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...
Adapted Aquatics Schedule:
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!
How To Become a Volunteer:*** Volunteers must be at least 16 years old or 14 years old if accompanied by a parent/guardian ***
Step 1: All volunteers must first be registered with Fairfax County's Volunteer Managemt System
Step 2: Volunteers must APPLY for current opportunities in the Adapted Aquatics Program
Step 3: Volunteer applicants must review and complete the required online training for Adapted Aquatics and Mandatory Training for All FCPA Volunteers found at Volunteer Training
Step 5: Schedule a "shadowing shift" for your first day at the pool. Confirm with the volunteer manager when your first available date is. The volunteer manager will confirm the location and time of your shift and provide details about where and when to meet the class instructor.
Step 6: Confirm your commitment and begin volunteering weekly.
Volunteers can register and apply to be an adapted aquatics volunteer here:
Nicole Woodward, Adapted Aquatics Program Manager
Adapted Aquatic Program's
2016 Outstanding Volunteer
of the Year
Antara has demonstrated outstanding commitment to volunteerism with the Park Authority's Adapted Programs. In her role as an Adapted Aquatics Volunteer, Antara jumps into the pool each week to assist class instructors and provide encouraging and engaging instruction to individuals with disabilities as they learn how to swim. Antara is always willing to take on new or challenging tasks while maintaining a positive attitude. Her perpetual positivity combined with her professionalism and patience has made her a fantastic role model to fellow volunteers.
Antara consistently goes above and beyond arriving early to help the instructor gather equipment and prepare for class and stays after class to help put supplies away. Furthermore, she is always willing to step-up and take on a new volunteer shift when the need arises. In the past year, Antara has volunteered with several programs and touched the lives of many customers all around Fairfax County! She has volunteered with the Children's, Teens, and Adults classes at Providence RECenter as well as Teens and Adults and Special Olympics Swim Team Program at Oak Marr RECenter. In addition, Antara has volunteered with the Adapted Kayaking Program at Riverbend Park supporting individuals with disabilities as they learn how to be safe and successful paddlers.
The customers that Antara works with look forward to swimming with her and learning from her each week. She comes up with creative ways to teach our participants has helped some of the Park Authority's youngest customers learn how to swim and stay safe around pools. Antara has been an awesome asset to our team of volunteers and the Adapted Aquatics programs has been honored to have her! Congratulations Antara on your nomination of Outstanding Volunteer of the Year for the Adapted aquatics program!
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.