The Regional Aquatic Centre, a multi-use family facility located at 20 Tennessee Drive, contains a 6-lane competitive leisure pool, a junior pool, a tots pool, and a whirlpool. For pool schedule, contact (709) 643-6688; for additional information, contact (709) 643-6689.
There exist specific objectives for the program:
- increase range of motion and mobility
- restore flexibility and strength
- improve morale through social exercise therapy
- and gradually restore daily functional ability.
Water Fitness are considered the more advanced components of the aquatic therapy program.It’s a great way to get and stay in shape.Participants have a choice to either do the exercises in the shallow-end or the deep-end of the pool so swimming skills are not a necessity.It is a great program for anyone and is particularly beneficial for individuals who experience minor joint or back pain.
There are many unique properties that make water an ideal place to exercise:
- Stimulation of the water around the body provides a massaging effect which distracts from the pain.
- Buoyancy of the water fully supports the joint and helps control swelling.
- Pool water temperatures are slightly lower than the body temperature which will aid in reducing swelling and be warm enough to keep muscles relaxed.
- Water provides resistance in both directions therefore opposing muscles groups work more evenly.
- In chest deep water you weigh only one tenth your normal weight so movement in water is much easier as compared to exercising on land.
- Water pressure on the body helps return blood to the heart therefore it doesn’t have to work as hard to circulate blood and oxygen.
Children and Adult Swim Lessons
The Canadian Red Cross Swim Program emphasizes being water safe, being water active and having fun.Each person will be introduced to the developing swimmer and then proceed to distinctive strokes and water skills.
Private and semi-private swim lessons are available upon request.Private instruction is ideal for those who are having difficulty with a particular stroke technique or to accommodate hectic schedules.