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Seniors tread water to well-being<div>The programme, which began in January this year, offers the group a refreshing and rejuvenating approach to fitness and aquatic activities; and caters to those seniors who want to enhance their physical well-being and water skills.</div><div><br></div><div>Designed for the diverse needs of the group, the programme provides a blend of aqua aerobics exercises and swimming lessons, tailored to participants' individual abilities and preferences.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/aerobics1.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></p>​​</span>‘Aqua aerobics is ideal for older people as it offers a low-impact, yet highly effective workout, promoting cardiovascular health, muscle strength and flexibility. Programmes like these highlight just how multi-faceted our facilities are, and that they offer far more than just a day at the pool to cool off,’ said Mayoral Committee Member for Community Services and Health, Councillor Patricia van der Ross.</div><div><br></div><div>Participants, ranging from seasoned aqua enthusiasts to beginners, gather at the Wynberg Swimming Pool every week on Tuesdays and Thursdays to engage in invigorating aqua aerobics sessions led by lifeguards, with the assistance of other City staff members.<br></div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/aerobics2.JPG" class="responsive" alt="" /></p>​​</span>Moreover, the programme includes learn-to-swim sessions, allowing seniors to build confidence and develop essential water safety skills under the guidance of lifeguards. </div><div><br></div><div>From mastering basic strokes to refining technique, participants progress at their own pace, in a supportive and encouraging environment.</div><div><br></div><div>Esme Ross (74) from Fairways, said she found the programme revitalising.</div><div><br></div><div>‘The aqua aerobics sessions have improved my overall fitness, while the swimming lessons have empowered me to embrace a new skill and boost my confidence in the water. It's very therapeutic.’</div><div><br></div><div>Jodee Veldsman, a 52-year-old participant from Lansdowne, said the programme exceeded her expectations. </div><div><br></div><div>‘Not only have I noticed improvements in my physical health, but I've also found a renewed sense of joy and vitality through these activities. I grew up loving water, taught myself how to swim, but learnt proper techniques by attending swimming days at Wynberg Swimming Pool.’</div><div><br></div><div><span><p><img src="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/cityassets/Media%20Images%202/aerobics3.jpeg" class="responsive" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /></p>​​</span>The programme will continue until the end of the current season, and interested individuals can enrol in October 2024 before the new season starts.</div><div><br></div><div>For seniors interested in joining the aqua aerobics or the learn-to-swim programme, or to learn more about available sessions, please contact the Wynberg Swimming Pool for further details at 021 400 5396. </div><div><br></div><div><strong>Caption 1:</strong> Getting ready for their aqua aerobics at Wynberg Swimming Pool are from left: Faezah Davids, Penlyn Estate (69), Bronwen Honigwachs, Lansdowne (57), Esme Ross, Fairways (74), Gerard Honigwachs, Lansdowne (59), Vannesa Moolman, Ottery (62) and Patricia Durrell, Fairways (75).</div><div><br></div><div><strong>Captions 2 and 3: </strong>The group enjoys the aqua aerobics.</div><div><br></div><div><br></div><div><strong>End</strong><br></div><p><strong></strong><br></p>2024-03-21T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#c6d140bc-615d-42f3-931a-fdba0c5d0d5e;L0|#0c6d140bc-615d-42f3-931a-fdba0c5d0d5e|Aquatic;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#31f39c68-724d-49cb-b987-e3f542811575;L0|#031f39c68-724d-49cb-b987-e3f542811575|swimming;GP0|#562c74c4-d304-412f-801a-49810311fdd7;L0|#0562c74c4-d304-412f-801a-49810311fdd7|Wynberg;GP0|#bc10fdf4-41a1-4d4b-b396-659b52e135b0;L0|#0bc10fdf4-41a1-4d4b-b396-659b52e135b0|pools10

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