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Free Adaptive Swim Program for People with Disabilities

July 5 - August 23, 2019

The Adaptive Swim program is free and offers aquatic exercise therapy that ranges from gentle water walking to aerobic-type exercise which improves range of motion, flexibility, mobility, muscle tone, coordination, focus and strength, as well as swim instruction that focuses on becoming comfortable in the water and learning basic swimming and safety skills.

During the summer, this program takes place at select outdoor pools. Participation is free. You do not need a recreation center membership to participate. 


To ensure that everyone has equal access to the Adaptive Swim program, registration for the program takes place by lottery.

How to Apply

To apply for the lottery to register for this program, please call (718) 760-6969 extension 0 during an active lottery registration period. You will be asked for your name, contact information, swimming capabilities, and choice of location.

Lottery Registration Periods

  • Lottery registration begins on Monday, June 10 at 9:00 a.m. and closes on Friday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Winners are chosen at random. Applicants who are not chosen will be placed on a waiting list. The winners will be notified by phone of the lottery results by Friday, June 28. The waiting list will be used to replace anyone who drops out of the program. Replacements are chosen from the waiting list randomly.

Locations and Times


Mullaly Pool
East 165th Street between Jerome Avenue and River Avenue
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. 


McCarren Pool
776 Lorimer Street
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Sunset Park Pool
Seventh Avenue at 43rd Street
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.


Hamilton Fish Pool
East Houston Street and Pitt Street 
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 11:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.


Astoria Pool
19th Street and 23rd Drive
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Staten Island

Lyons Pool
Victory Boulevard and Pier 6
Mondays through Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

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