Swimming can be one of the best activities to increase range of motion, strengthen the body, provide relaxation, or just have fun. We have always known about the rehabilitative benefits of water exercise for adults with injuries or chronic conditions such as arthritis.
For children with disabilities, the benefits of water are enormous. Swimming is one of the few sports or recreational activities they can fully participate in regardless of physical abilities.
People with multiple disabilities, developmental delays, Autism, vision and hearing impairments, and learning disabilities can all gain much from an adapted aquatics program.
For children with disabilities, water activities allow them to participate in an environment where it is easy to succeed. Children, who are often separated from others by their differences, are suddenly on “equal footing” in their swim class. Group activities and normal spontaneous social interaction are extremely easy in the water.
At our Y we believe in inclusion. Quite simply, children with special needs are not placed in a separate class but are assimilated into all of our regular programming. From Parent/Child classes for the very young to Swim Team, kids with different challenges are participating in our programs every day.
We have experienced and trained staff who are prepared to work with a variety of special needs. Using instructor aides and volunteers we are able to modify strokes, adjust requirements, and give additional support when needed. Adapted Aquatics at the Bath Y, means adapting to meet the needs of all of our members and participants.