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Disabled Children need Swim Partners!

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ORGANIZATION: Special Needs Aquatic Program

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We're headed back to the pools! Our beautiful children with disabilities need swim partners.

The Special Needs Aquatic Program ( is a community based aquatic program for children with special gifts and needs. SNAPkids is a lot of fun and makes a difference for all the swimmers we work with. Our special swimmers rely on our volunteer helpers to create the magic each week. We provide training and guidance. You must be a capable swimmer. We hope you'll consider helping out! : )

Our special swimmers range from 1 - 18 years old and have physical and/or developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy and autism. Our talented helpers will work directly with our special swimmers each week. You will be paired with a swimmer and likely another helper to create fun activities to meet the needs of your swimmer. Training and support are provided, leadership opportunities are available. Your creativity, good energy, and fun are all welcome! We hope that you build a special relationship with your swimmer as SNAPkids is often a highlight of the week for our swimmers and volunteers.

You must be a capable swimmer, at least 15 years old (young adult to retirees are welcome), enjoy children, and a playful nature. As our swimmers do better with consistency we give preference to volunteers who can commit to more than one quarter. It's great fun for all! : )

See you in the water!‚Äč

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About Special Needs Aquatic Program


P.O. Box 120, Berkeley, CA 94701, US

Mission Statement

SNAPkids strives to empower children with special needs.


SNAP stands for the Special Needs Aquatic Program. SNAP is a motor development program in the water for children with physical and/or cognitive challenges. SNAP strives to help kids with special needs feel pride and self-confidence while helping to build stronger bodies, build friendships, and have fun.

During the COVID-19 crisis we have suspended our in-water classes and we are providing FREE online exercise classes for our special kids.


Children & Youth
Health & Medicine
Sports & Recreation
Children & Youth, Health & Medicine, Sports & Recreation


Sat Oct 08, 2022 - Sat Dec 10, 2022


3412 Ross RoadPalo Alto, CA 94303



  • Child Welfare
  • Child Care
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Therapy
  • Swimming
  • Water Recreation


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 15
  • We require a minimum of 1.5 hour/ week for one semester minimum. Classes meet on Saturdays from 12:30-3:30pm during the fall of 2022
  • You must be a capable swimmer, enjoy children, be open minded and have a playful nature.

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