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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.)January 20St. Bart's Church
16BThursdayJanuary 21St. Bart's Church
16CMondayJanuary 25John Jay College
16D-AWednesday (a.m.)February 2492nd Street Y
16EFridayFebruary 2692nd Street Y
16FWednesday (p.m.)March 9St. Bart's Church
16GThursdayMarch 10St. Bart's Church
16HMondayMarch 14St. Bart's Church
16H-AWednesday (a.m.)April 1392nd Street Y
16IFridayApril 1592nd Street Y
16JWednesday (p.m.)April 27St. Bart's Church
16KThursdayApril 28St. Bart's Church
16K-AWednesday (a.m.)June 892nd Street Y
16LWednesday (p.m.)June 15St. Bart's Church
16MThursdayJune 16St. Bart's Church
16NMondayJune 20John Jay College
16OFridayJune 2492nd Street Y
16PWednesday (p.m.)August 3St. Bart's Church
16QThursdayAugust 4St. Bart's Church
16RMondayAugust 15John Jay College
16SWednesday (p.m.)September 21St. Bart's Church
16TThursdaySeptember 22St. Bart's Church
16UMondayOctober 3John Jay College
16VWednesday (p.m.)November 9St. Bart's Church
16WThursdayNovember 10St. Bart's Church
16XMondayNovember 21John 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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