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Aquatics Newsletter | September 2012 |
Lessons for Young Swimmers?


Tiny BobberParent and child swimming lessons are a great bonding experience and they can help your child feel more comfortable in water as they grow. To assist with this, we offer a class called Tiny Bobbers. This is a class for parents and their children ranging in age from 1 to 3 years. Parents learn how to provide support and comfort as children learn water safety, water adjustment and swimming skills. Lessons are offered throughout the year at all of the recreation centers. Here's what you can expect in this class:

* Approximately 10 infants per certified instructor
* 30-minute classes to avoid infants and young children getting chilled
* An instructor who focuses on fun and safety (Remember we are not teaching infants to swim, but to get comfortable in the water.)  


Once a child reaches age 4 or 5, they are ready to engage in more progressive swimming skills. At this point, it's advantageous for parents to watch from the viewing area rather than participate in the water with the child. We offer lessons for 4 and 5 year olds called Preschool Paddlers. In this class, you can expect:

* Approximately 8 children per certified instructor
* An instructor in the water, physically showing your child what to do
* 1 or 2 new skills per lesson

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Kids Have Fun While Parents Work Out!


Kids Play Finding the time to work out just got a little easier for parents! Several of our recreation centers now offer supervised play time for kids while parents hit the pool or use the fitness rooms.


Visit any of the centers below on the designated days and times and just sign your child into the program while you go work out. A membership card is required for both parent and child.


Great Neck | Mon | 5 - 7 pm | Age 3 & up


Princess Anne | Mon - Fri | 6 - 8 pm | Age 3-5


Williams Farm (begins in Nov.) | Mon - Fri | 5 - 8 pm | Age 3-6


Important note: Parents, you must remain in the building while your child enjoys these playtime activities. Child must be toilet trained.
Pool at Williams Farm is Like No Other!

Williams Farm Ribbon Cutting: Friday, October 26 | 4 pm | 5252 Learning Circle


Williams Farm PoolWilliams Farm Recreation Center will officially open its doors Friday, October 26 with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 pm. This innovative recreation center is like nothing you've seen before! We've worked with the community to design all aspects of this center. From the teen multimedia room, to the expanded fitness areas and suspended track overlooking the gymnasium and pool, this recreation center is sure to impress! Let's take a closer look at the indoor swimming pool and its many features. The pool offers something for everyone with a focus on fun!


Current Channel: Water walkers will love the Aqua Track. You can walk against the current for a challenge or just go with the flow for a more relaxing experience. 


Lap Lanes: For those who wish to swim laps or take lessons, the pool has three 25-yard lap lanes.


Indoor Water Playground: For the little ones, the indoor water playground with slides and water play features is sure to be a hit. Come by and see if they can figure out how to slow the water down. 


Pool Slide: For older kids and adults, we've got the Tidal Surge, a 156-foot curving slide which towers up 23 feet and twists outside the building before returning into the pool!


Aquatic Rock Climbing Wall: Climb to new heights on the 13-foot high aquatic climbing wall, Mount Williams.


Lounge Seating Area: Enjoy the pool while your child plays! You won't want to hang on the sidelines when we've got built-in seating right there in the pool.


Lastly, on those hot days, try the outdoor sprayground. There are play features for kids and adults to enjoy during the summer months.


Check out more photos of Williams Farm Recreation Center, Park and Skate Park.

Can You Improve Your Fitness in Just 60 Seconds?


According to a recent study at Abertay University in Scotland, the answer is yes! Participants were asked to complete a 10K cycle on a stationary bike as fast as possible. They were then split into two groups: one would perform three sessions of high-intensity training (HIT) per week while the other would remain a control group.


The HIT group was asked to cycle all out for six seconds then rest for one minute, repeating the cycle 10 times. They completed a total of just 60 seconds of exercise per session and did this three times per week.


After just two weeks, all participants were again asked to complete the 10K cycle as fast as possible. All those who had done the high-intensity training finished 10% faster than their previous times.

Read more about the science behind the reported success of this study.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project. Expected re-opening is September 2014. 
Kempsville Recreation Center will be closed September 24-30 for annual maintenance.
Princess Anne Recreation Center will be closed October 8-14 for annual maintenance. The pool will remain closed through October 21.


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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