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Aquatics Newsletter | July 2014 |
Friends are Free on Tuesdays in July!


July is Parks and Rec Month


As 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! This is the perfect time for you to introduce a friend or family member to everything our centers have to offer.


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 about joining! Memberships rates begin at $12/month for Virginia Beach residents.


Check out what else we have going on this month:

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Beach Party on the Sprayground
Saturday, July 19 | 2 - 4 pm | Williams Farm Rec Center
Get soaked and have a blast at our sprayground! We'll have contests, games and plenty of fun! Membership or day pass needed, no additional cost.

Sunday, July 20 | 1 - 4 pm | Princess Anne Rec Center
It's a day of huge, fun floats that are so big the pool is devoted just to them! Enjoy Claw Daddy, Splat!, Sky Totter, or Space Mountain. Membership or day pass needed, no additional cost.

Shade Play

Sunday, July 20 | 1 - 4 pm | Great Neck Rec Center
Want to get out of the sun for awhile? Enjoy some beach fun indoors with games like corn hole and water volleyball plus sno-cones and popcorn. Membership or day pass needed, no additional cost.  


BOGO Rentals at Munden Point Park

Rent one hour, get one hour free on canoe and kayak rentals all month long at Munden Point Park.

Bringing Home the Gold at the Virginia Senior Games

Five swimmers from Great Neck's Adult Swim Workouts recently participated in the Virginia Senior Games at Midtown Aquatic Center in Newport News. During the two-day meet, they won a total of 24 gold medals in their respective age groups! In many events, the swimmers also posted improved times. We are very proud of their accomplishments and praise them for all their hard work!


  • Marianna Berkley, 92, won the 50 & 100 Breast, 50 Free, and 50 Back
  • Jeanne Meredith, 86, won the 50 Back, 50, 100, 200 & 500 Free
  • Al Newbury, 80, won the 50, 100 & 200 Back
  • Joan Averette, 78, won the 50 &100 Breast, the 50 & 100 Free, and the 100 IM
  • Arlien Stein, 72, won the 50, 100 & 200 Breast, 100 & 200 IMs, 100 Back, and the 50 Butterfly
Get Set for Winter Swim League Registration


Swim League Calling all swimmers ages 6 to 17, winter swim league sign-ups begin on Saturday, August 9 for all recreation center teams. Registration will be available online via EZreg, or in person at any recreation center.


New to the winter swim league? Our intramural league places an emphasis on swimmer development and fun in a low-key, competitive environment. Each team will swim regular season and championship meets during a season that runs from November to February. Teams practice twice a week under the supervision of experienced coaches, building competence in each of the four competitive strokes (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly), as well as learning starts and turns. Check our website for swimming prerequisites. 

Tips for Choosing a Life Jacket 

Man with Life Vest A life jacket is a type of personal flotation device (PFD) that is designed to help a person float and keep their head out of the water, even if the person is very tired. The American Red Cross advises the following when choosing a life jacket:


  • Make sure it is the right type for the activity.
  • Make sure it is approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Make sure it fits properly. Check the label on the life jacket for weight limits. 
  • Make sure it is in good condition. Check buckles and straps for proper function.

When you have selected a life jacket, be sure to practice putting it on in water and swimming with it on. When you practice, have a person with you who can help if you have difficulty. 


The most important tip about life jackets is simple: wear it! You should always wear a life jacket when you are on a boat or any other type of watercraft. You never know when something unexpected might happen that could cause you to enter the water. Inexperienced swimmers and young children should wear life jackets any time they are around water. 

Please Note Our Upcoming Facility Closures


All Virginia Beach Recreation Centers, Owl Creek Tennis Center and administrative offices
will be closed on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. City parks will be open! 


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.
We welcome your comments and questions. Feel free to email us at
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Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation is accredited by CAPRA,
the certifying agency of the National Recreation and Park Association.