City of Powell River’s parks, recreation and culture department has announced the release of its highly anticipated digital summer active living guide, which features a wide range of engaging activities for all age groups. Programs are now open for registration, offering residents an opportunity to embrace an active and fun-filled summer season.
According to Tami Wood, aquatic program supervisor, one of the highlights is summer swim lessons, and the new Waterfront Lifeguard course. Wood emphasizes the importance of water safety and proper training, especially when it comes to lifeguarding at waterfronts.
“If you plan to supervise swimmers at waterfronts and have your national lifeguard pool option, then take the 24-hour waterfront course to be prepared for future challenges of open water guarding,” says Wood.
The course, scheduled from August 28 to 31, will include visits to various local waterfronts, fitness skill practice and procedural training, with certification valid for two years.
Sport and recreation program coordinator Alex Craig is sharing exciting news about the junior recreational tennis program. The initiative provides young people in the qathet region an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of tennis while fostering a social network of friends to play with. The six-session program aims to equip participants with a strong understanding of the sport and a chance to build lasting connections.
“All registrants need to bring is a water bottle and a racket,” says Craig.
Furthermore, annual mini camps and summer camps are back this year, promising excitement with new and captivating themes. With crafts, activities, storytime and learning opportunities, mini camps aim to provide children with a fun, safe and enjoyable environment.
Summer camps include adventurous outdoor trips, visiting local beaches and parks, playing games, making crafts and much more. Eight-week camps for ages six to 12 and mini-camps for ages three to five begin July 3.
Christine Creer, health and fitness program coordinator, is introducing new programs for the summer. Nia dance, a holistic movement class combining dance, martial arts and mindfulness practices, aims to inspire participants to listen to their bodies, choose movement that feels good and find connection in the community. The program begins on July 5; early registration is encouraged.
Additionally, the Summer Sweat Program offers workouts outdoors at Lindsay Park in Cranberry. With a new combination of bodyweight exercises, calisthenics, circuits and interval training each week, participants can expect a supportive and invigorating experience. The program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 4 to August 3.
The Run Faster Program, hosted at Timberlane track, focuses on improving running skills and increasing speed and fitness. With sessions held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 4 to 27, those who sign up will gain valuable insights into effective techniques.
City of Powell River is not only offering programs for physical well-being, but also organizing community events. Canada Day celebrations will kick off at 3 pm on July 1, featuring speeches from local dignitaries, entertaining performances on the Rotary stage and a spectacular fireworks finale. Families can enjoy bouncy castles, face painting, food, sales vendors and other activities suitable for everyone.
The Music in the Park series will take place on July 27, and August 10 and 31, at Willingdon Beach, offering performances from 7 to 8 pm.
For schedules, information or to register for programs online, by phone or in person, go to powellriverprc.ca or call 604.485.2891. For the most up-to-date information, visit the parks, recreation and culture department online or go to its Facebook and Instagram pages.