Introduction to Adapted Aquatics Instruction acquaints you with the field of adapted aquatics by providing background knowledge and practical strategies for working with people who have disabilities. This course meets the mandatory certification requirements for swimming instructors specializing in training persons with developmental disabilities per Section 514.072, Florida Statutes; it also qualifies for CEUs under Pennsylvania Act 48 for teachers and through other organizations. The online delivery of this course offers the convenience of meeting these training and CEU requirements at the time and place of your choosing.
During this three-hour course you will
- learn about the role of the adapted aquatics instructor and scope of adapted aquatics;
- explore the physical properties of water and how disability attributes may affect a person’s body position and propulsion in water;
- understand federal law as it relates to people with disabilities and their participation in aquatics programs;
- discover how to create a safe environment, including learning about techniques for pool entry and exit and physical support for swimmers with disabilities;
- discuss strategies for effective communication with swimmers who have disabilities and their family members and significant others; and
- investigate strategies for inclusion in aquatics that will enhance the learning environment and meet the unique needs of people with disabilities.
This course also provides you with a basic understanding of six major disabilities of childhood: attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, autistic spectrum disorders, blindness and low vision, cerebral palsy, intellectual impairment, and spina bifida. Not only will you understand the definition, characteristics, and secondary conditions associated with each disability, but you will also learn the implications for participation, learning, safety, swim skill development, and contraindications.
Introduction to Adapted Aquatics Instruction provides an overview of the field and motivates people to learn more about this challenging and rewarding field.