Swimming Lessons

Whether your child is developing typically or has special needs, Lifescape offers swimming lessons to help her stay safe and have fun in the water.  Lessons are available both individually and in small group settings.

Adaptive Aquatics

Adaptive Aquatics is individual swimming lessons that adapt the aquatic environment to meet the needs of children with special needs. The goals are to teach water safety and recreational swimming skills to the best of the individual’s ability. Certified instructors develop a personalized program based on the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program, as well as therapy, educational, and physical fitness goals. Children get an opportunity for success, boosting confidence for other areas of their lives.  Often children who have difficulty physically or socially playing with other children can be on very equal terms in the water. Adults with special needs are welcome in Adaptive Aquatics, too!

Individual Approach
Instructors use specialized aquatics equipment and teaching tools for children with a variety of special needs. This allows the student to:

  • overcome fear of the water
  • have an opportunity to be independent in the water
  • feel the freedom of being in water
  • succeed in all levels of swimming
  • experience relief from pain and muscle spasms
  • increase strength and balance
  • improve dexterity and fine motor skills

Student Goal Development
Goals are individualized for each child using input from parents, physical therapists, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, doctors, teachers, school district personnel and often the child him or herself. Instructors encourage the students to accomplish their goals using Applied Behavior Analysis.

Social Goals
Social skills are emphasized, including peer interaction, games, communication skills, and taking turns. Parents and siblings are welcome to come into the pool during lessons.

Cost for Adaptive Aquatics sessions

  • $30 per half-hour
  • 30-minute sessions once or twice a week
  • 60-minute sessions once a week

Adaptive Aquatics has three possible sources of financial assistance

  • Family Support Network
  • LifeScape Scholarships - Scholarship Application
  • School Districts (IEP) at school’s discretion.

Location
Lessons are held in the lower level of LifeScape, 2501 W. 26th Street in Sioux Falls.  The swimming pool is 28’ wide and 64’ long. The depth ranges from two feet to nine feet. The water temperature is kept between 94 & 96 degrees.

American Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Children who are developing typically can take American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons at LifeScape, either individually or in small groups of siblings or friends. The warm water in our pool and the individual attention they receive make LifeScape a great place for children to learn this life-long skill.

Safety Skills in a Logical Progression
The objectives of the Red Cross Learn-to-Swim courses are to teach people to be safe in, on, and around the water, as well as to swim well.  Skills are built in a logical progression:

  • Water entry & exit
  • Buoyancy
  • Treading
  • Water safety
  • Building endurance
  • Breath control & submerging
  • Swim on front, back, and side
  • Stroke and turn refinement

By the end of the course of lessons, participants have the prerequisite skills and the necessary fitness level for entrance into advanced courses.  This may include Water Safety instructor or other aquatics activities, such as competitive swimming and diving.

Course Length & Ages Served
There is no minimum or maximum length of time. Skills are generally developed in 8 lessons of 30 minutes each.  The recommended minimum age for entry into Red Cross Learn-to-Swim is about six years old, although younger children can benefit from one-on-one lessons. There is no maximum age, and no skill prerequisites.

Cost for Red Cross “Learn to Swim” lessons

Individual - $20.00 for 30 minutes or $160 for an 8-week session
Semi-Private (2 students) - $15 for 30 minutes per child or $120 per child for an 8-week session
Small Group (3-4 students) - $10.00 for 30 minutes per child or $80 per child for an 8-week session

Application - Red Cross Swimming Lessons

Location
Lessons are held in the lower level of LifeScape, 2501 W. 26th Street in Sioux Falls.  The swimming pool is 28’ wide and 64’ long. The depth ranges from two feet to nine feet. The water temperature is kept between 94 & 96 degrees.