Adapted Aquatics

Take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of our expanded adapted aquatic program offerings. Are you seeking to learn new skills, enhance your abilities, accomplish the seemingly impossible, or just have fun? Adapted Aquatic programs allow individuals with disabilities the opportunity to live more, play more with the use of adaptive equipment and specialized instruction.

Disability Programs


The following facilities offer aquatic programs for people with disabilities.
  • C.E. Reig Regional Center
    Mitchelville, MD
  • H. Winship Weatley Special Center
    Capital Heights, MD
  • James E Duckworth Special Center
    Beltsville, MD
  • Jessie B. Mason Regional Center
    Temple Hills, MD
  • Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center/Glenarden Complex
    Glenarden, MD
  • Wayne K. Curry Sports and Learning Complex
    Landover, MD

Additional Information


For more information about the offerings please contact the Special Programs Division.

Adapted Aquatics Training


Learn how to improve strokes and turns for competitive swimming. Adapted aquatic is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities ages 13 and up who have basic swimming skills and are able to function in a staff/participant ratio of 1 to 4. 

Adapted Aquatic Exercise


The Adapted Aquatic Exercise program is designed for individuals ages 16 and up with severe disabilities which require one-on-one supervision. All exercises are low impact and are implemented in a therapy tank. This program focuses on water safety, breath control, range of motion exercises and, pulling, pushing, and lifting. The buoyancy of the water supports the body and allows greater movement for individuals that have physical disabilities.

Individualized Swimming Lessons


Individualized Swimming Lessons are designed for children and adults with disabilities who require one-on-one instruction. The duration of each scheduled lesson is 30 minutes in length. Lessons are held at various locations throughout the county. Participants at all skill levels are welcome.

Social Swim


Social Swim is designed specifically for teens and adults with developmental disabilities. This program focuses on recreational swimming and gives participants the opportunity to socialize with their peers. Aquatic games such as beach ball volleyball, relay races, and basketball, help to facilitate socialization. Participants must be able to function within one staff member to three participants ratio.