Adaptive Swim Program for People with Disabilities

The Adaptive Swim program 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.

At this time, summer 2021 swim programs are not being held at our outdoor pools, as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected our ability to hire and train lifeguards. Please check back for updates as the season progresses.


Participation is free with an NYC Parks Recreation Center Membership. Learn more about our recreation center memberships

Program Dates

Session 1: October 16, 2019 – December 30, 2019
Session 2: January 3, 2020 – March 20, 2020
Session 3: March 23, 2020 – June 12, 2020


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 September 16 at noon and closes on September 30 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Lottery registration for Session 2 begins on December 9 at noon and closes on December 23 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Lottery registration for Session 3 begins on February 24 at noon and closes on March 9 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 October 4 for Session 1, December 30 for Session 2, and March 13 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.


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

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