adaptive swim equipment water safety

what to bring

recommended equipment:
  • The basics:

    • Swimsuit, towel, and a smile!

    • A reusable swim diaper if needed​ - must be a swim diaper

  • Comfortable goggles:

    • As students progress and begin swimming underwater, they will likely be more comfortable with goggles. Goggles should fit so that there is a slight suction when held against the face without putting on the strap.

  • Extras up to you:

    • need ear plugs or prefer a nose plug to start? No problem! We will provide most flotation devices/skill equipment but if you'd like to bring things like ankle weights, or favorite sensory​ items from home -go for it!

lesson tips for parents:
  • Take photos/video

    • Viewing these photos/videos throughout the week is a great way to reinforce what the child is learning in swim lessons, and helps them visualize what they want their body to do. It can also be a great source of pride for students!

  • Be “invisible” but available

    • Many students have difficulty attending to two separate adults during lessons, so it’s best if parents are more “invisible” and allow the instructor to provide all directions to the student. Parents should be present, however, in case the student has a behavior issue or difficulty settling themselves. We always welcome your thoughts, feedback, and suggestions.

  • Help provide transition time prior to the lesson

    • Swimming lessons can be very demanding, both physically and mentally. It’s ideal for students to have a regular transition routine to prepare for the lesson. Try to allow plenty of time prior to each lesson to change and use the restroom. Perhaps add a few minutes for a quiet activity before they come to the pool. Time spent waiting for lessons can also be good to review photos or videos from past lessons!


need swim gear? 

water safety:
  • Be a Water Watchdog:

    • As a partner with Abbey’s Hope, Swim Possible encourages all parents to take the Water Watchdog pledge to keep kids safe around water. Check out the details and order a free Water Watchdog tag on the Abbey's Hope website.

  • Have a Coast Guard-approved life jacket

    • Even those who have basic swimming skills should wear a life jacket at all times when they are in and around the water (at beaches, on boats, etc.)

  • Learn basic rescue skills

    • Family/friends should not attempt to rescue anyone who is struggling in the water.

    • Alert a lifeguard if available, or call 911. Then practice “reach or throw”: extend a noodle, boat oar, towel, or whatever you have on hand, and ask the individual to grab on.

    • We encourage you to schedule and participate in a water safety lesson with your child, so your Swim Possible Instructor can show you these skills and help you practice. Everyone should know how to do safe rescues to avoid double-drownings.

  • Reinforce the safety rules we use at Swim Possible:

    • Do not allow children to enter water without an adult present and watching them at all times. Drowning is silent!

    • Tell children to “walk, don’t run” near pools.

    • Only allow feet-first entries into the water, and only when the area is free of objects or other people.

    • Do not allow children to have breath-holding contests/competitions in the water, or jump/climb on top of other swimmers.

    • Only allow jumps into deep water if a swimmer can swim to the side of the pool unassisted.