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Free Adaptive Swim Program for People with Disabilities

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.

A recreation center membership is required to participate in our Adaptive Swim program. 

Program Dates

Session 1: October 20, 2017 – December 29, 2018
Session 2: January 5, 2018 – March 30, 2018
Session 3: April 6, 2018 – June 8, 2018


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 for Session 1 begins on Monday, September 25 at noon and closes on Tuesday, October 10 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Lottery registration for Session 2 begins on Monday, December 11 at noon and closes on Tuesday, December 26 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Lottery registration for Session 3 begins on Monday, March 12 at noon and closes on Monday, March 26 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, October 13 for Session 1, Monday, December 29 for Session 2, and Friday, March 30 for Session 3. 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


St. Mary's Recreation Center
450 Saint Ann's Avenue
Fridays: 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Metropolitan Recreation Center
261 Bedford Avenue 
Fridays: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


Asser Levy Recreation Center
392 Asser Levy Place 
Fridays: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Gertrude Ederle Recreation Center
232 West 60th Street
Mondays: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Hansborough Recreation Center
35 West 134th Street
Fridays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.


Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink
125-40 Roosevelt Avenue
Fridays: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Roy Wilkins Recreation Center
177th Street and Baisley Boulevard
Fridays: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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