The Windsor International Aquatic and Training Centre (WIATC), presented by WFCU Credit Union, has played host to a number of world-class events including the International Children’s Games, FINA/NVC Diving World Series (four years), Ontario Synchronized Swimming Championships and Masters Swimming Canada National Championships.
This amazing facility hosted Olympians from all over the world as they trained for the FINA World Championships in 2016. It is the site of annual WECSSAA, SWOSSAA and OFSSAA High School Championships and is the home training facility for two local competitive swim teams and the local diving club.
What you might not realize is that the “family aquatic centre” as many affectionately refer to it, also provides a vast array of affordable programming options that include swim lessons for babies to adults, aqua fit classes, recreational swimming and a learn-to-snorkel program.
The WIATC is also home to Adventure Bay Water Park. In the park, you will find one of only four FlowRiders in Canada. This amazing attraction simulates a 7-foot wave which is suitable for knee boarding or stand-up surfing. Lessons are available in a group format from qualified instructors four times a week. Call 519-974-2782 or check out adventurebay.ca for all the details.
The WIATC also has a fitness centre with cardio equipment including arc trainers, treadmills and stationary bikes. There are Cybex weight and resistance machines, or if free weights are your thing, we have that too, along with medicine balls, stability balls and mats for floor workouts. Offering flexible membership opportunities and special parking options to our annual membership holders, this facility has it all – at really reasonable prices! The WIATC offers fitness members 1-month, 3-month, 6-month and annual membership options. The fitness memberships include the fitness centre and access to our state-of-the-art, Olympic style pool.
What’s so great about working out in a pool? Let us help you with your New Year’s Resolution by providing you with answers for all your excuses not to get fit in 2018…
I GET BORED WORKING OUT
That’s why we include the gym AND the pool. Break out of the boredom and hop in the water every now and then. This will help you stay energized and keep your regular routine from becoming, well, routine. Need to shake it up even more? Our membership is accepted at WFCU Centre, Adie Knox Herman Recreation Complex, Windsor Water World and Gino & Liz Marcus Community Complex if you really want a change of scenery.
I DON’T WANT TO INVEST IN A BUNCH OF EQUIPMENT
No equipment necessary – the water itself provides the resistance for cardio and strength training. Just grab your suit and a towel to get moving. If you find that a pair of goggles would be helpful, you can pick those up right at our front desk. We have a variety of styles and colours to choose from.
THE WEATHER IS TERRIBLE
It’s always great weather inside the WIATC. Our thermal bulkhead allows for a temperature differential in separate sections of our pool. If you choose the cooler section, your body has to work harder to maintain your body temperature, so you actually burn more calories when swimming compared to other exercises on land. Or, if it is the middle of January, you can choose the warmer end of the pool for a relaxing escape from the winter weather and it will feel more like a tropical vacation than exercise.
THE THOUGHT OF EXERCISING STRESSES ME OUT
The movement of water feels soothing, especially if you have sore muscles or joints. The water also massages, which can have a calming effect that can decrease and eliminate stress, aches and pains. Swimming pools are especially beneficial for seniors who are prone to arthritis.
I HAVE AN INJURY
For those diehards that don’t want to miss a day of working out but have sustained an injury, the pool might be the best place for you. Instead of sitting around waiting to heal, try a workout in the pool where you can gently exercise without adding any pressure or impact to the injured area.
I PUT ON SOME EXTRA WEIGHT AND IT’S HARD
GETTING STARTED AGAIN
If you’re carrying excess weight and just getting started on an exercise program, pool workouts are a fantastic way to start because your body doesn’t feel as heavy. This will allow you to start slowly and build up your activity over time.
Still not sure if you want to join? Drop in one day for only $5.25. If you like it and decide to purchase a membership on your way out, we will apply that fee to your membership.