Swimming Lessons for Special Needs

Swimming is a fundamental life skill for every child, including children with special needs who have unique water safety challenges. At Saf-T-Swim, we offer private special needs swimming lessons, so your child can be safer and feel more confident in the water.

When your kiddo learns how to swim with Saf-T-Swim, they develop life-saving skills in a safe, fun, and supportive environment. Our Saf-T-Swim certified instructors provide one-on-one attention with a patient, compassionate approach that makes each child feel calm and confident. 

Our swimming lessons can also be therapeutic for kids with special needs, because water can help soothe sensory overload and give young swimmers relief from physical discomfort. As they develop greater balance, strength, coordination, and range of motion, these special kiddos often show increased confidence and self-esteem. Your young swimmer will also learn fundamental skills that keep them safer in and around water. 

Whether you're interested in swimming lessons for autistic kids, children with sensory struggles, ADHD, physical disabilities, or other challenges, Saf-T-Swim can help. Our heated pools provide a soothing and comfortable environment, and our experienced instructors have a passion for creating a fun and rewarding experience for children with special needs and their families.

Lessons for Individuals with Special Needs

Private Lessons

Saf-T-Swim offers individual lessons for a variety of special needs. These classes are one-on-one with our trained and experienced swim instructors. The classes are offered once a week for four weeks. The advantage of having the one to one ratio allows the instructor to tailor the class to what the child needs. They have the ability to adapt their pace and teach skills in different ways to help the child succeed. Our lessons help all children develop a great sense of self-accomplishment and self-esteem.

How can special needs swimming lessons benefit my child?

While all children need to learn the basics of water safety, kids with special needs are especially vulnerable. They are often drawn to lakes, pools, and even bathtubs. That’s why drowning is the #1 cause of accidental death in kids with autism. These deaths can be avoided with basic swim lessons catered toward the needs of children with different needs.

At Saf-T-Swim, we provide swimming lessons for special needs kids to help increase lung capacity, strengthen muscles, and build fundamental water safety skills. Children with special needs also process information in their own unique ways. Our caring and flexible instructors have extensive experience teaching kids with a variety of unique needs, including:

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

Our Water Safety Curriculum

Before your child starts swim lessons, we recommend sitting down together to  discuss your family’s goals. We will also learn all about your child's abilities and give you a chance to ask questions and meet the team. After this introductory meeting, we will craft a personalized teaching plan and connect you with an experienced swimming instructor who will be an ideal personality match.

At Saf-T-Swim, we center our classes on water safety to help young swimmers learn to love and respect the water. Our highly trained and enthusiastic instructors are dedicated to providing every student with a safe, attentive, and fun environment to learn fundamental lifelong swimming skills.

At each of our facilities on Long Island, we provide private swimming lessons for children that include: 

  • One-on-one attention from experienced, passionate swim instructors
  • Personalized lessons based on each child’s existing abilities and individual goals
  • A progressive curriculum focused on skill development, water safety, and proper swimming technique
  • Regular updates and communication with parents so they can see their child’s progress.

Right from the start, kids are taught the basics of water safety and the correct way to swim. In addition to learning how to float, students learn the best, most efficient swim strokes which enable them to avoid or escape potentially dangerous situations.

Your young swimmer will learn how to swim at their own pace in a nurturing, supportive setting with classes that prioritize skill retention and having fun. As their skills increase, children become more and more confident, both in the water and in everyday life.

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Swim Lessons

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Saving Lives

across Long Island since 1984

Proven Curriculum

developed by swimming and water safety experts


Equasia Y.

“Our swim teacher is awesome with my son who is in his terrible two's.”

Jenn D.

“After trying 4 different swimming classes for my daughter- at 4 years old we finally found a wonderful place. Saf-T-Swim is wonderful, and quite frankly, a relief.”

Kate T.

“My daughter started at 6 months and she loves her lessons! The instructors are the best! ”
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  • Infant & Toddler Swim Lessons
  • Children’s Swim Lessons
  • Adult Swim Lessons
  • Swim Team Prep
  • Swim Camps & Clinics
  • Swim Party
  • Family Open Swim
  • Lifeguard Training
Infant & Toddler Swim Lessons

Infant & Toddler Swim Lessons

We offer infant and toddler swim lessons for kiddos as young as 2 months of age. Our goal is to help build confidence, impart vital water safety skills, and teach students how to instinctively react in a positive manner should a water incident occur. Our private classes allow your child to progress at their own pace.  Our Baby & Me classes are designed to deepen the parent-infant bond and increase social confidence, while teaching vital water safety skills including floating, breath control, and kicking. Each class is taught at the child’s own pace with personalized attention from experienced instructors.

Children’s Swim Lessons

Children’s Swim Lessons

We offer one-on-one progressive swim lessons for children of all ages and skill levels. Learning to swim is not only a crucial life skill, but it also builds confidence and independence. Swimming is also a great way to get exercise, participate socially with other children, and enjoy special moments in the water. Whether you want your child to develop life-saving water safety skills, learn fundamental strokes, or participate in elite competitions, our private swim classes provide personalized, one-on-one instruction tailored to each student's unique needs.

Adult Swim Lessons

Adult Swim Lessons

We offer private adult swim lessons in a comfortable, stress-free, warm-water setting. No matter your age, it’s never too late to learn how to swim or to overcome a lifelong fear of the water. Whether you want to learn basic swimming fundamentals, gain endurance, or refine existing skills, our passionate instructors will help you learn the skills you need to be safe and enjoy special moments in and around the water.

Swim Team Prep

Swim Team Prep

Our swim team training program is perfect for young swimmers who want to put their swimming skills to use and continue to refine their swim technique. Our experienced instructors teach kids to strive for their personal best in a team environment while improving strength, speed, and endurance. We teach proven swimming techniques that include all the fundamental strokes swimmers need to compete. Practices are designed to be challenging, instructional and fun.

Swim Camps & Clinics

Swim Camps & Clinics

Our SwimJams swim camps are a great way to get a child in the water multiple times in a week. Your child will swim four times in one week, for an individual lesson, really reinforcing their swimming skills in a shorter amount of time. This is a perfect opportunity for kids to learn who are involved in other sports or activities and can't commit to lessons for longer periods of time. Our Swim Clinics are a great way for your advanced swimmer to perfect their techniques or work on advanced strokes. The Swim Clinics are offered for an hour to boost endurance as well!

Swim Party

Swim Party

Celebrate special occasions with a pool party any time of the year at Saf-T-Swim. Perfect for team parties, birthdays, fundraising events, or any other special gathering, our swim parties provide a fun, hassle-free way to celebrate with up to 24 guests! Plus, your party will never be rained out!

Family Open Swim

Family Open Swim

Our Open Family Swim is a great opportunity to get in the water with your entire family. The more often children are in the water practicing their skills, the stronger swimmers they will become. Let your kid show off for you and see up close everything they have learned! Our heated pools allow you to enjoy the fun all year long!

Lifeguard Training

Lifeguard Training

Want to become a certified lifeguard? Take our StarGuard Lifeguard Certification course! You will become certified in CPR, lifeguarding, AED, choking, and first aid for the professional rescuer. Our StarGuard Elite Instructors provide a thorough program that is a blended class of online teaching and in-person training. The class is scenario based learning, preparing you for real life situations.