Area residents had the chance to test the waters as well as a variety of aquatic fitness equipment and classes at a free open house at the Sports Core Pool on Sunday, Jan. 7 from 2-4 p.m.
Despite the snow-covered roads, dozens of area residents came out for the free event, which included instructor-led mini classes and the opportunity to try the facility’s aquatic exercise equipment.
According to Ocean Pines Aquatics Director Colby Phillips, the goal of the open house was to introduce people to the availability and accessibility of aquatic exercise as a fitness option.
“Most [of the open house attendees] were new to learning about what our aquatics department has to offer in regard to fitness programs, which is very exciting for my team,” Phillips said.
Over the past few years, Ocean Pines Aquatics has steadily increased the number of water exercise programs it offers as well as the variety and types of aquatic fitness equipment. The Sports Core Pool now houses water trampolines, bikes, balance boards, treadmills and an elliptical machine in addition to several different types of water weights.
Ocean Pines Aquatics staff members are also in the process of obtaining certification for medically-based aquatics training, which will be introduced soon at the Sports Core Pool. The training will enable them to work with patients undergoing treatment for cancer, Parkinson’s disease and more as well as pre- and post-rehabilitative therapy.
According to Phillips, the accessibility of water exercise makes it perfect for all ages and abilities. It also explains why these programs have found such a receptive audience in Ocean Pines.
“The water is so good for all fitness levels and we have classes to accommodate everyone as well as people who have physical ailments such as bad backs and knees. Most are surprised they can actually work out in the water despite these issues,” she said.
Phillips said that because of the success of the event, another open house is planned for May.
Ocean Pines Aquatics hosts a variety of aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons and special events year-round, including a Dive-In Movie showing of “The Emoji Movie” on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 6 p.m. and a Valentine’s Family Night Out on Friday, Feb. 9 from 6-8 p.m., both at the Sports Core Pool.
For more information, contact Ocean Pines Aquatics at 410-641-5255.