Group Swim

Swimming for persons with disabilities 8/22

In by Jacqueline Broner

  • August 22, 2021
    10:15 am - 11:30 am

What is swimming for persons with disabilities?

Swimming for persons with disabilities is an adaptation of the introduction to Open Water Swimming designed to introduce swimmers with disabilities to the open water! Swimmers will learn how to swim safely in the ocean, swim as a group and gain confidence in the open water. This program will be limited to five swimmers with one volunteer coach per swimmer. Requirements: Must be able to float, tread water, and swim at least 200 yards in a pool.  No previous open water swim experience necessary.  Please note–this is not a learn to swim program.  Please read our essentials page before attending.

If you are not vaccinated, please consider wearing a face mask while in the group on the beach. Do not come if: i) you or your family members are sick, ii) if you have experienced any COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days OR if iii)You have had close contact with a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case. Due to the ongoing pandemic swimmers must wear masks on the beach. Social distancing must be maintained to the extent possible. 

What does swimming for persons with disabilities involve? 

  • Explain the basics of swimming in salt water versus pool swimming
  • Orient swimmers to the beach, jetties, lifeguards, flags, rip currents
  • Discuss swimming equipment, how to avoid chaffing, sunburn, hydration, cramps etc.
  • Practice water entry
  • Check the current
  • Try out safety strokes e.g. elementary backstroke
  • Learn how to swim together
  • Have fun and stay safe

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Brighton Beach at Brighton 4th St., Brooklyn, New York, 11235