August 23, 2005 > Getting into the swim of things
Getting into the swim of things
Summer days are fading and autumn is almost upon us. Thoughts of warm poolside afternoons may be slipping away, but aquatic fun will still be available throughout the fall and winter months. Numerous indoor pools in the area offer lessons, lap swims and family entertainment all year long. They recognize that water play and sport is not only a pleasant form of relaxation, but yields exceptional health benefits as well.
Aquatic workouts are ideal for those suffering from chronic pain, arthritis or recovering from an injury. Since body weight is partially supported by the buoyancy of water, the risk of many common injuries of land-based exercise are removed. Motion studies suggest that swimming uses and conditions more body muscles simultaneously than almost any other form of exercise. The result is a better overall workout. A 190 pound person can burn over 800 calories an hour simply by treading water at a vigorous pace. That is the same number of calories burned as running a 10-minute mile or playing baseball for an hour!
While serious swimmers use aquatic facilities to perfect their techniques, others just like the pleasant sensation of floating on water, splashing around with friends or playing water games. Although many public facilities close due to weather, school use or economic considerations, there are still some local pools where the public is welcome year-round. A few are listed below.
The venerable Hayward Plunge is 69 years young this year. It has been an institution in Hayward giving generations many hours of enjoyment and swim lessons in its large, heated pool. The Plunge offers a year-round aquatics program with classes ranging from Parent/Baby and Adult swim lessons to water aerobic and safety. Special attractions, such as waterslides, water spray, pool inflatables, and tubes are available. Contact the Hayward Plunge, 24176 Mission Boulevard at (510) 881-6703.
Silliman Aquatic Center:
The ultimate in year-round indoor swimming can be found at The Silliman Family Aquatic Center, adjacent to Silliman Activity Center. The heated, indoor swim park features a 45'x75' activity pool, a 25 yard, four lane lap pool, the popular 245' Lazy River, a 12 person warm-water spa, and waterslides. This state-of-the-art facility is the premiere aquatic facility of the southeastern bay. Contact the Silliman Aquatic Center, 6800 Mowry Avenue, Newark (510) 739-2620
Milpitas Sports Center:
Home to the Milpitas Tidal Waves youth swim team, this four pool facility is open for adult swim and family recreation. Contact the Milpitas Sports Center, 1325 E. Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas (408) 586-3225.
Fremont Swim School's (FSS) three locations (Fremont - 42400 Blacow Road, Livermore - 2821 Old First Street, and Newark - 37400 Cedar Boulevard.) all offer indoor pools heated to a comfortable 92 degrees. FSS offers a wide range of lessons for all ages and abilities. FSS offers Aqua-Aerobics, Deep Water Aerobics and designated times for women-only swimming. For more information, contact Fremont Swim School at (510) 657-SWIM in Fremont; (510) 794-SWIM in Newark; (925) 373-SWIM in Livermore.
Happy Fish Swim School (4831 Davenport Place, Fremont) also offers year-round swim lessons in a large, indoor, 90 degree pool. Among many classes offered for toddler to adult, there is a class just for women and limited to four persons. Classes at Happy Fish are ideal for those who have had a life-long fear of swimming or who simply would like to perfect their stroke. Contact Happy Fish Swim School at (510) 226-SWIM.