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Swimming Lessons for Children with Special Needs

Raising a child with special needs presents unique challenges, but helping them learn how to swim doesn’t have to be one of them. At SafeSplash Aurora (Southlands Mall), we swimming is a life skill®, and that all children are safer and happier when they learn the basics of water safety.

That’s why we offer private swimming lessons for kiddos with unique needs (including special swim lessons for Aurora (Southlands Mall) children with autism, sensory struggles, ADHD, physical disabilities, and other challenges.) Swimming lessons keep kids of all ages safer. They can also be therapeutic and, for many special needs children, calming. Water can soothe sensory overload and give swimmers a feeling of weightlessness and relief from physical discomfort. Balance, coordination, strength, and range of motion can all be improved in the water. It’s not uncommon for parents to notice confidence and self-esteem boost, either.

When your child learns how to swim with SafeSplash Aurora (Southlands Mall), they receive all the benefits of swimming in a safe, supportive and warm environment. And we mean warm both literally and figuratively — our pools are heated to a comfortable temperature and our instructors have a passion for giving every family a great experience.

Private Swim Lessons


One-on-one instruction is a wonderful option for kiddos with special needs. Weekly classes on an ongoing basis.

Will my child with special needs benefit from swimming lessons?

All children should learn the basics of water safety, and how to swim if they are able. Drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in children with autism. Water provides unique challenges for all sorts of kids with special needs, especially since many kids are drawn to pools, lakes, and even bathtubs. Swim lessons offer a safe and gentle way to strengthen muscles, increase lung capacity, and so much more. You’ll help your child learn water safety, too.

Kids with special needs process the world differently, and they need flexible teachers who use child-focused methods. SafeSplash Certified Instructors have experience teaching children with a variety of unique needs, including:

  • Autism, Asperger’s and other related developmental syndromes
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Sensory processing disorder and other sensory challenges
  • Physical difficulties and disabilities

Prior to your child’s first Aurora (Southlands Mall) swim lesson, we’ll chat about your family’s goals, get to know your child's abilities, and you can ask us any questions. You can even come in and meet the team. After this initial meeting, we’ll develop a customized teaching plan and connect you with an experienced instructor who will be a great personality match.

Do you offer tuition support for kids with special needs?

While we do not directly offer tuition support for swimming lessons for special needs children, we do partner with third-party organizations that may be able to help. We’d love to welcome your child to swim class, so please get in touch with our team to learn more.

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  • Infant Swim Lessons
  • Children’s Swim Lessons
  • Adult Swim Lessons
  • Private Lessons
  • Swim Camps & Clinics
  • Swim Team Prep
  • Family Open Swim
  • Swim Party
  • Lifeguard Training
Infant Swim Lessons

Infant & Toddler Swim Lessons

We offer infant and toddler swim lessons as early as 6 months of age to help build confidence and get your infant comfortable in the water. Our small ParentTot classes are a great way for parents to bond and socialize with their kiddos while teaching vital water safety skills like breath control, floating and kicking. We also offer Toddler Transition classes for kiddos ages 18-36 months. Parents join their swimmers poolside until they are ready to transition to a small group class without a parent nearby. Both classes focus on foundational water safety skills as well as developing a comfort in the water, which are crucial in developing swimming skills.

Children’s Swim Lessons

Children’s Swim Lessons

We offer a variety of swim lesson programs for children of all ages and levels. Whether your child is just starting to get comfortable in the water or moving on to more advanced techniques we have you covered. Our progressive curriculum starts with foundational skills in beginner level classes and develops swimmers to be advanced swimmers. Whether your goal is basic water safety skills or competing at an elite level, our program can take your child from bubbles to butterfly(r). We offer a variety of class types from small group classes featuring a 4:1 student to teacher ratio to semi-private and private lessons.

Adult Swim Lessons

Adult Swim Lessons

Whether you are just starting out, overcoming a fear of water or you are looking to refine your swim skills, our program gives adult swimmers at every level the opportunity to improve their skills. We offer a variety of class types for adults from small group classes to semi-private and private lessons. It’s never too late to learn this critical life skill. Our passionate instructors can help you overcome your fear and open the opportunity of enjoying the water.

Private Lessons


Our private swim lessons allow swimmers of all ages and levels to progress through our curriculum at their own pace with one of our certified swim instructors. Each 30 minute class will be customized around mastering the skills to become a better, stronger, safer swimmer. Private and semi-private lessons (two swimmers with one instructor) are great options if you are looking for more time focused on your individual swimmer or siblings wanting to be in the same class.

Swim Camps & Clinics


Our swim camps are perfect for swimmers looking to jump start their skills by swimming with us on a more frequent basis. Lesson frequency and consistency (along with quality instruction and a world class swim curriculum) is a key element in progressing a student’s swimming ability. Our swim camps provide lessons multiple times per week and are typically 1 to 3 weeks in duration. We also offer stroke clinics where we focus on specific stroke techniques to refine our student’s skills.

Swim Team Prep


The SafeSplash Wave® program is an endurance, strength, and swim team prep program that takes swimmers who already have knowledge of the competitive swimming strokes and want to refine their swimming skills. Our Wave program is broken up into swimmer groups based on swimmer ability, physical conditioning and current knowledge of the strokes in accordance to USA Swimming standards and our SafeSplash curriculum. Each session includes a set workout with an out of water coach whose primary goal is to mimic the experience one would have on a recreational swim team.

Family Open Swim

Family Open Swim

Our family open swim is a great time to practice swimming skills outside of lessons and have fun with the whole family. Our warm water pools make for a great way to spend the day splashing around and staying active. Practicing water safety and swim skills on a more frequent basis is a key to success in learning to swim. Plus, it’s simply fun!

Swim Party

Swim Party

We can help you celebrate any occasion with our swim parties. Whether it's a birthday party, end of season party for the team, Scout party, or any other reason to have a great time, you will have a blast by celebrating it with SafeSplash.&nbsp; Your SafeSplash party host will guarantee fun for all! Our dedicated swim schools have warm water pools set at 90° so there will be no shivering while enjoying your cake! Call us to learn more about party packages available. We know you will have a blast celebrating with SafeSplash.

Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training

Our lifeguard training classes will teach you how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies. This class is designed to arm you with skills and knowledge to prepare you for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. You will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard while also understanding the crucial elements in helping to prevent drownings and injuries.