Special Abilities

For autistic and special needs children.

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SwimKids is proud to announce our Special Abilities swim program specifically designed for children with special needs. The developmental swim program provides a positive outlook and emphasis on the strengths and unique attributes of each swimmer. Our program focuses on water education, developing water safety and swimming skills. The program is customized for each child's emotional and developmental abilities, with the goal to help each child become physically active, build self-confidence and self esteem, learn the life-saving skill of swimming, and eventually to offer them another avenue for integration into a small group for high functioning special abilities children. The program is being offered at our indoor swimming facilities in Woodbridge, Leesburg, Gainesville, and Fredericksburg. Each class is 30 minutes, once per week.

The special needs swim program is led by SwimKids Owner, Dave Tonnesen and Special Abilities Director, Angela Baker. Mr. Tonnesen, an aquatics professional with over 20 years experience, is the former Head Coach of the Prince William County Special Needs Swim Program and received a commendation from the Prince William County Board of Supervisors for his work with special abilities children. Ms. Baker has been working with special abilities children in an aquatics environment since 2004 and is the Head Coach of the East Prince William County Special Olympics Swim Team.

Special Abilities Class Schedule

  • Is your family a current or past member of SwimKids? If so, please register for class through your account by clicking here to go to our Member Login.
  • Are You New to SwimKids? Click on the Register button below to enroll.
  • Don't see the class you need or want to get on the wait list? Please call us!

NOTE: All Program have an annual registration fee of $39.00. Most special needs children start as private lessons. As our teachers get to know your child and their unique situation, we may come to you to suggest a special needs group arrangement.

Special Needs Private Classes at Woodbridge:

RegisterLevelLocationDaysTimesAgesOpeningsSessionTuition
 Special Ability PRIVATEWOODBRIDGETue4:15pm-4:45pm-FULLMonthly Lessons264.00
 Special Ability Swim with MeWOODBRIDGETue4:45pm-5:15pm-4Monthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability GROUPWOODBRIDGETue6:45pm-7:15pm-FULLMonthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability PRIVATEWOODBRIDGEThu12:30pm-1:00pm-FULLMonthly Lessons264.00
 Special Ability GROUPWOODBRIDGEThu3:45pm-4:15pm-1Monthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability GROUPWOODBRIDGEThu4:45pm-5:15pm-FULLMonthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability GROUPWOODBRIDGEThu5:45pm-6:15pm6 - 15FULLMonthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability Swim with MeWOODBRIDGEThu6:45pm-7:15pm4 -5Monthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability SEMI-PRIVATEWOODBRIDGEThu7:15pm-7:45pm6 - 15FULLMonthly Lessons169.00
 Special Ability PRIVATEWOODBRIDGESun5:00pm-5:30pm6 - 15FULLMonthly Lessons264.00

Special Needs Private Classes at Gainesville:

RegisterLevelLocationDaysTimesAgesOpeningsSessionTuition
 Special Ability PRIVATEGAINESVILLFri5:00pm-5:30pm-FULLMonthly Lessons264.00
 Special Ability Swim with MeGAINESVILLFri7:30pm-8:00pm3 - 151Monthly Lessons95.00
 Special Ability GROUPGAINESVILLFri8:00pm-8:30pm6 - 15FULLMonthly Lessons95.00

Special Needs Private Classes at Leesburg:

RegisterLevelLocationDaysTimesAgesOpeningsSessionTuition
 Special Ability PRIVATELEESBURG_1Fri3:45pm-4:15pm6 - 18FULLMonthly Lessons280.00
 Special Ability PRIVATELEESBURG_1Fri4:15pm-4:45pm6 - 15FULLMonthly Lessons280.00
 Special Ability Swim with MeLEESBURG_1Fri6:30pm-7:00pm-3Monthly Lessons99.00
 Special Ability PRIVATELEESBURG_1Fri7:30pm-8:00pm6 - 151Monthly Lessons280.00

Special Needs Private Classes at Fredericksburg: