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Programs for all ages help people in qathet region get active this fall

Powell River Recreation Complex ready with old favourites and new programs
SAFETY FIRST: Lifeguards-in-training Jaik Arnold [left] and Macklan Boyd [right] work with Reginald [centre] as part of their Bronze Cross Lifeguarding course. The recreation complex has a variety of programs for all ages and skill levels and is now accepting registrations for the fall.

City of Powell River’s parks, recreation and culture department has released its digital Fall Active Living Guide, and programs are now open for registration.

“The last 16 months have been challenging, with modified schedules and programs, room changes, and uncertainty, but the team at the recreation complex has adapted to the challenges and we are looking forward to seeing our programs and services get back to the new normal this fall,” says Neil Pukesh, the department’s manager.

For the fall season, the Active Living Guide will be digital, and printed schedules can be picked up at the complex. Familiar favourites such as Rec Skate, AquaFit, Creative Dance, Yoga, and Aerials are all returning for the fall.

Musical Munchkins for children ages three to five is a new program being offered. Led by Brittany Service, little ones will get a chance to explore rhythm patterns while singing their hearts out. Learn to Fish, Learn to Hunt, Mushroom Picking, and Salal Pick and Sell are also back on the schedule for the outdoor enthusiasts.

This month, swimming lessons will be back to normal, and guardians will no longer be required to assist in lessons, except for preschool Starfish, Duck and Sea Turtle lessons. 

Tami Wood, aquatics supervisor, encourages those interested in a career in aquatics to consider becoming a lifeguard. The next step is to enrol in the Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course, which begins September 11 at the complex. Prerequisites are having the Bronze Cross certification and to be a minimum of 15 years old by the end of the course.

“There is a shortage of lifeguards and swimming instructors across Canada,” says Tami. “If you love swimming as much as we do, consider a career in aquatics to share this love with others.”

Christine Creer, health and fitness program coordinator, is also excited about new programs that are in the mix.

“A free Learn to be a Fitness Instructor information session will be held in November, where those with a passion for fitness can learn how to become certified to teach,” says Christine.

ActivAge is another free program on the schedule.

“This is a partnership program with the British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association, where residents aged 65 and up are led through a three-month program,” adds Christine. “The program is progressive with planned physical activities designed to improve activities associated with daily living and strengthening muscles.”

The recreation complex is hosting a Welcome Back Event the week of September 13 to 19. All drop-in fitness classes, the weight room, and select aquatic classes and programs will be free to attend during the week. 

“If patrons are nervous about returning to a public setting, this free week will give them the opportunity to come and try some new classes without any commitment to register for a full program,” says Shawna Rahier, parks, recreation and culture marketing and communications coordinator.

To ensure classes are kept at a safe capacity, the Welcome Back week will require patrons to preregister for their free classes. However, for the rest of the fall season, preregistration will not be required for drop-in classes.

For schedules, more information, or to register for programs online, by phone or in person, go to or call 604.485.2891. For the most up to date information, programs, and schedules, visit the website or the complex’s Facebook page ( or Instagram account (@powellriverparksrecculture).