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Special Needs Aquatic Program

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Swim with our special swimmers and help them shine! It's great fun and you make a difference! We need our volunteer coaches to work with our swimmers so they can enjoy the water, make friends, learn, exercise, and have fun! Check us out at snapkids.org

Our special swimmers have physical and/or developmental challenges such as cerebral palsy and autism. You 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 our swimmers. Training is provided. Your creativity, good energy, and fun are all welcome! We hope that you build a special relationship with your swimmer as SNAP is often a highlight of the week for our swimmers and volunteers.

Classes typically run from late Sept-Dec and late Jan-May. We have a mini SNAP in the summer. We ask that you commit at least one hour per week for one semester (more hours are fine). Our classes are on Fridays at 5:00 and 6:00pm and on Sundays at 11:30, 12:30, and 1:30.

You must be at least 15 years old, be a capable swimmer, enjoy children, have a good sense of humor, and a playful nature. Our volunteers span the lifespan - it's great fun for all! : )

See you in the water!

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About Special Needs Aquatic Program


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

Mission Statement

SNAP 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.


We'll work with your schedule.


2001 Allston WayBerkeley, CA 94701



  • Swimming
  • Child Welfare
  • Special Needs


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Must be at least 15
  • We require a minimum of 1 hour/ week for one semester minimum. Classes meet on Fridays at 5:00 and 6:00 and Sundays 11:30, 12:30 and 1:30
  • You must be at least 15 years old, be a capable swimmer, enjoy children, have a good sense of humor, and a playful nature.

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