About Special Needs Aquatics

The Darien YMCA is committed to serving all members of the community. We do our best to accommodate all individuals with special needs into our programs. If you or a member of your family requires additional assistance or has a special circumstance, please let us know. For more information, contact Terri Accomando, Director of Special Needs Programming at 655-8228 ext. 1351 or For all swim classes below, please call Jim Matthews at 655-8228 x 1332 prior to registering so that we can discuss your child’s special needs and swimming experience.
All participants must register on-line or at the front desk.  Many of our classes have maximums and we want to make sure we stay within our ratios. 

Spring 2015 

Session Dates: March 16th – June 14th, 2015

Click here to view the Spring 2015 Special Needs Brochure


Special Needs Swim Lessons Ages 3 – 12  

The Y’s learn-to-swim program for children with developmental disabilities.  Please call Jim Matthews prior to registering so we can learn about your child’s special needs

Members:$222    Non-members:  $322



Saturday Swim Club Ages 10-20

This club is intended for children that are comfortable in the large pool. Twenty five minutes are spent on group activities, such as stroke development, and twenty minutes are given for free swim.

Saturdays 12:45-1:30

Members: $222     Non-members $322


Aquatic Exercise Program

Using the soothing properties of the water, our specially trained therapists will perform aquatic exercises and activities with your child. All sessions will be offered 1 on 1, and consist of 45 minutes of exercise with an additional 15 minutes allotted for warm up, cool down, and post session consultation with parents.


Four 60-minute sessions: Members $400     Non-Members $520


To reserve a session with one of our therapists, please contact:

Jim Matthews: (203) 655-8228 ext. 1332 or

Amy D’Andrea: (203) 655-8228 ext. 1307 or