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Attention: More Swimmers are Welcome

From the relatively few residents who can be found in the Cynthia and Marvin Barnes Aquatic Center any time of the day, you’d think that it is the ‘biggest best kept secret’ on the CV campus. If you haven’t tried it yet, get in the swim in our all new, indoor, heated pool. Men and Women’s locker rooms (changing areas) are accessible to the Aquatic Center. Plus, the Bucky and Dottie Waters Hot Tub is perfect for a 15-minute “relaxing dessert” after a workout in the pool.

The water is kept clean with a sand filtration system, the most common for larger pools, and ultra-violet light sanitizer. The floor around the pool and hot tub is covered with a surface that does not get slippery when wet and is friendly to bare feet. The water temperature in the pool is kept at 86-87 degrees. The pool is 20 yards long and divided into four lanes. The temperature of the water in the hot tub averages 101 degrees.

While the pool and hot tub are open 24 hours a day, water aerobics classes are held on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings for 45 minutes, starting at 10:00 a.m. Supervised swims are held daily at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Any other time of the day, swimmers must have ‘buddies” with them in the pool area. CV staff members can now use the pool and locker rooms daily between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m.

Benefits of Water Aerobics:

Water aerobics builds cardio, strength, and resistance, all while being easy on the joints and in a cool and relaxing atmosphere! And it is especially appealing to seniors to help maintain a moderate level of physical fitness.

Increase muscle strength – Since water flows in multiple directions, the resistance in the pool can range from four to 42 times greater than air, ensuring the body’s muscles get a rigid workout.
Build endurance – Unlike using traditional weights, water resistance allows one’s body to strain through the water rather than against it.
Increases flexibility – During water aerobic exercise – which requires movement in various directions while adjusting to the push and pull of water – the joints naturally increase their range of motion.
Low-impact exercise – In water aerobics, the water’s buoyancy helps take off some of the impact we tend to place on our body.
Alleviates pressure on the joints – Studies have shown water-based exercises relieve pressure placed on joints from normal wear-and-tear and arthritis.
Relieves stress and decreases anxiety – Just being in and around water is a stress reliever.
Burns calories – The combination of strength and cardio workouts and water resistance ensures the body gets a complete workout.
Reduces blood pressure – Water pressure enables one’s blood to circulate more effectively throughout the body, decreasing blood pressure.