REC REPORT: March is Youth Month at rec centre

Grand Forks Recreation (GFREC) has deemed March Youth Month at the arena and aquatic centre.

For the entire month of March, kids 13 to 18 years of age can use both facilities during public skating and public swimming at a discount.

Each time a young person participates, their name will go into a draw for a free pass to both facilities for the remainder of the year along with a one-hour pool rental or arena rental for themselves and 25 of their closest friends.

The draw for the prize will be March 31. GFREC encourages all teens out there to take advantage of this opportunity to skate, swim, relax in the hot tub or sauna and workout with your friends during Youth Month.


Ballroom dance instructor May Berge is holding classes at the arena viewing room beginning Thursday, March 7 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

May is providing instruction in Rumba, Cha Cha, Jive and Country Two Step on Monday nights and on Thursday nights, she will teach Foxtrot, Social Waltz and Tango.

You can register for all nine classes or participate one night a week only. Ballroom dance is not only a wonderful social activity, it is a great way to exercise, incorporating cardio, core, flexibility, balance and mental agility.


Spring break is right around the corner and GFREC has several programs running over the two-week period.  During the first week of spring break – March 21 to 25 – the aquatic centre is hosting a Bronze Medallion and Bronze Cross Camp.

Candidates will develop leadership skills, learn safety and rescue techniques and increase their fitness levels through timed swims. These courses are pre-requisites to the National Lifeguard Service Award being offered at the aquatic centre in June and the first steps to becoming a certified lifeguard.

Students are also able to receive high school credits for taking part in these leadership courses.

During the second week of spring break – March 28 to April 1 – GFREC is offering The Assisted Water Safety Instructor Course.

AWSI is the pre-requisite to the WSI course providing instructional training for candidates wanting to teach Red Cross swim lessons. Instructor Cora Ludwar will lend her many years of experience as a Red Cross teacher and instructor trainer for those pursuing a career in teaching lessons and water safety.

Also during the last week of spring break, we are running a one-week session of  Red Cross Swim Kids. The format will be the same as our summer lesson sets, where each level will take place daily Monday to Friday for the week of March 28 to April 1.  All levels will run between 1:30 and 4:15 p.m.


And to start spring break off with a bang, the aquatic centre and arena are having a “Schools Out Special” extended Loony Toony Swim and Skate on Friday, March 18.

Bring the whole family or a group of friends to the pool to enjoy a swim from 4 to 8 p.m. or strap on the skates and come to the arena for public skating from 2:30 to 5 p.m.


Pick up a March flyer for details on spring scheduling or view the recreation brochure on the web at You can also reach the Grand Forks Recreation office at 250-442-2202 and the Grand Forks Aquatic Centre at 250-442-3488 or by email,