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Just about everyone is aware of all the fun that can be had at the Russell Sims Aquatic Center. There are slides and concessions, diving boards and lounge chairs, and a splash ground and water features. But not everyone knows that Russell Sims also offers lap swimming in their 50 meter pool!

Lap swimming takes place now through August 5th on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., August 12 – 16 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and August 19 – 23 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lap swimming is open to anyone age 13 or older and the cost is half price of daily admission. Season pass holders are free!

The Russell Sims Aquatic Center is located in Preston Miller Park at 2303 Tomblinson Way.


Swimming offers a variety of benefits to mental and physical health – check out some of these great ones listed below.

  • A whole-body workout – Swimming engages almost every major muscle group, requiring a person to use their arms, legs, torso, and stomach.
  • Building cardiovascular strength – Cardiovascular exercise, often referred to as cardio, involves the heart, lungs, and circulatory A thorough workout routine, such as one that features swimming, will include this type of exercise.
  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels – Some types of exercise may be challenging for people who are new or feel very unfit. However, swimming allows a person to go at their own pace, and it can be inviting for newcomers.
  • A great skill to have – The benefits of learning to swim safely and confidently can extend beyond mental and physical fitness. In some cases, it may even be lifesaving.
  • Good for people with injuries – Having an injury or conditions, such as arthritis, can make it difficult to do high-impact exercise. Because water gently supports the muscles, swimming is preferred by many who are unable to take part in high-impact, high-resistance exercises.
  • Good for people with disabilities – A physical disability, such as paraplegia, can limit workout options. Because water provides resistance and support, many people find that swimming is an ideal option.
  • Burning calories – Swimming is an excellent way to burn calories. The amount burned depends on a person’s weight and how vigorously they swim.
  • Variety and fun – People tend to get bored with repetitive exercise, but there are many ways to keep swimming interesting. There are several strokes to master and flotation aids to try.