Welcome to Adapted Aquatics Program
Classes for adults and children with disabilities to master aquatic safety and swimming skills
The Park Authority's award-winning Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity program for adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. This success-oriented program is designed for those who are not yet ready for the inclusive environment of standard classes. Adapted Aquatics aims to develop basic swim skills in a structured setting with support from trained volunteers who work one-on-one with students. The only requirement for volunteering is a willing heart and a commitment to a class series of eight or 10 weeks. Volunteers work alongside trained instructors to provide one-on-one support for class participants. You don't have to be an expert swimmer; all you need is to be comfortable in the water!
Nicole Woodward, Adapted Aquatics Program Manager
Classes are held at...
Welcome to Fairfax County's Adapted Aquatics Volunteer training Program. We are currently offering a set of at home information session to be reviewed at your own pace. Volunteers will be directly supervised by trained aquatics instructors and receive hands-on training in the pool. We have volunteer shifts at almost all RECenters around the county and classes run year round. You will need to complete this process at home and then contact The Program Manager or Volunteer Manager to schedule your first day at the pools!
***All volunteers must first be registered with Fairfax
County's Volunteer Management System***
Volunteers can register and apply to be an adapted aquatics volunteer here:
Complete the mandatory all-county volunteer trainings found here:
A signed and completed copy of the "safety sign-off" must be returned to the volunteer manager via email or fax at 703-324-3976.
In addition, please review the following adapted aquatics training workbook to become familiar with the program and what to expect:
Once you have completed the workbook and submitted your personal contact information to us you will be ready to visit the pool of your choice. On your first day in the water, we will have you mentored by veteran volunteers or shadowing the instructor of the class. You will be guided through our water activities and routines. Once this is completed you are ready to join our ranks and empower the lives of our students. Thank you so much for your time and effort! We can't wait to see you at the pools!
Nicole Woodward, Adapted Aquatics Program Manager
Adapted Aquatic Program's
2015 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year
Ken supports two of our Adapted Aquatics programs at Providence and Spring Hill RECenters. Every Friday and Sunday you will find Ken in the water. The Aqua Fitness water exercise program is intended for a special class of swimmer that has acquired a disability. It takes the right recipe of psychical support, humor, and friendship for participants to exert themselves beyond their comfort zone. The line between volunteer and swimmer is purposely blurred to create an environment where peer relationships are created to help motivate both swimmers and volunteers. Ken is the critical and key element to ensuring success in this environment.
He is the first to connect with swimmers for who they are as individuals and not their physical limitations. His efforts are unique and surpass the forty-five minute class time. He has helped facilitate other volunteers by mentoring and assisting with difficult situations. Ken is dedicated to opening as many doors as possible for individuals with disabilities and has faithfully contributed over 500 hours of volunteer service to the Park Authority.
Our customers and swimmers have benefited from his enthusiasm, and engagement and ability to form long lasting relationships with swimmers. Ken has the ability to connect with students that are challenging to build a relationship with. The connections stem from a strong bond that is based on trust. Congratulations Ken and thank you for your continued support!
THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ...Free RECenter facility use: *Park Services and *Resource Management volunteers who maintain an average of four hours of service per week or three weekly classes per class session as an Adapted Aquatics assistant, can use ANY RECenter's general facilities free of charge.
Free RECenter classes: *Park Service and *Resource Management volunteers who have served a minimum of 32 hours and maintain an average of eight hours of service per week, or volunteer as an Adapted Aquatics assistant for four weekly classes, per class session are eligible to take one free FCPA Parktakes class per session on a space available basis.
Family Discount Pass: All FCPA volunteers are entitled to purchase a 25-visit pass for their family use to any RECenter at a special county employee rate.
Ten Percent Merchandise Discount: *Park Service, *Resource Management and *Golf volunteers who serve four or more hours each month are entitled to a 10% merchandise discount, some exclusions apply.
Fairfax County Credit Union Membership: Any active FCPA volunteer is entitled to free credit union membership.
*Park Services includes; RECenters, Lakefronts, Turner Farm, and Clemyjontri parks. RMD includes; Nature, History, Farm and garden sites. Golf includes; all FCPA Golf sites.