Basic Swimming for People with Disabilities
By Michael Pecorella, B.S.
| Two women in a pool with one using flotation devices
Aquatics have always been an excellent way to improve motor fitness, physical fitness, social skills, and self-confidence for both people with and without disabilities. This is demonstrated by aquatics' acceptance by local schools, YMCA (YMCA
), American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD
), National Safety Council (NSC
), Ellis and Associates (E & A
), and university settings. More than 100 million Americans participate in swimming programs each year. Recently, it has become socially acceptable for all abilities, ages and genders.