Kid in swimming pool with goggles

Aquatic Zone
Does not have a special needs program but has a lot of experience teaching students with Autism to swim.  Year round programs.


Aqua Tots
Rancho Cucamonga
Has a Special Needs Aquatic Program (S.N.A.P.) is designed to create lessons tailored to each child’s special needs and abilities. This class may serve children who have been diagnosed with behavioral, developmental, learning, medical or mental challenges.

Desert Swim Academy
Tanya Orozco – Special Needs Swim Lessons
Palm Desert
(760) 831-9066

Desert Swim Academy welcomes all ages and all disabilities.
Fontana Park Aquatic Center 
(909) 854-5111
Aquability (Special Needs Swim Lessons) Ages 4 yrs.+ Students enrolled will range in all ages and abilities with different intellectual and physical disabilities. Students will be swim tested and placed together based on ability during the first-class meeting. No swim test required.

Riverside City Parks and Recreation
The City of Riverside PRCSD accommodates all participants regardless of limitations individuals may have. The City of Riverside Aquatics program along with Swim Angel Fish provide a fun and safe environment while developing swimmers’ abilities based on individual needs providing them with tools and skills necessary to become a successful swimmer.  Go to their website to complete form and email.  Private lessons are available.


Schurkman Lil Sharks
Jared Schurkman
(951) 751-4391
12 years of experience teaching children with ASD to swim. ABA therapist working with children for four years.

Special Olympics
Held in Central Riverside, Desert, Fontana, Mojave, Rebels, Temecula
February – June
Because of the wide array of swimming events offered, it is appropriate for a range of ages and ability levels. Swimming competition events are based on a variety of strokes. An athlete with Down syndrome who has been diagnosed with Atlanto-Axial Instability may not participate in Butterfly events, Individual Medley events, diving starts or diving.
Sunsational Swim School
Private Swim Lesson in your own pool – Inland Empire. Their effective-yet-gentle approach to swimming lessons in all of the suburbs of the Inland Empire area—from San Bernardino to Murrieta and everywhere in between—consists of private, personalized classes that quickly allow our students of all ages (even adults!) to gain the skills to better avoid falling into a pool, and how to turn around and reach the wall if they do fall in.

SwimSafe Aquatics
(951) 226-7562
They offer year-round swimming lessons in our customized saltwater lesson pool, which is heated to 92 degrees. We use a combination of sand, salt, and copper ion technology to keep the pool clean, without the use of harmful chemicals. They have over 25 years’ experience and a passion for teaching. We specialize in the Swim Float Swim method and have been highly trained by the best in the business, Including the originator of the Swim Float Swim Method. We are highly trained and specialize in teaching children with Special Needs.


Tans Private Swim Lessons
20 years elite swim instructor. Special Needs students welcome.

Temecula Community Services
Learning to swim is for everyone. These classes for participants with special needs will focus on basic water skills and water adjustment to help participants gain confidence in the water and improve kicking and stroking ability.

Victorville Parks and Recreation – VIP Program
Ages three and older.  An adult must get in the water with the participant and teach them water safety at his/her own pace.  A lifeguard will be present.

Autism Society Options Policy

This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.

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