Participating pools include:
Marva Bannerman Pool, 4820 NW 24 Ave. • 305-635-2461.
A.D. Barnes Pool, 3701 SW 72 Ave.• 305-665-1626.
West Perrine Pool, 17121 SW 104 Ave.• 305-969-3886.
Funding for the program is made possible through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) under the Grants for Adaptive Sports Programs for Veterans and Service Members with disabilities as part of the Parks Division’s V.I.C.T.O.R. Program (Veterans Integrated into the Community Through Outdoor Recreation). The goal of the grants programs is to increase opportunities for veterans and service members who have disabilities and are aging to access and engage in activities aimed at improving physical fitness and wellbeing.
The Arthritis Foundation recommends aquatic exercise as one of the most beneficial forms of exercise for individuals with disabilities as well as older adults. Benefits noted are improved circulation, range of motion, and flexibility and balance, and less stress on bones and joints, due to the body’s buoyancy in water.