Now that the warmer weather has arrived, residents in Greater Moncton are looking for a way to cool off.
Swimming will be the first choice for many.
Head Coach for the Codiac Vikings Aquatic Club Melanie Melanson says whether you swim competitively or for recreation, it is a great activity to keep you moving.
“I love that it is something can translate into a way that provides you with stress release and physical activity, well into your 90’s,” Melanson says.
Melanson says it can also be used as a life skill that can help build positive body image…and can affect your mental health in a positive way, and it also keeps kids active.
“Sport Canada put out a survey to see what sport parents are looking at as far as what they would like their kids to excel in. In Atlantic Canada, the number one answer was swimming. Most people would have thought that would be hockey, or soccer, or one of the bigger sports. A lot of that has to do with being close to the water and being water safe, but it also has to do with the fact that swimming is very accessible and most communities have a pool,” Melanson says.
There are several pools to choose from including Pat Crossman in Riverview, CEPS at U de M in Moncton, YMCA of Greater Moncton, St. Pat’s in Moncton and the Dieppe Aquatic Centre.