Go here to see the details for the MS Aquatics Program Series in Traverse City.
- Look for a class that is held by a qualified instructor (WFI/WSI or equivalent training) and NMSS training preferred, with a lifeguard on duty.
- Water temperature should ideally be between 80 to 84 degrees.
- Observe a class before you get into the water.
- Class size is preferably at 5-6 students per instructor.
- Acquaint yourself with the building. Learn where locker rooms, restrooms, and parking are located so that you don’t waste time and energy the next time you visit.
- Wear your bathing suit to class to save time and energy.
- Bring dry clothes to change.
- Notify the instructor if you need help dressing, undressing, or if you need assistance getting in and out of the pool. Call ahead to the facility to see if this help is provided.
- Pool shoes are highly recommended. Pool shoes are available at Avia, Ryka, K-Mart, Walmart, or sporting goods stores to help protect your feet and increase stability while walking on the pool deck.
- Don’t force your body to make movements that are too difficult or painful.
- Perform exercises at a normal or slow rate of speed rather than fast or forceful, regardless of how good you feel or how simple the exercise may appear. Exercise in your comfort zone, not the speed and intensity of the person beside you. You will all have “good” days and “bad” days.
- Stop if pain, dizziness, spasticity, or other problems occur and ask for assistance out of the pool.
- Your first class should be only 15 minutes. Progress to 17 minutes next class, 19, etc., until you can participate for the entire class.
- Stop when you are tired, not when the class is done. Fatigue may occur after class rather than during class, so take it easy. If you are too tired to carry on your normal routine afterany exercise class, then cut back on your exercise time, and most of all
Contact the National MS Society-Michigan Chapter at 1-800-344-4867, option 1 for information on aquatic and exercise programs in your area