Employees, Families Invited To Community Swim

Duke Recreation and Physical Education plans family-friendly events

Even though Labor Day marked the unofficial end of summer, it's as good of a time as any to take a dip in the pool.

On Sept. 17, Duke students, faculty and staff are invited to jump in and splash around at the Brodie Recreation Center pool for the first Family Fun Swim from 10 a.m. to noon. Hosted by Duke Recreation and Physical Education, the event is free and will take place in Brodie's indoor pool filled with beach balls, inner tubes, noodles, dive sticks and more.

"It's a great opportunity for parents to have a free, fun morning with their kids," said Bonnie Adams, aquatics coordinator for Recreation and Physical Education. "We're really excited to be able to offer this program to the Duke community because anything these days that's free and incorporates families is fabulous."

Along with Adams, the pool will be staffed by swimming instructors and lifeguards, who can answer questions about Recreation and Physical Education programs like the Duke Swim School, which consists of weekly group swim lessons for children ages 4 to 14. 

Running from Sept. 24 to Nov. 12, the Duke Swim School meets Saturdays for three separate 30-minute sessions from 9:15 to 9:45 a.m., 10 to 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. It's open only to Duke community members and costs $60 for non-gym members and $55 for Brodie/Wilson Recreation Center members.

In addition to a $5 discount for Duke Swim School, faculty and staff can join both Brodie and Wilson recreation centers through the Duke Fitness Club. Organized by LIVE FOR LIFE, Duke's employee wellness program, the Duke Fitness Club allows for faculty and staff to become members of both Duke gyms for $17.33 per month. Employees can also sign up through the DukeCard office for non-discounted individual or family plans.

As part of a membership with Wilson and Brodie, employees have access to a variety of group fitness classes and personal training. They can also receive free a fitness assessment, orientation, counseling and access to workshops.

"We offer something for everyone," said Felicia Tittle, executive director of Recreation and Physical Education. "Our programs offer faculty and staff an easy way to achieve fitness goals right here on Duke's campus."

For more information about recreation programs, visit recreation.duke.edu. To learn about swimming programs, contact Bonnie Adams at bonnie.adams@duke.edu or (919) 613-7537.