Adapted Swim Lessons

Our Adaptive Swim Program is back!

Classes are full for our current session, please keep an eye out on our Facebook Page or here on our website for announcements about the next session.

Miracle League of CT Adapted Swim Lessons at The Hospital for Special Care Aquatic and Rehabilitation Center in New Britain

We are so excited to be working with The Hospital for Special Care Aquatic and Rehabilitation Center to offer adapted swim lessons for children aged 5-21 who have intellectual, developmental or physical disabilities.  The state of the art fully accessible aquatics center is the perfect place for Miracle League families to ensure that their children are safe in and around the water.  Studies suggest that children on the autism spectrum, along with other children who have disabilities, are up to 160 times more likely to drown than other children.  Water safety and awareness are among the most important life skills that you can provide to your child.

Our Adapted Swim Classes will offer small group sessions (1 instructor for 4 students) in the accessible heated pools at the HSC Aquatics center.  Each class will have a maximum of 4 prospective swimmers and 1 instructor per session.  This will allow the instructors to tailor their strategies to each child’s needs and abilities and to spend one on one time with each participant.  Each swimmer must be accompanied in the water by a parent, guardian or designated adult helper, who is comfortable in the water, to ensure maximum safety and so that the helpers can learn the strategies along with the students.   All classes will be taught by American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Individual attention will be paid to each swimmer and appropriate skills taught will be dependent on each swimmer’s progress.

There are 3 classes available for the upcoming session. Please be sure to choose the appropriate class for your swimmer. Click on the Register Now button for all 3 classes.

Beginners – Thursday evenings 6:15 – 7pm – For new participants to our program (4 spots available)

Beginners – Saturday afternoons 12:00-12:45 – For new participants to our program (8 spots available)

Advanced – Saturday afternoons 12:50-1:35 – For swimmers who have already participated in our program (8 spots available)

No prior swimming experience is required to enroll.  The Hospital for Special Care ARC’s infection control guidelines require all swimmers to possess bladder and bowel control or be consistent with their bowel and bladder program.  Swim diapers are not permitted in the pool. 

The goal of the Miracle League of CT is to remove all barriers that prevent children with special needs from participating in recreational, educational  and cultural activities.  If one of those barriers is a financial one, please email us at to request a fee waiver for any of our programs.  We will do our best to accommodate your request which will be kept strictly confidential.