DISCOVER THE JOY OF SWIMMING
Swimming should be centering and fun. By incorporating yoga and massage, we provide a gentle, comfortable water experience. This allows students to relax and “feel” how their bodies move in the water. We also believe swimming is all about joy, so we strive to make swimming lessons fun. A love of swimming provides students with an endless source of enjoyment throughout their lives.
Swimming and water safety skills are essential for everyone -- especially here in Minnesota where we are surrounded by lakes and rivers. We teach swimmers and their entire families water safety skills that will improve their chance of survival in the case of an accidental water entry or water emergency.
Students learn best through a personalized, 1:1 approach. In group classes at other swim schools, students must wait to receive limited time and feedback from the teacher, and are forced to adhere to rigid “levels” and sets of skills they must master before moving on. We start with our students’ strengths, helping them find early successes in skills that match their abilities. We believe students ultimately progress more quickly when they can work with a teacher to master the right skills at the right time and pace.
PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS
Special thanks to our pool facility partners:
Silver Creek on Main, Maple Grove
Sabes Jewish Community Center, St. Louis Park
Swim Possible is a member of NDPA (National Drowning Prevention Alliance) and AUSM (Autism Society of Minnesota)
Swim Possible is a donor to Autism Speaks and Abbey's Hope Foundation
Chad Dignan, Coach
Hello, my name is Chad Dignan and I have been teaching adaptive swimming lessons with Swim Possible for over a year. I enjoy being in the water and teaching beginning water adjustments, swimming techniques/stroke development, and overall water safety. In addition to teaching swimming lessons, I am also an Adapted Physical Education Teacher (DAPE) at Eden Lake Elementary School in Eden Prairie. I have been teaching physical education and adapted physical education for over 6 years. I have always had a passion to educate all students with the importance of health and physical activity. I believe that all students, no matter the ability, should be able to be physically active. Through swimming, individuals can experience a variety of sensory needs, develop social interactions, and learn a lifelong skill. During my swimming lessons I teach the importance of water safety in and around the pool. It is incredibly important to know that your child is safe and enjoys swimming. Overall, I will adapt and modify each specific lesson to meet the needs of your child. I want your child to enjoy swimming and get some physical activity in the water.
Hannah Peterson, Coach
Hannah currently works as an Autism Spectrum Disorders Specialist and Special Education Coordinator through Indigo Education, which provides a multitude of high-quality educational services to charter schools throughout Minnesota. For the past 25+ years, she has worked with families and children birth through adult in and out of the classroom. Water has been an important part of Hannah's entire life from lifeguarding, teaching swimming lessons and is a swimmer herself. She has a great desire to continue to share the joy and the feeling of freedom one can have with increased independence and feeling secure in the water and is excited to do this through Swim Possible.
Hannah Clingan, Coach
Hannah is excited to start working with Swim Possible this year! She is originally from West Des Moines, IA and moved to Minneapolis in 2017. Hannah is a second grade teacher at Eden Lake Elementary School in Eden Prairie. It is her desire to help provide Adaptive 1:1 swim lesson to children with special gifts to so they are safe around water. Hannah loves to cook, read and exercise.
Ryan Bailey, Coach
My name is Ryan Bailey, when I am not teaching Adaptive 1:1 Swim Lesson I am the Store Manager at TC Running Company in Maple Grove. I found a love for swimming back in 2012 when I competed in my first open water swim event which took me from Excelsior to Wayzata. Shortly, after, I decided to take up thriathlon and within 2 years I was competing professionally. I was first introduced to Adaptive Swimming in January of 2018 and immediately found so much joy in teaching my students. It is my goal to provide not only water safety to my students, but to provide them with a life-long skill and joy for the water.
Annie Peterson, Coach
Annie is a Certified Recreation Therapist who has been swimming since she was a small child. She is creative and passionate about helping people improve their quality of life through recreation and leisure services and functional interventions. She enjoys getting to know different kinds of people. Annie has a horse named Wahkeena. In the winter in addtion to providing swim lessons you'll find her skiing or snowboarding, and in the warmer months you might find her with her horse, hiking, swimming, scuba diving, reading a book in her hammock, learning a new thing or having some grand adventure. Folks that know her would describe Annie as patient, creative, thoughtful, and hard-working.