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 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!
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.
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.