REC Connect

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The announcement on June 14, 2021 from the Provincial Government is very positive. RDN Recreation and Parks appreciates your continued patience as we increase service levels within the current Public Health Orders. We are working out the details and will communicate updates here, on our website and social media channels.


We are excited to see you back in our programs.


Here are some current ways to stay active and connected:

The announcement on June 14, 2021 from the Provincial Government is very positive. RDN Recreation and Parks appreciates your continued patience as we increase service levels within the current Public Health Orders. We are working out the details and will communicate updates here, on our website and social media channels.


We are excited to see you back in our programs.


Here are some current ways to stay active and connected:

  • Take part in the ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge to win prizes,
  • Download the free Fitness Walking Handbook and start a new routine,
  • Register for a recreation program. Check back often as we will add programs as they become available.
  • See our fitness videos below to keep active at home,
  • Visit our active and creative ideas and links resources to keep you active at home,
  • Subscribe to the Active Living Newsletter by leaving your email to receive updates

If you need to reach the recreation department please call 250-248-3252, Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or email us at recparks@rdn.bc.ca and of course keep following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Water Safety

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    Check out these water safety tips and resources before embarking on a splashing good summer!



    Backyard Pool Safety

    We want you to have a splashing good summer in your backyard pool.

    Before you jump in, check out these tips to prevent water injuries this summer.








    Learn to Swim


    Learning to swim is an important life skill that can play a key role in helping to prevent drowning. Plus it is fun.



    Swimming lessons are offered at Ravensong Aquatic Centre and registration for summer lessons begins Monday, June 21 at 8:00am. Register online or call 250-752-5014


    Unable to attend swim lessons, here are some tips to practice your swimming on your own.


    • Check your last report card and see what swimming skills you can work on. Try some new ones and show them off to your parents, grandparents and friends.
    • PLAY! Playing in the water is the best way to build endurance and develop water skills. Practice at the beach, the lake, backyard pools and even in your bathtub. Blow bubbles, dunk your head, splash, float and kick.
    • You can practice your swim skills on land too. Try the at home dryland swim lesson
    • Attend an Everyone Welcome Swim at Ravensong Aquatic Centre. Register online or call 250-752-5014.

    Are you looking to hire a Lifeguard or Swimming Instructor?

    There are a few important things to consider before hiring a lifeguard or swimming instructor for your backyard pool or local swimming spot.


    Is the person certified and authorized to provide swim lessons or guarding? The Red Cross and Lifesaving Society provide certification for lifeguards and swimming instructors. RDN recommends only hiring certified instructors to ensure they are providing you with a safe and quality service.


    Are they prepared for an emergency? Certified instructors should be trained to handle emergency situations like injuries or drowning. Make sure they are prepared and that there is equipment available to handle emergencies (first aid kit, phone, rescue devices, backup person).


    What about insurance? Ensure you and your instructor have the necessary liability insurance coverage. Your house insurance policy may not cover this. Lifeguards and swim instructors should also have their own insurance to cover liability for themselves or their business.


    Is it COVID safe? Ensure you are meeting the latest Provincial Health Orders and have a safety plan in place.


    For more info check out Lifesaving Society BC and Red Cross





    Lifejackets


    As the weather gets warmer and we head outdoors to kayak, SUP or boat, please make sure you have your lifejackets. Did you know it's the law? Transport Canada requires a lifejacket and a sound signalling device (ie a whistle) when on the water. Plus if you are heading out after sunset or before sunrise you are also required to have a watertight flashlight. Find out more.



    Take the water safety quiz

    Kids activity sheets

  • Fitness Walking Handbook

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    Congratulations on taking the first step to a healthier you. The Fitness Walking Handbook will help you make walking a part of your everyday life. Download it today

    If you would like to track your progress, consider downloading the Participaction App. It's free and also a great resource to help you meet your fitness goals.



  • Fitness Videos

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    Stay active, stay healthy at home with one of our RDN Fitness Instructors. Remember before starting a fitness program, please review the Get Active Questionnaire.

    Click the video link below:

    Low Impact, led by Pauline Vandermoor

    Strength and Stretch, led by Pauline Vandermoor

    Strength and Stretch (no floor), led by Pauline Vandermoor

    Kids Fitness, led by Tanya Watson

    Evening Calm, led by Cindy Walker (plus handout)

    Qigong, led by Monika Lux

    Chair Fitness, led by Pauline Vandermoor

    Chair Yoga Fitness Video, led by Melanie Beech

    Chair Yoga (Hips), led by Melanie Beech

    Posture Exercises, led by Tanya Watson

    HIIT high intensity with low intensity examples, led by Tanya Watson



    For more fitness videos check out the links on the right hand side.