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City of Powell River unveils winter active living guide

Health and fitness initiative from the city's parks, recreation and culture department introduces new classes and programs for all ages

City of Powell River’s parks, recreation and culture department has officially released its winter active living guide. Registration for the diverse programs will start Monday, December 4, at 8 am.

The 2024 health and fitness schedule features a variety of classes, including new additions such as high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and pilates, says acting health and fitness program coordinator Jessica Tonks.

“The essence of our health and fitness offerings lies in the drop-in classes,” adds Jessica. “They provide a wonderful avenue for community members to stay active and connect with others, all with the flexibility of a no-strings-attached approach.”

Participants can choose from yoga, spin, stretch, cardio and a selection of strength-focused classes. The first week of January will feature a free fitness week to encourage participation.

The department is also launching a new program, Your Informed and Autonomous Birth, to provide expectant parents with a holistic educational experience. The course is designed to empower participants with knowledge and confidence, addressing the physical, emotional and mental aspects of childbirth.

“It’s more than just a course; it’s a transformative journey, equipping future parents to welcome new life with awareness and strength,” explains Jessica.

The program will start on Monday evenings beginning January 15. Interested parties are encouraged to register for the full program or individual sessions.

Under the supervision of Tami Wood, the aquatics division is set to launch a series of water-based activities to promote swimming and lifeguard skills in the qathet region. One of the standout events is the Glow Swim scheduled for January 19 from 7 to 9 pm. This unique experience is designed to illuminate the winter season with a fun and vibrant session suitable for all ages.

Aquatics will continue to offer a variety of swim lessons throughout the week, including adult classes every Monday morning and Wednesday evening, providing ample opportunity for residents to learn or refine their abilities.

Tami is excited to introduce mini swim lessons during spring break, tailored to help swimmers focus on skill improvement in a low-pressure environment without the immediate goal of level completion. Also this winter in aquatics, the Bronze Star and Bronze Cross programs will be offered.

“Bronze Star provides a fun introduction to lifesaving sport and prepares candidates for success in Bronze Medallion,” says Tami.

These programs reflect the aquatic department’s commitment to offering diverse and inclusive aquatics activities that foster skill development and community engagement.

Sport and recreation coordinator Alex Craig is bringing back the joy and excitement of spring with camps that allow children to immerse themselves in a week of pure fun.

“Running from March 18 to 22 and March 25 to 28, our camps are designed to let kids be themselves in an atmosphere of laughter, friendship and adventure,” explains Alex.

The camps offer a variety of activities, including swimming and ice skating, and are structured to accommodate families with flexible daily and weekly registration options.

“We’re also offering sibling discounts to ensure the spring break experience is accessible to more families,” he adds.

In addition to the camps, the department is introducing The Follow Through, a tennis program for children aged nine to 12 which is geared toward enhancing coordination and skills in a dynamic and interactive setting.

Craig also highlights the return of popular programs such as Rec Skate, Learn to Skate Better, Home Alone and Babysitter’s Training, as well as professional development day camps, all set to continue a legacy of providing essential skills and fun to young residents.

To view schedules, find more details or sign up for programs, go to Register by calling 604.485.2891 or dropping by in person.