Wellness Champion: GRCC’s pool offers opportunities for low-impact exercise

Madeline Dyer, GRCC’s aquatics director, standing by the pool smiling.

Be a champion! GRCC is helping students and employees focus on all areas of health and wellness as we emerge together from the pandemic.

Wellness is a full integration of physical, mental and spiritual health. That includes physical health, but so much more. During the next year we’re also looking at emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual, environmental and occupational health, and how we all can work to help ourselves and each other.

There are many resources at GRCC to help all of these types of wellness. Each week, we’ll introduce you to people and places here on campus ready to support you on your wellness journey.

Swimming isn’t just for summer at the beach. It’s a great, low-impact form of exercise that is available free to employees right here on the GRCC campus.

The GRCC natatorium is located on the northeast side of the Gerald R. Ford Field House and is available for lap swimming and water exercise once we return from break.

Madeline Dyer, GRCC’s aquatics director, has been with the college for five years. She was a member of the Grandville swim and water polo teams, and is working on a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Ferris State University.

She oversees a team of lifeguards and a six-lane, 25-yard pool that is a comfortable 81 degrees at all times.

The facility has an aquatic lift to ensure accessibility and has equipment available including kickboards, fins, pull buoys, water weights, and aqua-joggers.

There are many physical and mental benefits of swimming. Author Jenny McCoy’s Nov. 17 2021 article on the Self website notes swimming is great for people who are just starting their exercise routines or those looking for advanced cardio workouts.

McCoy notes swimming is an accessible, lifelong activity that helps with heart and lung health in addition to building muscles from head to toe. The low-impact nature of the activity is easier on joints than running.

GRCC’s pool offers lap swimming, water exercise, youth competitive swimming, U.S. Masters Swimming and American Red Cross Lifeguard training to all members of the Grand Rapids community. 

GRCC’s pool serves as a classroom during the academic year, as GRCC’s Exercise Science Department hosts Water Aerobics classes.

If you have questions about our hours of operation, please call our pool deck phone (616) 234-3505 or the main office (616) 234-3990. Additional details are here.

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