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IVGID Tip: Hit the indoor pool for helpful fitness benefits

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Swimming is a terrific form of exercise that can help with joint pain and injuries associated with skiing and riding Lake Tahoe’s slopes.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — As snow blankets Tahoe's beaches, locals retire their swimsuits to the corners of their dresser in exchange for winter gear. Snow pants replace swim trunks, winter coats for life jackets and ski goggles for swim goggles.

Not so fast! The 8-lane, 25-yard Incline Village Recreation Center indoor pool offers open swim, lap swim, aqua fitness classes, swim lessons and a sauna so you can stay in your swimsuit all year round.

For those half-fish, half-human children out there, open swim is a great way to have fun and burn some of that excess energy. The diving board is open Monday through Friday afternoons and the inflatable slide is available on weekend afternoons upon request. A basketball hoop and various water toys are available as well.

The IVGID aquatics staff would like to remind swimmers of all levels the importance of water safety. For preschool and beginner swimmers, it is important to know basic pool safety rules and tips like how to know who the lifeguards are and the importance of wearing a lifejacket.

They should know how to recognize an emergency and how to call for help. Don't let them stick their fingers in drains and always remind them to look before they leap.

For intermediate swimmers, they should work on developing breath control safely and be aware of their surroundings. Go over the water safety posters with them including reaching assists and throwing assists.

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For advanced swimmers they should consider taking a CPR course or register for our American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Class. They should help remind other swimmers to swim as a pair near a Lifeguard's chair.

Swimming is fun but it's important to be aware of the risks involved, and to know various water safety tips and tricks in order to make your experience at the pool the best it can be. Group and private swim lessons are a great way to learn water safety and swim technique and are available this winter. So, rummage through those drawers, grab your swimsuit and we'll see you at the pool!

This IVGID Tip was provided by Stephanie Coates, lifeguard for the Incline Village Parks & Recreation Aquatics Department. Please call 775-832-1310, or visit InclineRecreation.com for more information about Aquatic Programs.