Special Needs Swimming

Special Needs Swimming

We are not currently running special needs swimming, but our Main Pool has reopened for lap swimmers! Please visit our reopening page for more information.

Penguins Adaptive Aquatics

Halliwick Concept: Water-Based Supportive Therapy

For Infants-Adults. The Halliwick Concept is a water-based supportive therapy that shares similar goals with physical, occupational, and speech land therapies. Swimmers will work toward gaining independence in the water and meeting functional living goals on land. All swimmers will be given a formal intake and placed in a group or with a trained practitioner for 1:1 sessions.

Penguins Level 1 (Beginner)

Swimmers will practice safe entry and exit of the pool, back floats, breath control, and independent water exploration. Using water-based motor skills and proper breath control, children will work toward independence using flutter kicks, freestyle, and backstroke arm strokes.

Penguins Level 2 (Intermediate)

Swimmers will practice safe entry and exit of the pool, breath control, submerging to the bottom, and elementary backstroke. Emphasis will be placed on combined proper stroke work and endurance for freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and dolphin kick. Attention will be paid to proper pool etiquette and understanding how to use swimming as a form of fitness.

Penguins Level 3 (Advanced)

Swimmers will continue to practice safe entry and exit of the pool and extended breath control and will learn life-saving skills. This class emphasizes stroke refinement, building endurance, and following a workout for competition readiness.

For more information please email Caitlin Boker.

Scholarships for our adaptive swim programs are supported with a generous grant by Autism Speaks.

Help us continue to ensure accessible programming for everyone. Please support Special Needs programming at the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan.