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Leisure Services for Individuals with Disabilities: Adapted Aquatics


Adapted Aquatics The Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity program for customers with physical and developmental disabilities. This success-oriented program targets individuals who do not currently meet the prerequisites for participating in an inclusive environment. The program is designed to develop basic swim skills in a structured setting with one-on-one support from trained volunteers and family support in the water.

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Adapted Aquatics Schedule
Adapted Aquatics Schedule - Spring
Adapted Aquatics Schedule - Summer

 

 

Fairfax County Park Authority is pleased you are considering our Adapted Aquatics Program. Our classes are geared for swimmers that need 1 on 1 support because of any one or combination of the following:  physical assistance, behavioral, sensory, cognitive, expressive or receptive language needs. Red Cross instructors and trained volunteers lead participants through a range of water experience that encourage independence in the water, socializing and specific swimming or exercise skills and routines. We do provide a great deal of assistance in the water with trained volunteers, however we do need families to commit to the following:

  1. MOST Importantly, we have very dedicated volunteers but they are not always able to be a the pool every Saturday or Sunday. We need families to commit to having one caregiver ready every weekend to help assist with the lesson when we have an insufficient number of volunteers. Please bring a swimsuit to assist when required.
  2. It is important you arrive and report to your instructor on time and ready to swim. Students are matched with volunteers in the first 5-10 minutes of a class. After 15 minutes of the class has elapsed, we cannot assure that a volunteer will be available for your swimmer. We would love to include them in our class with a family member support them during the remainder of the class.
  3. Caregivers, please stay on the observational level within eye contact of the class in case your help is needed.


Weather Information:
Fairfax County Park Authority will close for weather related issues. Classes will be canceled if Fairfax County Public Schools closes or cancels weekend activities. ReCenter Facilities may be open to the public but recreational classes will not be held. You may not receive immediate notification of closings based of the large number of classes help with in the county. Please be diligent about checking public news sources about school closures.

First Day of Class:
On the first day of class, please check in at the front desk of your desired ReCenter. Then head through the locker rooms. There is generally only one family locker room, so be prepared to wait. Report on deck and find the gathering location for Adapted Aquatics. Be prepare to fill out a Student information sheet on your swimmer during the first class. Also you should receive a county schedule. Please make sure you keep that centrally located so you can reference it throughout the swim session.

To register online, click the program title below. All you need is your member number (or barcode number), a valid email address and a Visa or MasterCard. Not a member yet? Sign up today! or call 703-222-4664.


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