The YMCA is for everyone! We emphasize each person’s abilities and individuality by offering adaptive aquatics opportunities that foster independence while providing positive recreational and educational experiences.  Our qualified staff and community partners help individuals gain confidence, promote independence and responsibility, and nurture a healthy and active lifestyle.

Learn more about Aquatics programming for individuals with diverse abilities below!

Adaptive Fitness  NEW!

January 10 - May 22, 2024   |   Ages 14+

Check out new Adaptive Fitness events coming to the Y! These classes are catered to those with special needs, but inclusive to all! For those that need one-on-one assistance, caregiver participation is required. These activities are FREE for members and non-members are welcome too! No pre-registration required, but non-members will need to bring a photo ID and check in with the Member Services desk when they arrive. Hope to see you there! 

Date Event Time Location
First Wednesday of each month  Social Hour 7:30 - 8:30pm Fercho YMCA
Second Wednesday of each month  Adaptive Group Fitness 7:30 - 8:30pm Fercho YMCA, Studio B
Third Wednesday of each month Adaptive Water Exercise Class 7:30 - 8:30pm Fercho YMCA
Fourth Wednesday of each month  Adaptive Fitness Circuit 7:30 - 8:30pm Fercho YMCA, Studio B

Adaptive Swimming Lessons 

The YMCA is happy to provide Adaptive Swimming Lessons, to ensure participants of all needs and skill levels are able to learn water safety and enjoy the pool. These one-on-one lessons are for swimmers with special needs - including autism, sensory issues, physical disabilities, and more - and are tailored towards the skills of each participant. Instructors will communicate with parents even more than usual to ensure that each swimmer is working towards an agreed upon goal. Adaptive lessons are available for swimmers of all ages - from infants to adults!

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Our swim instructors have received Autism Friendly Community training through the North Dakota Autism Center, designating the YMCA Swim School as a Level 2 Autism Friendly Community Partner! Our swim instructors are excited to be able to provide a welcoming environment for swimmers of all abilities.

Adaptive Open Swim

We want everyone to be able to safely enjoy the pleasures of an aquatic environment! Our Lap Pool and Small Warm Water Pool include chair lifts for easy access into the pools. Additionally, our Small Warm Water Pool is kept at 87° - a temperature that is ideal for therapy. View open Adaptive Swim times on our schedule below.

 Aquatic Center Schedule

Caregiver and Me Art Class  NEW!

Fercho YMCA Youth Center   |   Members: $8, Non-Members: $12

This class is catered to those with diverse abilities, but inclusive to all! Caregiver participation is required!

Date Time Ages
Wednesday January 31, 2024 6:00 - 7:00pm  6 - 12

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Date Time Ages
Friday February 16, 2024 6:00 - 7:00pm  13+

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All-Inclusive Social Hour  FREE!

Friday February 23, 2024   |   6:30 - 8:00pm   |   Fercho YMCA Youth Center
Join us for an all-inclusive social hour! Activities include socializing with peers and playing bingo for prizes! Snacks will also be provided.

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Sensory-Friendly Pool Parties

Join us at the Fercho YMCA for a pool party everyone can enjoy! The sound system will be turned off in the Aquatic Center to minimize noise and provide a sensory-friendly environment. Swim instructors will be available to interact and have fun with kids in the water, to explain our adaptive swim program, and give a taste of YMCA Swim Lessons for interested individuals.

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