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NYRR Deep Water Running

NYRR 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 morning (6:30 a.m.), Wednesday evening (6:45 p.m.), Thursday evening (7:00 p.m.), and Friday evening (6:30 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.

Session NameDay of the WeekStart DateLocation
16AWednesday (p.m.)20-JanSt. Bart's Church
16BThursday21-JanSt. Bart's Church
16CMonday25-JanJohn Jay College
16D-AWednesday (a.m.)24-Feb92nd Street Y
16EFriday26-Feb92nd Street Y
16FWednesday (p.m.)9-MarSt. Bart's Church
16GThursday10-MarSt. Bart's Church
16HMonday14-MarSt. Bart's Church
16H-AWednesday (a.m.)13-Apr92nd Street Y
16IFriday15-Apr92nd Street Y
16JWednesday27-AprSt. Bart's Church
16KThursday28-AprSt. Bart's Church
16K-AWednesday (a.m.)8-Jun92nd Street Y
16LWednesday (p.m.)14-JunSt. Bart's Church
16MThursday15-JunSt. Bart's Church
16NMonday20-JunJohn Jay College
16OFriday24-Jun92nd Street Y
16PWednesday (p.m.)3-AugSt. Bart's Church
16QThursday4-AugSt. Bart's Church
16RMonday15-AugJohn Jay College
16SWednesday (p.m.)21-SepSt. Bart's Church
16TThursday22-SepSt. Bart's Church
16UMonday3-OctJohn Jay College
16VWednesday (p.m.)9-NovSt. Bart's Church
16WThursday10-NovSt. Bart's Church
16XMonday21-NovJohn Jay College

Class Locations by Session

92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue

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.

St. Bartholomew’s Church, 325 Park Avenue (between East 50th and 51st streets)

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.

Fees Per Session
NYRR Members: $150
Non-Members: $160

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