Rec Report: Lifeguard training starts in spring

Grand Forks Recreation continues to work hard to provide recreation, and fitness opportunities for all ages in our community. With the changing demographics in our community, the attendance for aquafit and fitness classes continue to increase. With the increase in attendance, we have increased classes to accommodate the growing classes. Check out the current flyer for the new hours and formats of all our classes.


Life can be very busy for families with young children. It can be a struggle trying to juggle everyone’s schedule to enroll in swim lessons or get into a fitness class. We are trying something different this winter to try and help with your scheduling situation. Saturday morning preschool swim lessons ages three to five years is scheduled between 10 and 11:30 a.m. The free parent and tot swim and play program will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. This is a supervised program that offers parents and children an opportunity to enjoy the pool in a safe and controlled environment and without the distraction of the public in the facility. This is a closed public pool time so many of the amenities of the facility will not be available during this time.


The 2011 Pharmasave Christina Lake Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, June 26. We are offering a Super Saturday Fitness class designed to get you ready for the big event. Lap swimming intervals are combined with aqua circuit exercises to provide you with an intense workout to increase your cardiovascular and strengthen your muscles. Saturday morning programs will start Feb. 5 and run until Mar. 12. Pre registration is required by Jan. 28.


Working in the field of aquatics can be a very rewarding career. It can help students pay their way through post-secondary school, it can earn them money to travel, or they can work with children in an aquatics environment. GFREC offers all the leadership courses needed to obtain your certification to become a lifeguard. We are offering a bronze medallion and cross camp from March 21 to 25. This camp is scheduled for the first week of spring break. The national lifeguard certification will be held the last week of June. The prerequisites for this course; you must be 16 years of age, hold a bronze medallion and cross award and have a current standard First-Aid certification.

Pick up a January flyer for all the details on fitness classes and schedules or view the recreation brochure on the web at You can reach the Grand Forks Recreation Office at 250-442-2202 the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre at 250-442-3488 or by email,

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