Recope is a fun and supportive exercise program for adults of all ages with medical challenges.
Recope offers land and pool exercise classes.
The Land Class focuses on posture, balance, flexibility and strength. Stretching and exercises are done using a combination of chair and standing activities. More Information...
The Water Class uses a combination of personalized exercises, water walking, deep water traction and relaxation, plus shallow and deep water aquafit instruction. More Information...
Recope Program Times
Mondays & Wednesdays & Fridays
Land Classes - 9:40 - 10:30 am
- 10:40 - 11:30
Water Classes 6 classes with staggered start times between 9:20 and 10:55
Summerland Aquatic & Fitness Center 13205 Kelly Avenue, Summerland
How to move better, feel better, live better
Everyone knows exercise helps maintain health, but is exercise safe when recovering from illness, persistent pain, surgery or ravages of hard work and aging?
After an injury or illness, rest is important during the initial recovery, but it is vital to get moving again if you want to reclaim your former abilities.
Movement and muscle contractions lead to improved circulation and respiration which remove toxins and bring nutrients and oxygen to aid in repairing ailing body tissues. Healthier tissue leads to increased strength, decreased pain and an improved sense of wellness.
But how to get moving when you are stiff, sore and sick? Gradually and with movement that doesn't cause more pain. Being able to move without pain leads to moving more freely and enthusiastically which begins the heeling process. We can show you how to do just that given your individual health concerns. Recope's team will assess, recommend and monitor your reintroduction to exercise.
You can do it! Exercise to reclaim your health and active lifestyle...move better, feel better, live better !
What People are Saying about Recope
“Recope changed my life”
“Recope has been a godsend”
“Been a life saver”
“They care, we benefit”
“Recope got me moving and took my pain away – without a drop of sweat!”
“I have never felt so energized”
“Shoulder issue is gone”
“Sciatica and weak back are under control with this program”
“Being in the water gives one a great sense of easy movement and freedom”
“I can't believe how quickly I regained my strength and endurance”
“A friendly non-competitive atmosphere”
“My joints are feeling much more supple & it's a delight to be able to move without the pull of gravity and with reduced pain”
“Recope has helped me to feel a sense of hope in facing major health challenges”
“I recommend anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing to go to Recope!”
“Regaining mobility lead to a new enthusiasm for life”
I cannot say enough good things about Recope! I first started going after I was in a motor vehicle accident 2 years ago. At the time I was 25 and broke my pelvis and back. I found staying positive, staying social, gaining strength and flexibility were the most challenging aspects of recovery. Recope helped me with all these challenges. Since going to Recope, I have had the pleasure of working for Recope. I have noticed how Recope has helped others in the same way it has helped me.
I work in health care and I found Jean’s knowledge and skills to be exceptional. The staff and volunteers are uplifting and welcoming. The regulars (and non-regulars) make going to Recope fun and engaging.
We are so lucky to have a well run, affordable rehabilitation option for the community of Summerland! It really is changing lives in the most positive way.
D. H. RMT
In a word? Recope "changed" my life. Last year at this time, I was 63 & felt 93 with debilitating fibromyalgia. I have regained my ability to climb up & down stairs, even carrying the laundry basket. I can once again sit easily on the floor & actually get up without help! My flexibility & strength are increasing & life no longer seems like a discouraging dark tunnel stretching ahead of me. Recope classes are so important to me that I now commute an hour each way three times a week to attend. I only wish the pool was bigger because I'm absolutely convinced so many people could enjoy more out of life with the help of this program.
Recope program has been a life saver for me to continue to move. I cannot walk or stand in one spot without severe pain. Being in the water and attending this program has helped my muscles to continue to move with a lot less pain. Without this program I feel my muscles would seize up and become very stiff not enabling any mobility. We must always strive to continue to move.
I have recommended this program to many friends and even people I do not know. I shall always continue to attend this program.
It is a great feeling that you can always ask questions and even change your exercise routine to suit your needs.
This Recope program has done more for me, than the 8 years of physio treatments. A simple thank you is not enough to express my gratitude.
Thanks to the Recope program I have never felt so energized. Recope got me moving and took my pain away – without a drop of sweat! The instructors are great and everyone is so friendly. The Recope Program is fantastic.
I enjoy the friendship. The program and the instructors are awesome and always helpful with whatever the clients’ needs are. My reason for going is prevention of arthritis mainly and the exercises are extremely helpful. Shoulder issue is gone due to the exercises the occupational therapist taught me to do. Sciatica and weak back are under control with this program.
I started going to Recope about 3 yrs. ago I wanted to be strong for my knee surgery - my new knee will be a year old Dec 5th. What a difference Recope makes in your life! Wonderful staff, helpful people, I tell people about Recope every day. Doctors highly recommend the exercise for before and after surgery.
I am so thankful I learned about the Recope program. Everyone, from the staff to the volunteers, is extremely supportive and it is such a positive place to be. Jean showed me how to stand which has alleviated the some of the pain in my back and it feels sooo good to be more flexible all over.
I am new to Summerland and the bonus has been that I have met a great group of people in the pool and my clothes are a little looser than they were a couple of months ago.
I began attending Recope 18 months ago, about 5 months after major back surgery. My surgeon told me that there was so much damage he could not promise me anything in terms of recovery. He didn’t think I would walk again but said to try to do as much as I could.
It meant a lot to me when my GP referred me to Recope so I would be able to get back in the pool which I love. I was able to begin exercising in the water and also have the support of both the Recope staff and all the “fellow Recopers”!
Now I am walking and able to swim 12 laps non-stop. At a follow-up visit the neurologist said he was extremely surprised by my recovery as he would have expected me to be permanently in a wheelchair. Recope played such a large part in helping and encouraging me to persevere; so, my success is Recope’s success also. It is now two years since my surgery, and I want to thank Recope for being there with me through a very difficult time in my life.
At fifteen polio left me with major paralysis in my legs. Two years of physiotherapy took me from a wheel chair to crutches and a leg brace. The rest of my life has been tailored around that limitation.
As I approached retirement post-polio symptoms started to reduce the mobility skills that I had worked hard to develop. Specialists and support groups told me that moderate exercise was essential to maintain the muscle strength I still had. When I learned of RECOPE, I asked my family doctor about it. He recommended the program highly and at my first session I worked out an exercise plan with a physiotherapist.
Since without my braces and crutches I have no mobility I was assigned an assistant to help me get from the change room to the pool. We trained each other in how to make that transfer as simple as possible. In the water I experience a freedom to move unknown in any other part of my life.
Twenty minutes in the pool three times a week has been enough for me to maintain the mobility I was losing. With that gain came a new enthusiasm for life.
The Recope program at the Summerland Aquatic Centre has helped me to feel a sense of hope in facing the challenges of being debilitated by the aftermath of knee surgery, chemotherapy, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. The Occupational Therapist motivated me to take it slow when rebuilding one’s strength to heal the body, and when I attend on a regular basis, I see results. I found that exercising in the water is gentle and effective. And the team at the pool allow you to go at your own pace while the OT guides you through your personal therapy needs. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to overcome their physically debilitating conditions.
When I first started in the Recope land class, I couldn’t believe how great my body felt the next day. All my joints were loser and it was easier to move around. I’d been having sciatica problems, and that also felt much better, getting my hip stretched out a bit.
The social level of Recope is an asset. Its always smiling faces and fun, and the teachers are fantastic. Always paying attention to how each of us is doing.
I can't believe how quickly I gained my strength and endurance back after the two major surgeries, a major spine repair and a new knee, by attending Recope. The program helps with my balance and the people have become friends. I always feel better when I can get to the pool, both emotionally and physically.
I started Recope in July 2018 after being told I needed both knees replaced. I had given up walking because the pain was so severe & was losing strength & energy. I'm happy to report that my energy & strength have improved & best of all, the flexibility in my right knee has improved tremendously--last week I could actually take hold of my right heel while standing on the left foot for the first time in years!
My joints are feeling much more supple & it's a delight to be able to move without the pull of gravity and with reduced pain. I recommend anyone who wants to improve their wellbeing to go to Recope!
The Recope program has been a godsend to me. I was getting so weak that I couldn’t tie my shoelaces. After two months, I can do that and a lot more. I would highly recommend this program. I am 77 years of age and am starting to feel better than I have in a long time.
I’m not sure if this is a testimonial, but I truly enjoy my pool time. Some of the exercises I’m not doing due to different “aches” ha ha, but just moving and being in a supportive atmosphere really helps me get there (not as often as I would like…)
The exercise leaders are fun to work with, the staff are great for hearing about what hurts, and giving suggestions as to which exercises are good for that particularly sore spot.
The staff even support you if you just need to relax in the pool and “hang”. Thanks to you All!
Recope turned my world around, the water program has improved my mobility 100%. It’s a program I recommend to all aging or not so aging people. The motto if you don’t use it you will lose it is so true. Thanks Recope for changing my mobility.
I can't tell you how happy I am with the progress I made at Recope. In a couple of months you had me walking again without a cane and feeling a lot better. I hadn't realized how stooped I had become. All this came about after I was diagnosed with Parkinson's Syndrome". I intend to keep going to Recope for a long, long time. I regained my self-confidence and life is good. I also saw the fantastic work Recope did on other people a lot worse off than me. It made me sit up and pay attention. I recommend coming to the classes as often as you can. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Recope benefits me in two equally important ways. First, it provides me with a customized program which has aided my recovery. Second, it surrounds me with people fully committed to self help, who provide support and inspiration. I consider Recope to be a unique and invaluable asset to our community.
I would be lying if I said I loved getting up in the morning to go to Recope, because I loathe exercise. What would be absolutely true is that every time I leave a session, I am very glad I attended. It combines all kinds of stretching, cardio, and weight lifting that are very appropriate for my age. There is no pressure by fellow attendees nor by the wonderful staff to overextend yourself. We all work at a pace comfortable for us. I think Recope has greatly helped me in maintaining my health and mobility. Well done staff.
Because of this program, I was able to exercise before and after my hip replacement surgery. I think it enabled me to recover much more quickly. I am again exercising in the pool before my second hip replacement. The Occupational therapist has been invaluable, explaining what and why I should do various movements to keep muscle tone and relieve pain. The sauna and hot tub are the reward for the exercise! It is an amazing program. We are very fortunate to have this in Summerland.
Recope has enabled my mother to become stronger in her walking and getting around in her daily lifestyle. It has enabled her to overcome the fear of water as she doesn't know how to swim and has been greatly encouraged by the staff. She looks forward to Recope and credits the program as to how much it has helped her. Thank You.
The classes were a huge benefit to my post surgery recovery. Cannot applaud the program too much! Given by thoughtful, caring and informed instructors, the program is ideal for post op, injuries or folks just not as fit as they once were! We are very lucky to have this program .... Please use it.
I have enjoyed Recope already for several years; I started because of Heart and Back problems. The exercises in the pool have really helped to stabilize and improve my condition, that is why Recope is so valuable to me but besides that, it is a very friendly and helpful environment, the staff makes it fun to be there, it also has a social aspect, I got to know new people and enjoy the monthly socials and other events.
I have attended Recope for well over a year. Without this program I would not have all the movement I have attained due to my medical problems. This program has kept me moving, which is a very important factor of life and health. I definitely will continue to go to the program, not being able to walk more than a block with pain, I have managed to exercise in the pool for 45 minutes. I Thanks everyone.
Recope has helped my mobility hugely this past year, also have met some wonderful caring people. Thank you to all the staff for this program.
It was amazing how it helped recoup from my knee surgery.
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