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Swim Possible provides quiet, safe and calming classes that are customized for students who need a gentle approach to learning how to swim.
In particular, students on the Autism spectrum are naturally attracted to the water -- though the risk of drowning is high for this population. We find that swimming lessons are centering and soothing for these students, and keeps them safe.

We work with students of all ages and abilities, and who have a variety of goals. Many learners develop a relationship with their instructor that can last for years as they build their skills.

Learners we serve:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Anxiety or fear of water 

  • Adult learners/older youth beginners  

  • Attention issues 

  • Physical learning differences

  • Down’s Syndrome


Learners’ goals include:

  • Developing a sense of comfort in/around the water

  • Learning basic water safety skills

  • Improving overall physical fitness

  • Supporting development/therapy goals

  • Learning to swim/learning strokes

  • Refining strokes/preparing for competitive swimming

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Our method works. Swimmers with Autism (who many thought could not learn to swim) have learned to swim with us, and in the process increased their verbal, fitness, social, and safety skills. Other students have gone on to successfully compete in Special Olympics events and other competitive swimming teams. We have also helped adults (many of our students' parents) who were non-swimmers to be comfortable and keep their families safe around water. 

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

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​Telephone: 612.708.8733

Email: SwimInfo@swimpossible.org


© 2017 by SwimPossible. 

Feel the Water Inc dba Swim Possible It is our mission is to increase the safety and fitness of children with autism and other special gifts. Drowning is the number one cause of accidental death for children with Autism - we are working to reduce this danger.

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