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Those with Special Needs Thrive in Adapted Aquatics

Parents of kids with physical limitations will testify that their children find a new sense of freedom when they are in the water. Adapted aquatics offer these kids and others with special needs, the freedom to enjoy the water with the safety of a volunteer when needed. Participants find their bodies move more easily so they can push to try new movements that might be too difficult to do on land. Adapted Aquatics offers participants the opportunity to build strength, improve cardiovascular endurance, and improve motor skills. They can learn new skills, learn how to better control their bodies, and always enjoy the opportunity for socialization.

Montgomery County offers four different Adapted Aquatics classes:

Lessons – Volunteer Assisted for Ages 4-15 (6 sessions, $55)
This class is limited to 8 students and each child will have an assigned volunteer with them at all times. All participants must fill out and sign the information and release form at the first class.
369879 starting 1/4 at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center from 9:45 – 10:25 am
369880 starting 1/4 at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center from 10:35 – 11:15 am

Lessons – Level 1 Ages 7-13 (6 sessions, $59)
This is a learn-to-swim program for kids who do not currently meet the prerequisites for participating in an inclusive class. Kids will develop basic swimming skills with the help of a parent or caregiver in the water for assistance.
369890 starting 1/6 at MLK Swim Center from 4:00 – 4:30 pm
369884 starting 1/6 at Olney Swim Center from 5:40 – 6:10 pm
369885 starting 1/7 at Germantown Indoor Swim Center from 4:15 – 4:45 pm

Lessons – Level 1 for Ages 14 and Up (6 sessions, $59)
For this class a parent or caregiver MUST enter the water and participate in class. This program is designed to teach basic swim skills in a structured setting under the guidance of an instructor with the support of a family member or caregiver. This class targets individuals who have not yet met the requirements for participating in an inclusive environment.
369883 starting 1/6 at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center from 10:45 – 11:15 am
369897 starting 1/10 at Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center from 10:45 – 11:15 am