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...
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!
- Please read this powerpoint.
- Please complete this workbook.
- 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.email@example.com
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.
THE BENEFITS OF VOLUNTEERING ...Free RECenter facility use: 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 their RECenter’s general facilities free of charge
Community Park Benefits: Currently active Community park volunteers who have consistently maintained an average of four hours of service per week can use EITHER the Free RECenter facility Use of the partnering RECenter, OR their site’s Community Park benefit.
Free RECenter classes: 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 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.