USA Swimming Foundation Launches Children With Challenges Online Certification Course


The USA Swimming Foundation has launched the online version of the Children With Challenges educational certification program for professionals who work with children with attention, behavioral, cognitive and physical challenges in an aquatic setting.

Children With Challenges is a collaborative effort between the USA Swimming Foundation, USA Swimming, Starfish Aquatics Institute and the Aquatic Therapy Rehab Institute. 

“Our goal is to provide additional opportunities for inclusion” said Tina Dessart, Make a Splash Program Manager. “This training integrates the latest techniques and methods to help swim coaches and instructors become more comfortable and work better with their athletes.”

The course is geared to assist swim coaches and lessons instructors who work with children with the following challenges:

•           Physical/Orthopedic
•           Intellectual/Cognitive
•           Developmental Delay
•           Emotional/Behavioral
•           Learning and Processing
•           Sensory Challenges

In addition to the online course, there will be three in-person workshops to aide with the certification of swim coaches and instructors. Full-day sessions include classroom discussions, practical applications, and sharing of best practices. Workshops will be held on June 2 in Oak Brook, Illinois, August 27 in Castle Rock, Colorado and November 12 in Avon, Indiana. The online course must be completed prior to attending a workshop. 

Splash! Swim School (Mequon, WI) owner and Make a Splash Local Partner, Kimberly Metz, attended the 2015 workshop in Savannah, Ga., and found the networking and collaboration invaluable. 

“We have more and more parents coming to us who have children with challenges,” said Metz. “The resources that I gained through the workshop have helped me develop and run a better program to meet the needs of the community.”

USA Swimming encourages all children, including those with disabilities, to participate in swimming and facilitates their inclusion in USA Swimming programs through education and collaboration. For more information about Children With Challenges, visit: http://goo.gl/2qKy46