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Water Safety School for PWCS Students

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

As the hot days of summer slowly come to an end and traffic at the outdoor pools begins to slow down, the splashing of the pool water at the Prince William County Public Schools Aquatics Center is just getting started.

The Aquatics Center is beginning its third year of operations, and thousands of students and community members are enjoying the convenience of the community pool year-round.

“We want to try to accommodate as many groups as we can,” said A.J. Dunn, aquatics manager.

The Aquatics Center offers a competition and leisure pool, and the Center is open to the public seven days per week. The competition pool is available for lap swimming, swim practices, swim meets and diving (on two, one-meter boards).

“The leisure pool has a splash and play feature in the shallow area with spray rings and dump buckets,” Dunn added. “There is also a 150-feet water slide that is over 20 feet tall.”

Dunn said he is most proud of how the Aquatics Center has been able to prevent water tragedies through the PWCS Water Safety School. This program provides free swimming instruction to PWCS second grade students and is based on the American Red Cross Learn-To-Swim curriculum. During its first year of operation, the Aquatics Center taught more than 3,000 students from 30 schools how to swim. During the 2017-18 school year, 37 schools participated, resulting in swimming lessons for 4,714 students.
Dunn added that Keifer Swim Sports donated more than 650 swimsuits to support the Water Safety School.

“Not all students can afford a swimsuit, so it is great when a business can step in and remove that obstacle for a student,” Dunn said.

The Aquatics Center also offers swim lessons and lifeguarding classes to members of the public.

In addition to public swim and lessons, the Aquatics Center provides a reduced rate for PWCS swim practices. Ten PWCS high schools, and one all-county dive team, practice at the Center. During the 2017-18 school year, the Center hosted a number of swim meet competitions, with 7,556 swim meet entries. The USA Synchro South Zone Championship was also held at the Aquatics Center.

Furthermore, the Aquatics Center is open for private rentals. Dunn said the Center is one of the top spots in the area for birthday parties. The Center also offers monthly memberships.

The PWCS Aquatics Center is on the campus of Colgan High School, 13833 Dumfries Road, Manassas. The Center is currently hiring lifeguards and water safety instructors. Contact the Center at 571.374.6333 for more information, or visit their website.

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