GRAND FORKS REC REPORT SEPT. 4 – Getting over the fear of water with knowledge

The Grand Forks Aquatic Centre will be opening with the 2013 fall schedule on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1-5 p.m.

The Grand Forks Aquatic Centre will be opening with the 2013 fall schedule on Sunday, Sept. 8 from 1-5 p.m.GFREC is gearing up for a great season with many fall fitness programs and recreational activities to choose from.Lifesaving FitnessChildren and adults can challenge their fitness level and earn fitness awards.The Lifesaving Fitness program provides endurance and strength training for those interested in maintaining personal fitness levels for lifesaving emergencies or working towards specific goals.This program will be held on Thursday afternoons from 4-5 p.m. starting Oct. 3.The registration fee is just $85 for 10 sessions and includes progression awards certificate.Deadline to register is by Thursday, Sept. 26.There are many adults who never learned how to swim and over the years decided they are too afraid to learn.GFREC offers adult swim lessons to help you overcome the fear of the water or offer an opportunity for you to enjoy learning a new healthy recreational sport.Lessons will be take place on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Oct. 8 for four sessions.Thanksgiving senior’s dinnerIt’s that time of the year again and fall is upon us.Thanks to Copper Fields for providing an opportunity for seniors to get together and enjoy a free thanksgiving turkey dinner with all the trimmings.The senior’s luncheon will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10 with two seatings.The event will take place at the Seniors Centre at the City Park at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. GFREC will be accepting reservations starting Sept. 9.Space is limited so call early to reserve a spot.Stretching for mobilityGisela will be back this fall with her Drop In Stretching for Mobility Classes.Exercises have been adapted so they can be done sitting in a chair or standing using the chair for support.Classes will be held on Tuesday afternoons from 1-2 p.m. and Friday mornings from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. starting Friday, Sept. 6. Drop-in fee is just $2 each time you attend.Parent and tot skateSkating is a great winter activity the entire family can enjoy in an arena or on the local rivers or ponds in the cooler months.Parent and Tot skate sessions offer a quieter time to get the little ones on the ice. GFREC offers two sessions a week: Monday mornings from 10:15-11:15 a.m. and Thursday afternoons from 1:15-2:15 p.m.There is no charge for the ice time or skate rentals during these sessions.Open houseIf your organization offers programs or activities for children, we want to know.The open house for children and youth event provides an evening for registration or to provide an informational session about what they offer.There is no cost to the groups and it is free to the public. Stop by on Thursday evening between 6-8 p.m. at the Grand Forks Arena Viewing room and find out what is available in our area.For information on all of our fall drop in programs, give the Grand Forks Recreation Department a call at 250-442-2202.