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Aquatics Newsletter | May 2013 |
May is Water Safety Month


Boy at BeachSummer is just around the corner and Memorial Day kicks off a host of water-related activities. Beaches and pools will be full of people of all ages and swimming abilities enjoying the water. Start this summer off on the right foot. Take advantage of all the resources available to you to learn about water safety. You never know when you might be called up to help someone in need.


Our own Aquatic Coordinator, Teri Dalone, was a guest columnist for the Parent Connection, a Virginia Beach City Public Schools newsletter. Read her article on Water Safety here.


Also, check out for a listing of water safety tips, back yard pool safety and swimming rules. Let's all enjoy a safe and happy summer!

Sprayground is Now Open!


SpraygroundAfter a long winter, it's finally heating up outside! We're happy to offer a new way for your family to cool off with the sprayground at Williams Farm Recreation Center, now open for the season!


Sprayground hours:

Monday - Friday | 11:30 am - 8 pm

Saturday | 9 am - 4:30 pm

Sunday | 11 am - 4:30 pm


A recreation center membership or day pass is needed to access the sprayground. We want to ensure safe play for all visitors, so please review the sprayground rules for use.

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Catch a Wave at Women's Surf Clinics!

Saturday, June 1 or Sunday, June 2 | 9 am - 11 am | Little Island Park

Female SurfersLadies, 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


Swim LessonsThe 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
12:30 pm - 2 pm:
* Seatack Recreation Center, 141 S. Birdneck Road in Virginia Beach: 437-4858
* Williams Farm Recreation Center, 5252 Learning Circle in Virginia Beach: 385-2950
Sunday, June 9 
10 am - 11:30 am: 
* Norfolk Community Beach Park, 700 East Ocean View in Norfolk: 420-9523 
1 pm - 2:30 pm:
* Kempsville Recreation Center, 800 Monmouth Lane in Virginia Beach: 474-8492
* Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway in Virginia Beach: 426-0022
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.

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project.
All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and admin offices will be closed on Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day. Parks will be open!

Don't forget that your membership is good at all 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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