Are you looking for a place to take your special needs child swimming? Are you interested in finding aquatic lessons that are geared for disabled persons? In the city of Long Beach there are some programs to meet your needs.
The California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center, Inc. (CATWC) formerly called California Pools of Hope, offers both recreational and specialized swimming programs for disabled persons .
Currently, I have my two autistic sons enrolled in weekly swimming lessons there. The instructors are trained to work with children and adults with a range of developmental and physical disabilities.
A yearlong membership is $75. There is a fee of $2 per visit as well. Considering the benefits (unlimited visits and indoor heated pools), the price is quite a bargain!
Each week, both of my children receive a 30-minute private swim lesson with a qualified instructor. The instructors are patient and understanding when working with my children.
My youngest son was actually terrified of being in any body of water larger than a bathtub. He would become panicky when his face got wet. Now he’s jumping in the pool and going underwater!
My 8- year old has always enjoyed the water. He has become very adept at practicing and perfecting his swim skills.
Our weekly visit to CATWC is the highlight of their Saturday.
Located in north Long Beach, The California Aquatic Therapy and Wellness Center is a wonderful place for children and adults with mild to severe mental or physical disabilities.
The Fairfield YMCA is another great place to take your kids for swimming lessons. Located in the Bixby Knolls neighborhood of Long Beach, the Fairfield YMCA offers swimming lessons for youth and adults alike.
Swim lessons for members start at $40 for an individual class. The price is $48 for non-members. If you’re interested in private lessons, they charge $100 for a 5-session lesson for members ($125 for non-members).
I actually started my oldest son at Fairfield for summer swim lessons. They offered 4 swimming lessons for $65. After eight weeks, I realized my son needed much more time and an instructor who had experience working with special needs persons.
Although the YMCA instructor was good, the cost of continuing my son’s lesson there was the deciding factor in changing venues. However, I would still recommend it as a great place to go for swim lessons.
The City of Long Beach Park and Recreation also runs three community pools. There are located at Belmont, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Silverado Park.
When I first began searching for places to take my boys for swimming lessons, I called the City of Long Beach. They didn’t offer any specialized classes for developmentally disabled persons, but they did offer accommodations such as private lessons or smaller class sizes.
Their swim lesson prices range from $42 for youth and $50 for adults. A swim class consists of between 6-8 lessons in either small groups or for an individual. In these tight fiscal times, it’s good to know that Long Beach is still maintaining their community aquatic programs for reasonable fees.
Special Programs for Special People
For many special needs families it can be difficult to find programs that will accommodate or accept our children. We struggle to find activities which our children will enjoy and be successful.
If you are the parent of a special needs person in Long Beach, CA, you’ll be glad to know here in our city, there are some great options available if you are looking for aquatic programs for your disabled family member.