Aquatics | Specialty Aquatics Programs


Specialty Aquatics Programs                               

Adaptive Swim 

The Y is proud to offer the best in swimming lessons & water safety to all ages & abilites of individuals in our community. Our instructors are trained in how to work with & adapt for swimmers with exceptionalities. Prior to each program participants are asked to fill out a short survey to help us better prepare for our time together. Program space is closed to the general public to provide the best environment possible for learning & having fun. All programs require registration unless otherwise noted.

Adaptive Swim Camps

Adaptive Swim Camps are designed for individuals with special needs. The camps consist of weekly sessions where the first half hour is a swim lesson & the second half hour is open swim. Boys & girls ages 3 to 18 with Autism, Down syndrome and/or sensory related disorders are invited to participate in this program. Children of all swimming abilities are welcome. Adaptive toys & equipment will be available & in use during swim camps.

Adaptive Swim Lessons

Join dedicated swim instructors specializing in swim skills & safety for this calm & quiet session designed for children with Down syndrome, Autism & sensory related disorders. Since these lessons happen in a small group setting (Preschoolers: 3 participants & School age: 3 participants), we require a guardian in the water for the lesson if your child does not prefer group settings. 

Adaptive Open Swims

Adaptive Open Swims are designed for individuals with special needs & their families. Boys & girls ages 3 to 18 with Autism, Down syndrome and/or sensory related disorders are invited to participate in this free event that promotes swimming & water safety. Children of all swimming abilities are welcome. Parent(s) or caregiver participation is required. Adaptive toys & equipment will be available & limited staff will be in the water to interact with all who come!

*No registration required*

Private & Dual lessons

If you would like your child to have more 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 instructor attention we offer private lessons & specific staff who work more frequently with those with special needs.

Private swim lessons are a great way for adults & kids to achieve specific goals, catch up to their age group or receive individualized attention on a flexible schedule.  

For NEW private lesson participants register online or with Membership Services & your assigned instructor will contact you to arrange lesson times based on your schedule needs. This may take up to two weeks depending on instructor availability.

*Limited space available* 

For RENEWING private lesson participants, who are currently with an instructor, please renew your lessons at our Member Services Desk.

Dual lessons are also available. These are similar to private lessons but allow for two swimmers of equal skill level to learn together. Both participants must purchase a separate dual session.

Private Lesson Fees: Members - $100 for a session of 4, or $175 for a session of 8. Non-Members - $200 for a session of 4, or $350 for a session of 8

Dual Private Lessons Fees: Members - $60 per participant for a session of 4, or $105 for a session of 8. Non-Members - $120 per participant for a session of 4 or $210 a session of 8 

Contact Christy at christy.cameron@bismarckymca.org for more information. 



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