One of the reasons some people give for not joining the Chenango Water Exercise Group (CWEG) is that they don’t swim, or don’t like to swim. Well, the word “swim” conjures up a picture to most of someone churning through the water, face down and working their arms and legs rhythmically. While we do have those sorts of participants, the vast majority are very different. This is why we describe our program as aquatic exercise.
Because Lineberry Pool here on the Colgate campus is such a nice facility, CWEG is afforded the luxury of being able to offer multiple options in exercise, in varying depths of the pool. With a competition pool available to lap swimmers at all times, those who do that kind of swimming have the opportunity. However, a good portion of the pool is used in very different ways.
With an approximate 18x18 yard area of shallow water, a number of our classes are conducted without getting the head wet. Aerobic fitness, general fitness, and Ai Chi, all take place with one’s feet on the ground. Using equipment such as noodles, buoys and kickboards, the volunteer instructors create a program that benefits all levels of participation.
For those who prefer to work in water where their feet don’t touch, deep water aerobics and water walking all happen in the deeper areas of the pool. The main difference is that while working in deep water, CWEG requires a flotation device of some sort. We do have those who mix and match where they do their workouts. Taking a class early on and then moving into the lap lanes to finish, or visa-versa, is not uncommon.
Regardless of the choice one makes for their exercise, CWEG’s goal is to make it just what that member wants and needs. So, no one is turned away for not being a “swimmer!”
April Cady, administrator of the Chenango Water Exercise Group, can be reached at 315-228-7621 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the website at cwegswim.org.