Words by Hallie Saculla

With the need to maintain a healthy lifestyle at an all time high while in college, Kent State’s Student Recreation and Wellness Center features a high quality aquatics center with various methods to keep working out fun for students.

The SRWC prides itself on its modern natatorium, which features a 25-yard lap pool, leisure pool, rehabilitation vortex and spa. Along with the facilities are multiple opportunities for individuals of all ages to learn to swim and participate in group activities.

Swimming is a full-body workout that doesn’t cause impact on the body in any way. If you swim regularly, progress could be seen in under a month. Habitual swimming can provide endless positive health effects, some of which being a stronger heart and lower risk of stroke, arthritis and high blood pressure.

“Swimming builds muscle strength and improves cardiovascular fitness,” said Tahlia Pate, the SRWC’s aquatics coordinator. “Swimming can also target different muscles than machines can, so you get a different workout when you swim.”

While swimming can be recreational, it is a specialized skill with a specific form involved in the technique. One of Pate’s favorite factions of the aquatics center is the swim club. The swim club provides an opportunity for participants to take swimming to the next level. Welcoming all skill levels, the swim club provides coached practices, organized swim meets, training, mock competitions, newsletters and social activates for members.

Students can get involved in the swim club by registering for the program at the SRWC. Prices for the swim club start at $3 single entry pass, $30 for a 12-punch pass and $80 for an unlimited punch pass.

“Some people are more committed than others, so we decided options were more fitting rather than having one set price,” Pate said. “The single punch pass is for those wanting to try it or just attend practices sporadically. The 12-punch is for those wanting to participate maybe once per week, and the unlimited pass is for those wanting to attend most or all of the practices.”

With the various benefits of swimming and convenient accessibility of a state-of-the-art facility, the SRWC aquatics center provides opportunities for individuals of all ages to explore a new facet of campus while improving health for a stronger future.

Hallie Saculla is the fitness and recreation reporter for The Burr.