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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. You don’t have to be an expert swimmer; all you need is to be comfortable in the water.

Leeann David, Adapted Aquatics Program Manager

Classes are held at...


Audrey Moore RECenter
Cub Run RECenter
Lee District RECenter
Mt. Vernon RECenter
Oak Marr RECenter
Providence RECenter
South Run RECenter
Spring Hill RECenter

Adapted Aquatics Schedule
Adapted Aquatics Schedule

Volunteer Application Check for current volunteer opportunities

Welcome to Fairfax County's Adapted Aquatics Volunteer training Program. We are currently offering a set of at home information session to be completed at your own pace. We are excited to offer volunteer shifts at the following pools: Audrey Moore, Cub Run, Lee District, Oak Marr, Providence, South Run and Spring Hill. You will need to complete this three step process at home and then contact The Program Manager or Volunteer Manager to schedule your first day at the pools!

  1. Please read this powerpoint.
  2. Please complete this workbook.
  3. Please fill out personal information contact here

Once you have read the PowerPoint, 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 most likely 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!
Program Manager: LeeAnn David: 703-324-8565 : Leeann.david@fairfaxcounty.gov

Jael Marecla Abdelwahed


Jael Marecla Abdelwahed
Adapted Aquatic Program’s
2014 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year

Adapted Aquatics is an individualized swimming and water activity program for adults and children with physical and developmental disabilities. Jael has worked at South Run RECenter for six years as an Adapted Aquatics assistant, and supports all six of these classes every Saturday morning. She has been a faithful volunteer, providing over 1,000 hours of volunteer service, and has even filled in for absent volunteers at other locations and during non-shift hours.

In addition to successfully communicating with the RECenter's hearing impaired clients, Jael is multi-lingual, which is a valuable asset given a diverse student population. Her calm demeanor has a soothing effect that makes her successful with even the most challenged student.

Jael also works as a bus driver for the special needs students of Fairfax County, and she is frequently able to connect with students she knows from her "day job." Jael focuses on continued growth, and forms long lasting relationships with her participants that often last for years. She has been able to form strong bonds based on trust. For her enthusiasm, spirit, and hard work the Adapted Aquatics Program is pleased to name Jael Abdelwahed Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.


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.

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