportunities are listed on our Volunteer webpage along with the point of contact for each area.
Clinics Introduce Kids to Water Polo


Water PoloGive your son or daughter a chance to try something new! Our Water Polo Clinics will teach the rules of the game, strategy, and the basic techniques needed to play water polo. If your child likes baseball, soccer and swimming, then they will like water polo. Participants must be ages 10 to 17, and must be comfortable swimming in the deep end. The cost is $10.   


Water Polo Clinics

Friday, July 20 | 6-7 pm | Bayside
Friday, August 17 | 6-7 pm | Princess Anne

To register, please visit any recreation center, or you can register online through EZreg with your barcode and PIN.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers and Owl Creek Tennis Center will be closed on September 3 for Labor 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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