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Deep Water Running

Deep Water Running is a non-impact form of running done in place in the water wearing a flotation belt. Move your arms and legs as though you're running on land; the water adds another layer of challenge to the workout.

This seven-week course is directed by Robert J. Valentin, the founder and program director of Blue Ocean Swimming. Valentin has more than 25 years of experience empowering beginners to overcome their fear of the water and motivating and training all types of athletes to help them achieve their goals.


  • Non-impact exercise for aerobic fitness
  • Simulates land running and provides cross-training for runners
  • Class sessions include imaginary cross country courses, interval training, hill pacing, and sprint
  • Beginners welcome
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There are Monday evening (7:00 p.m.), Wednesday evening (6:45 p.m.), and Thursday evening (7:00 p.m.) sessions;  seven classes per session. You may register for only one class per week and your commitment to that scheduled class is for the full seven-class session.

SessionDayStart Date
CDW-14AMondayJanuary 6
CDW-14BWednesdayJanuary 8
CDW-14CThursdayJanuary 9
CDW-14DWednesdayFebruary 26
CDW-14EThursdayFebruary 27
CDW-14FMondayMarch 10
CDW-14GWednesdayApril 16
CDW-14HThursdayApril 17
CDW-14IMondayApril 28
CDW-14JWednesdayJune 4
CDW-14KThursdayJune 5
CDW-14LMondayJune 23
CDW-14MWednesdayJuly 23
CDW-14NThursdayJuly 24
CDW-14OMondayAugust 11
CDW-14PWednesdaySeptember 10
CDW-14QThursdaySeptember 11
CDW-14RMondayOctober 6


Monday session:
7:00 p.m.
John Jay College, 899 10th Avenue (between West 58th and 59th streets). Take the escalator down one level and then take the elevator to the basement. The pool is on the left.

Wednesday session:
6:45 p.m.
St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue (50th Street)

Thursday session:
7:00 p.m.
St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue (50th Street)

Classes are 45 minutes and limited to 30 participants. Each class consists of a stretching and strengthening warm-up, a 30-minute aerobic workout, and a cool-down of gentle stretching. Because Deep Water Running is stationary, people of all levels can be in class side by side. (There are no make-up classes after the session ends.)

What to Wear/What to Bring
Bring a bathing suit and towel. A water bottle is recommended. Flotation belts are provided, and locker rooms and showers are available.

Per session:
NYRR Members: $150
Non-Members: $160

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