Wisconsin Swim Academy: The best swim school for children with special abilities

 Wisconsin Swim Academy is the best swim school for children with special abilities.

Teaching kids with special abilities how to swim is not only a good idea, it is essential!  For kids with Down Syndrome, attention deficit disorders, sensory issues, motor skill delays, Autism and other special abilities, swimming can help improve muscle tone and strength, balance, coordination, behavior, self control, communication, self esteem…..the list goes on and on.  The truth is, the benefits of swimming for all of us are tremendous.  For kids with special needs, swimming helps foster courage, confidence, trust, friendships and most importantly, can save a life.  At Wisconsin Swim Academy, we can (and do!) teach kids with special abilities a necessary life skill that can help improve many aspects of their life.

Why we’re the best!

  • Consistency
    Our highly trained instructors all go through the same rigorous training program. That means that each class will have the same high quality instruction with a swim program that is proven to help your child become a strong, confident swimmer.
  • Unique lesson plans
    Every child is different and unique in their own special way. At Wisconsin Swim Academy, your child will have a lesson plan written specifically for them and their individual needs and abilities.
  • Patience
    We know that not all kids learn the same way.  That is why our instructors use patience and understanding to help your kiddos achieve their goals. We celebrate all accomplishments, big and small.
  • Small Class Sizes
    At Wisconsin Swim Academy, we believe that  one on one attention will provide children with special abilities the focused instruction that will help them become strong swimmers.  We offer only semi-private or private lessons.  That means your child will get the individualized attention he or she deserves and will not be distracted by large class sizes.
  • Progress Reports/Communication
    At the end of each session, you will receive a progress report, giving you detailed information on how your child is doing, goals they have achieved and skills they can work on in the pool and at home.
  • New Facility (in the works!)
    As many of you know we are in the process of planning our new facility.  We are just as excited as you are, but what is even more awesome, is that our new pool will be wheelchair/handicapped accessible!  We will be the only warm water pool in the City of Appleton and surrounding areas that will have this feature.

Benefits of Swimming for Children with Special Abilities

We told you why we know Wisconsin Swim Academy is the best swim school for kiddos with special abilities. Now we’re going to tell you the awesome benefits swimming offers for these unique and wonderful children:


Here is a startling fact–Drowning is the leading cause of death for kids with Autism.  Across the board, children with special needs have a higher risk of drowning.  Taking swimming lessons at Wisconsin Swim Academy will help teach kids with special abilities the skills required to be safe in and around water.  It will provide them with an increased spatial awareness and help improve balance, which can help prevent accidents.


The emotional benefits of learning to swim for kids with special abilities are so many, that we can’t fit all of them in this post!  Here are just a few:

  • Improved behavior and increased focus:
    Swimming has been named one of the best sports for children with ADHD.  It helps release excess energy and it allows children to compete as individuals while still being part of a larger team. Swimming aids in relaxation, improves mood and helps release excess energy.
  • Increase confidence and socialization:
    One of the benefits for special abilities children is exposure to others including students, parents and instructors.  Socialization skills are being addressed and worked on in a setting that is not obvious or forced. And as the child learns new skills and reaches new goals, they will have a profound sense of accomplishment, thus increasing their confidence.


When is comes to a sport or activity, water is one of the great equalizers. Water provides 30 times more deep pressure to the body than air and provides and full contact output to the body.  What does this all mean? Swimming provides:

  • Increased aerobic fitness
  • Increased range of motion
  • Increased muscle endurance, tone and strength
  • Increased flexibility, balance and coordination
  • Improved communication skills

Have questions or want to hear more?  Give us a call at 920-427-8286 or send us an email at swim@staging.wisconsinswim.flywheelsites.com. We look forward to hearing from you!