Gardens pool offers special kind of swim lessons

Staff of the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatics Complex train in preparation for a new summer program that will offer  swim lessons for children with disabilities, including those with amputated limbs, arthritis, epilepsy and autism. The classes are sponsored by Domnick Law in Palm Beach Gardens.

Staff of the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatics Complex train in June 2015 in preparation for a summer program that will offer swim lessons for children with disabilities, including those with amputated limbs, arthritis, epilepsy and autism. The classes are sponsored by Domnick Law in Palm Beach Gardens.

Swimming pools can be dangerous for small children, perhaps even more so for those with different physical and mental abilities.

Adaptive aquatic group swim lessons at the Palm Beach Gardens Aquatic Complex allow all kids to safely enjoy the water. Swimmers with special needs who are at least four years old will do therapeutic exercises, have swim instruction and participate in activities that help them progress socially, physically and mentally, according to a news release announcing the lessons.

Classes take place 8:30 to 9 a.m. every Saturday for four weeks starting July 16. The cost is $30 for Gardens residents and $38 for non-residents. Register online and find more details at www.pbgrec.com/aquatics.

The program is made possible by support from the Domnick, Cunningham & Whalen law firm. Its support last year allowed the aquatic complex to have a swim specialist train eight instructors about how to teach swimming to children with disabilities.

The adaptive aquatic group lessons and a swim team for children with special needs began last summer.

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