Adapted Aquatics is a program designed for children and adults with neurological, developmental and cognitive challenges. This program is a
great introduction to the water and its benefits. Participants are introduced to the water gradually through instructor assisted open swim and then transitioned into instructor led activities in a quiet setting that will enable them to focus. Our pool will be heated consistently to 83-85 degrees.
During this 45-minute block of time, individuals can enter the water with a family member, or alone, at their own pace. Professional lifeguards will maintain vigilance during the program and multiple Swim Instructors will be in the water the entire time to assist with open swim and teach lessons. Once the individual has adapted to the pool and pool setting, one of our swim instructors will conduct a lesson, in a group or individually for around 30 minutes. After that, instructor assisted open swim will resume for the last 15 minutes of class. If a lesson is not appropriate or wanted at the time, the individual can choose to move/exercise in the water as they please.
Goals of the Adapted Aquatics program include:
Allowing individuals to move their bodies in ways that may be difficult
for them on land
Building strength, increasing cardiovascular endurance and improving motor planning skills
Providing opportunities for continued social interaction with family,
friends and instructors
Providing a sense of freedom to individuals who require physical assistance through water therapy, while encouraging them to engage in physical challenges
For safety purposes, we ask that individuals who are known to have
seizures wear a red bathing cap. All persons who are incontinent or not
toilet trained must be in swim diapers before entering the pool