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Adapted Aquatics Classes

The JCC of Greater Buffalo is proud to serve the WNY Community by organizing swim programs for numerous groups and special populations.

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Children's Group Swim Lessons

Children's Swim Lessons

Learn to Swim

Basic Water Skills: Children will wear a bubble belt and/or use a noodle when they swim. Float, glide, early stroke development, and tread water with instructor assistance. Introduction to front crawl, backstroke and elementary backstroke.

Level 1: For children working to swim without a flotation device in the shallow end. They may use a flotation device in the deep end. Front crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke and submerging are developed.

Level 2: Front crawl, backstroke, and elementary backstroke continue to be developed in addition to treading water and jumping in. Children must fully submerge their head to enter this level.

Level 3: Class is held primarily in the deep end. Children must swim in shallow and deep water without a flotation device. Introduction to breaststroke and dolphin kick.

Level 4: Participants must be able to swim 25 yards, 1 pool length, to participate. Introduction to the butterfly, diving, and open turns will be taught. 

Level 5: Participants must be able to swim 50 yards, 2 pool lengths, to participate. Swimming for fitness. Children must display aptitude in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, front crawl, sidestroke and elementary backstroke. Race skills, such as shallow dives and flip turns, are introduced.

Minnow Mondays and Wet-tastic Wednesdays

Minnow Mondays is available for all children enrolled in our 3-year-old Pre-K program. 
Wet-Tastic Wednesdays is open to all children enrolled in our 4-year-old Pre-K.

Toddler Splash

Parents accompany their child, 2-3 years old in the pool. The child wears a bubble belt. Class uses songs and games to assist with learning.

Water Babies

For children 6-24 months and parent(s). Sing songs, learn water safety, develop buoyancy, and explore underwater! Develop front & back glides, strokes and jumping in with parent help.

Adapted Swim Classes


The JCC Early Childhood program partners with Aspire of Western New York, an organization that provides services to individuals with disabilities.  Children ages 3-5 years old in the Aspire program participate in swim lessons with their peers.

Au-Some Swimmers

A learn to swim program for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders.  Thanks to funding from the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism and Autism Speaks, we are happy to offer this program at a discounted rate to the Western New York Community.

Cornerstone Manor Summer Camp

A program of the Buffalo City Mission.  Children ages 5 - 12 years old attend group swim lessons and recreational swim.

Special Friends©

Special Friends© is a NEW Adapted Swim Lesson class, for all children with Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Fragile X Syndrome and Down’s Syndrome. All swim lessons are one on one, with combined group play activity at the beginning and end of the lesson focusing on swimming, safety, and cooperative skills. Maximum of 5 participants per session; these time slots have been selected because they are quieter times at the pool, with the intention of preventing sensory overload and minimizing distractions. However, if your child is unable to attend during the designated time slots, we will offer alternative times if you contact us about it.


We are always looking for new ideas. The JCC is happy to create a learn to swim program for your group. 

Getzville Aquatics Director
Julie Kingsley (716) 204-2080

Buffalo Aquatics Director
Eric Poniatowski (716) 886-3172 ext. 411


Au-Some Swimmer William Benz at the Variety Club Telethon on March 5

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