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Aquatics Newsletter | June 2013 |
Staycation with Parks & Rec!


Pool MovieTrying to plan some summer activities for the family? You don't have to bust your budget; we've got plenty of free and low-cost activities to make your summer memorable!


Spend some time outside at our parks, cool off at any of our community recreation centers and mark your calendars for our special events! Let us help you plan your staycation!

Swim Tip: Shoulder Rotation


TipsWhile swimming backstroke and freestyle, you should rotate your shoulders. Imagine your shoulders and hips are connected and can rotate in unison along the centerline of your body (spine and head). Your right shoulder and hip come up while your right arm is out of the water for recovery. This enables your left shoulder and hip to move down, giving you more strength during the power phase of the left arm's pull. As you move through the water, your shoulders and hips rotate in line with each other to prevent drag. No need to work harder than you have to!

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Free Passport to Water Safety Classes for Youth


Learning to SwimOpen to youth ages 5-10, Passport to Water Safety emphasizes the development of swimming skills, water exploration and water safety. Participants will be taught 20 minutes of water safety in the classroom, then head to the pool for swimming skills and fun water exploration for the remainder of the lesson. The program is held twice a week for four weeks at Seatack Recreation Center. This class is free, but your child will need a membership or day pass for each lesson. A limited number of spaces are available per session: 

July 9 - August 1 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10 - 11 am

August 6 - 29 | Tuesdays & Thursdays | 6 - 7 pm

For more info and to reserve your child's spot, call Seatack Rec Center at (757) 437-4858.

Know How to Be Safe Around Rip Currents 


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Virginia Beach is heating up and there's nothing like a dip in the ocean to cool down! As we all start heading out to the beach this summer, it's a good time for a reminder on how to stay safe when a rip current is present. 


A rip current is a strong current flowing away from shore, visible as a band of agitated water. They usually form at breaks in sandbars and near structures such as jetties or piers. Rip currents don't actually pull you under the water; they pull you away from shore, sometimes as fast as 8 feet per second. That means rip currents can sweep even the strongest swimmer away from the shoreline which is where fear, panic, exhaustion or lack of swimming skills can make for a very dangerous situation.
There are clues that a rip current might be present. Look for a channel of choppy water where there is a difference in color, or where sediment is churning. You may also notice a line of foam, seaweed or debris moving out to sea, or even a break in the incoming wave pattern.

Just like a treadmill uses an endless belt on which you can walk or run, a rip current has the same effect. No matter how fast or hard you move on the unstoppable treadmill, you are not able to get anywhere unless you step to the side. If you are caught in a rip current, remain calm so that you conserve energy and think clearly. Swim out of the current in a direction following the shoreline. Once you are out of the rip current, swim at an angle back to the shoreline. If you are unable to swim out of the current, float or tread water until the current ends, then begin your swim back to shore.

If you are can't reach the shore, draw attention to yourself by waving your arms and yelling for help. If you see someone in trouble, first get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, call 9-1-1. Do not swim out to them, because you may become a victim as well. Instead throw something that floats to them and yell instructions on how to escape.  


Rip currents account for 80% of rescues performed by surf beach lifeguards. In order to have a fun and safe experience at the beach, know how to swim, remain in an area with lifeguards and be cautious at all times!

Two for Tuesday Offered at All Rec Centers in July!


RunningAs part of our celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month this July, we're offering a Two for Tuesday special for our recreation center members. Each Tuesday in July, members can bring one guest to any recreation center for free! If you already know how much our recreation centers have to offer, this is the perfect time for you to introduce a friend to our amenities and services.


Bring your guest with you to the front desk of the recreation center and they'll be issued a one-day pass. Not yet a member? Learn more!

Junior Swim Instructor Mentorship Opportunities


Our Junior Swim Instructor Mentorship Program is available to youth age 11-16 who have strong swimming skills (exceed Level 4 of the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program) and an interest in helping others learn to swim. This mentorship program offers the training and hands-on instruction needed to become an assistant to our Water Safety Instructors. Each participant will work directly with one of our aquatic instructors to review key skills and abilities required of a good instructor, as well as gain exposure to the organization and paperwork needed to conduct swimming lessons. The program is offered in conjunction with a session of Learn-to-Swim classes, so each participant can put their skills and training into practice with an actual class.


Upon completion of the mentorship, youth will be eligible to volunteer for future sessions of the Learn-to-Swim program and build valuable volunteer hours. There are multiple opportunities available at most recreation centers and program hours will be determined based on the availability of the student and instructor. Register online or in person at any recreation center.

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 administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for Independence Day. Parks will be open for your enjoyment!


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 requires additional support, we can help. Learn more about our accommodation and inclusion services.
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