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Aquatics Newsletter | July 2013 |
Two for Tuesday at All Rec Centers


Two for TuesdayAs 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 or your child to introduce a friend to our amenities and services. 


To take advantage of this offer, just 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!


For other ways to celebrate Parks & Recreation Month, visit And while you're in our centers or out in the parks, tag your photos with #VBParksRec and we may feature you on our Facebook page!

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Swim Tip: Just Breathe!


TipsTry to limit your breath to about one to two seconds per breath, any longer than that and you start to lose your forward momentum. For butterfly and breaststroke, keep your head in a neutral position so you can maintain your streamline when your face goes back in the water. For freestyle, try not to over rotate your shoulder in order to get your face out of the water. Simply turning your head slightly toward the shoulder that is high is sufficient enough to get a good breath and maintain a proper streamline.

Lightning Safety at Indoor Pools 


LightningAs we venture into the time of year where thunderstorms occur often and lightning strikes frequently, keep in mind the swimming pools and shower facilities at our recreation centers close for lightning and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last strike. We ask everyone to clear the pool deck whether participating in lessons, swimming laps or open swim, and to stay clear of the showers. 

The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) reports there are some 22 million cloud-to-ground lightning flashes in the United States annually. Lightning will follow the path of least resistance through the air and along or through the ground. This means that if lightning strikes the ground near an indoor pool, it may lead into the building via low resistance conductors. How is that possible? The underground water pipes, gas lines, electric and telephone wiring all connect to the pool, creating a metallic network that extends outside of the building.

There have been no reports of deaths from lightning while using indoor pools; however, there are many reports of lightning deaths in bathtubs as well as reports of injuries to people indoors with direct and indirect contact with water (kitchen sink, laundry room, bathroom, etc.) It seems reasonable to NLSI that the potential for lightning incidents with people in indoor pools does exist. In fact, some have reported the main circulation pump being destroyed, injuries to employees touching electrical panels, and visible lighting inside of the pool area.

Recommendations for lightning safety at indoor pools are available at As an organization, we remain abreast of research and recommendations made for aquatic facilities and modify our policies accordingly.

Youth Diving Classes Combine Skill and Fun!


DivingIf your swimmer wants to learn to dive or prepare to compete in diving, we can help! We are offering three levels of diving classes to help youth develop skills off a 1-meter diving board. 


Springboard Diving: Introduction

Age 7 - 15 | Learn basic diving skills, including approaches, forward, back, inward, reverse and half-twist dives. Participants must be deep water safe and be able to dive off the diving board. View offerings / Register online! 


Springboard Diving: Intermediate

Age 7 - 15 | Learn competitive diving skills including advanced forward, backward, inward, reverse and twisting dives. Participants must be able to perform a forward dive with a four-step approach, forward somersault and back dive with a back take-off. View offerings / Register online! 


Pre-Season High School Conditioning

Age 14 - 18 | Prepare for high school dive season with our pre-season conditioning class. Emphasis will be on diving techniques needed to be competitive in the high school arena. View offerings / Register online!  

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures

Bow Creek Recreation Center is closed for a long-term modernization project


Don't forget that your membership is good at all Virginia Beach Recreation Centers! If your usual center is closed, 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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