Sonoma County Family YMCA

1111 College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
(707) 545-9622

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specialty aquatics


ENABLING AQUATICSchairlift being used in pool

Dr. Katy Ha serves all ages with all disabilities and challenges through a warm water movement program. Participants need to be accompanied by a parent or caretaker. A support group/potluck follows every class. The chairlift is available for assistance into the pool. (This program is free for Facility Members).  For information about participating or volunteering for this program, please contact the Aquatics Director at 545-9622 x3126.

Read Enabling Aquatics flyer for more details.

FEES:  (10 session punch card)

FREE to Facility Member

$50 Program Member

$63 Non-member

(5 sessions available at half price)

photo of Brooks with class in progressADAPTIVE EXERCISE PROGRAMS

The goal of the Adaptive Aquatics Swim Lesson Program is to teach children who require less assistance and who can work in a group setting the skills necessary to integrate into the Y’s swim lesson program. These classes have been adapted for children with special needs teaching basic water safety and swimming skills. Classes are based on a 1:6 ratio. Every child has the right to gain self-confidence leading toward lifelong experiences of enjoying the water. Lessons are taught by caring and patient instructors who teach to the individual within the group setting.

Instructor Brooks Emerson has been teaching swimming techniques to individuals of varying abilities for more than 8 years.  He is certified in Personal Training, Therapy Exercise as well as Youth Development through International Sports Science Association.  More experience has been gained through varied coursework while at Sonoma State University, working with ANOVA Center for Education, summer camps in both California and Pennsylvania and at the Sonoma County Family YMCA. 

Read Adaptive Exercise Programs flyer for more details.

Beginning Lessons - Small pool - Saturday 10 - 10:30  |  

This class will help build self-confidence, leading toward that goal of a lifelong enjoyment of the water. This class creates a more relaxing, fun, and supportive environment. Children learn and become accustomed to blowing bubbles, moving around in the water comfortably, basic floating and how to be safe in the water. All non-potty trained children must wear a swimming diaper.

Intermediate Lessons - Large Pool - Saturday 10:45-11:15  |  

During this class, swimmers will focus on mobility, blowing bubbles, and breathing. Swimmers are continually prompted to use paddle stroke and using kicking to help achieve better mobility in the water. Supportive tools are used when appropriate. All non-potty trained children must wear a swimming diaper.

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We also have a land-based program for special needs; see Adpative Exercise Programs flyer for more info.

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