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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Advanced Lap Swim (13-Adult)

The ultimate swimming workout that helps students refine strokes to increase efficiency, endurance and swim distance. Students are taught how to adjust their personal workout to keep interest and gradually increase their workout to make it more challenging.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor Training

Learn how to teach the American Red Cross basic level Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Attendant, Rescuer, Administering Emergency Oxygen, Bloodborne Pathogens, Preventing Disease Transmission, Basic Water Rescue and Lifeguard Management courses. Prerequisites: must be at least 17 years old on or before the last day of class and must possess a current American Red Cross Lifeguard, YMCA Lifeguard, or the Ellis and Associates International Lifeguard Training certificate. Must also pass a pre-course screening which includes a written exam and swim 300 yards using front crawl or breaststroke and swim 20 yards, retrieve a brick from the deep end and return to the starting point and exit the water in no more than one minute and 30 seconds. Fee of $25 payable to ARC prior to start of the class.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Trg 15+

This course is for the person who wants to be a lifeguard at a community pool. Skills and knowledge necessary to respond to aquatic emergencies, including first aid and CPR for the professional rescuer are covered. Students must be at least 15 years old before course completion (no exceptions). Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously using front crawl or breaststroke; swim 20 yards, dive 7-10 feet, retrieve 10 pound brick, surface and then swim 20 yards back to starting point and exit the water without use of ladder or stairs; tread water two minutes. Students who pass the class receive a certificate valid for two years. Note: This program does not qualify you to be a lifeguard for the Park Authority. For information about becoming a Park Authority lifeguard call 703-324-8548.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Trng Review

Don't let your American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguard certificate expire. This 20-hour course renews your certificates for Lifeguarding, CPR and First Aid. The fee does not include textbook. Bring the ARC Lifeguard Training textbook to class or purchase one at the site for an additional fee. Prerequisites: Must have an unexpired ARC Lifeguard Training certificate. If certificate is expired, student must register for the full Lifeguard Training course. Must be able to swim 300 yards continuously, and swim 20 yards using front crawl or breaststroke; dive 7-10 feet and retrieve a 10 pound object, return to surface and swim 20 yards back to starting point and exit the water without use of ladder or stairs. Class renews Lifeguard, First Aid, and CPR certificate for two years.


Baby & Me Swim (6 mos.-18 mos.)

Register your baby for this parent-and-child class designed for babies and their parent(s), or other favorite adult who want to learn water adjustment and other aquatic skills together in a fun environment. Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner, feel comfortable in the water and explore submerging to the mouth, nose and eyes. Explore buoyancy on front and back, change body position and learn safety information. Two adults may participate with each child. Babies must wear tight-fitting swim diaper and plastic pants under bathing suit.


Butterfly & Breaststroke Clinic I 6-14yr

Prerequisite: Ability to demonstrate arm and leg actions for both breaststroke and butterfly for six yards. Class emphasizes developing arm and leg actions for these strokes while coordinating timing and breathing. Starts and turns for these strokes are introduced.


Freestyle & Backstroke Clinic I 6-14 yrs

Prerequisite: Ability to swim freestyle and backstroke 15 yards using arm and leg action. Class emphasizes developing backstroke elements using arm and leg actions while implementing breathing techniques. Starts and turns for these strokes are introduced.


Kayak Rolling (13+) & kayak rental

Here's an opportunity for experienced students to practice skills in kayaks or C-1 canoes under the guidance of an instructor. Student must have prior experience before signing up for this course. Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional fee.


Kayak Rolling (13-Adult)

Here's an opportunity for experienced students to practice skills in kayaks or C-1 canoes under the guidance of an instructor. Students must have prior experience before signing up for this course. Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-served basis for an additional fee. ~


Lap Swim (13-Adult)

This class focuses on increasing your physical endurance and swim distance. Workouts are designed to meet class abilities and to improve overall physical fitness through lap swimming. Students are also taught to design a personal workout and to use the pace clock. ~


Lap Swim Lite (13-Adult)

Prerequisite: Ability to swim at least 25 yards on front and back. This is the perfect class for people who want to start swimming laps or for those who have not been a lap swimmer for an extended time. Learn techniques needed to swim laps, improve swimming skills and proficiency, increase your confidence, endurance and distance swimming. ~


Log Rolling Competition

(6-Adult) Log rolling, the sport of lumberjacks, is having a competition at the Mount Vernon Rec Center. Join us at 12:30 for open warm ups, 2 pm for a butt rolling matchup and 3:30 for the competitive brackets. Bring shorts or capris, a rash guard shirt is recommended.


Paddleboard Yoga (13-Adult)

Paddleboard Yoga brings a new dimensions to yoga practice combining traditional yoga poses on an unstable surface in the water for added challenge to improve balance, increase focus and core engagement. New and seasoned yoga participants increase their fun and fitness with this workout.


Pee Wee Paddler I (3-5 yrs.)

Prerequisite: Child must leave parent willingly, be comfortable in the water, follow directions and function well in a group. When possible, children are grouped by ability. Class emphasizes helping children gain basic aquatic skills including entering and exiting the water safely, blowing bubbles with mouth and nose submerged, submerging under water. With assistance students learn to float and glide on front and back, rolling from front to back and back to front, swimming using arms and legs on front and back at least two body lengths. For safety reasons, flotation devices may be used. Flotation devices are used for all Pee Wee I classes at Audrey Moore and Lee District RECenters.


Pee Wee Paddler II (3-5 yrs.)

Prerequisites: Pee Wee Paddler I or equivalent skill proficiency. Class emphasizes helping children increase independence in their skill performance while continuing to increase comfort in the water. Skills include rhythmic breathing (bobbing), floating and gliding on front and back with and without assistance, swimming on front and back at least three body lengths with and without assistance. Flotation devices may be used.


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