Catch a Wave at Women's Surf Clinics!
Saturday, June 1 or Sunday, June 2 | 9 am - 11 am | Little Island Park
Ladies, 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. We're offering clinics on Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 9 - 11 am. Exercises, stretching, surf etiquette, wave selection and surf safety will also be covered. Boards and wetsuits will be provided. Check off a bucket list item and ride a wave! Cost per session is $54. Spaces are quickly filling, so register now!
FREE Water Safety Lessons for Mary Helen Thomas Day
Saturday and Sunday, June 8 & 9 | Times and Locations Vary
The American Red Cross of Coastal Virginia's Water Safety Committee is honoring the memory of Mary Helen Thomas by offering a free learn to swim day for youth age 4-12 on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. Several pools in the Hampton Roads area, including many of our recreation centers, will be participating. Swim lesson scholarships and other prizes will be raffled off at each site. To register, please call the location of your choice before June 3:
Saturday, June 8
10 am - 11:30 am:
* Timberlake Windsor Oak Pool, 933 Windsor Oaks Blvd in Virginia Beach: 499-5852
11 am - 12:30 pm:
* Portsmouth YMCA
, 4900 High Street West in Portsmouth: 483-9622
Sunday, June 9
10 am - 11:30 am:
* Norfolk Community Beach Park, 700 East Ocean View in Norfolk: 420-9523
Mary Helen Thomas was a community leader who promoted water safety and learn-to-swim programs in the Hampton Roads area for more than 50 years. She received many awards throughout her career, and was recognized for her role in breaking down racial barriers within the swimming community in the 1960s.
Swim Tip: Butterfly Pull
Butterfly is a whole body stroke, meaning that it engages all of your body's large muscle groups including your core, hips, legs, shoulders and arms. If you are having trouble getting your arms out of the water for the recovery, try rolling your shoulders back when your hands are at your hips. This will enable you to get higher out of the water and make bringing your arms forward, as well as breathing, easier.