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 Suzanne Richards, Director of Youth Development and Special Needs Programs at 203 655-8228 ext. 1331 or srichards@darien-ymca.org. 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 online or at the front desk. Many of our classes have maximums and we want to make sure we stay within our ratios.

Special Needs Swim Lessons • Ages 3 – 12 years • View Class Times & Fees 
The Y’s learn-to-swim program for children ages 3 – 12 with developmental disabilities. Please call Jim Matthews prior to registering, so we can learn about your child’s special needs and swimming experience, at (203) 655-8228 ext. 1332.

Aquatic Exercise • Ages 4 – 15 years  View Class Times & Fees 
Using the soothing properties of 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. 4- 60-minute sessions

Saturday Swim Club • Ages 10 – 17 years  View Class Times & Fees 
This club is intended for children that are comfortable in the large pool. Twenty-five minutes are spent on group activities that include stroke development, and twenty minutes is free swim. Saturdays 12:30 – 1:15 pm

For class times and fees please view our current brochure.

Swim and Sail for Children with Special Needs (Summer Only)
The Swim and Program are offered to children with special needs and one typical sibling or friend. Participants will enjoy outdoor games, swimming at the YMCA, sailing, canoeing, and kayaking on Holly Pond. The program is conducted by the Y’s special needs staff and certified sailing staff.

Ages 5-10 years, Monday – Friday 3:00 – 5:15 pm
Ages 11-18 years, Monday – Friday 5:30 – 7:45 pm

Sessions & Fees

Session A: July 2-13Fee: Member $226Non-member $275
Session B: July 16 - 27Fee: Member $250Non-member $2300
Session C: July 30 - Aug 10Fee: Member $250Non-member $300

Fee for one typical sibling or friend per session: Member $100, Non-member $150