Special needs children enjoy swimming pool adventures
Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club provides swim and water safety lessons to children and their parents
Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club is held Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. at the Gonzales Park Aquatic Center located at 1101 W. Cressey St. in Compton. Photo courtesy Gonzales Park
Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club provides splashing, frolicking fun for Compton kids with autism
COMPTON – First District Compton City Councilmember Janna Zurita is determined to share with special needs children the fun of frolicking in swimming pools like other kids this summer.
Zurita has opened the door to the splashing, giggling and playing in the water for special needs children through her “Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club.”
The Club provides swim and water safety lessons to children and their parents.
“We created a way for special needs children and their parents to enjoy being in the water this summer because we care about making sure these kids enjoy their childhoods and having fun in the water just like all other kids,” Zurita said.
“We know that special needs children miss out on a lot of the joys of childhood that other children take for granted. We wanted to change that by creating a way show them how to safely have fun in the water and to experience the joy of swimming with their friends,” she said.
“This project is meant to engage parents with their children around water safety and recreation. Parental participation is a requirement and parents have to pre-register and complete a waiver form,” Zurita added.
The club’s training sessions are held at Gonzales Park Aquatic Center at 1101 W. Cressey St. in Compton [MAP].
The City’s “Special Needs Swim Adventurers Club” is sponsored by Zurita, Compton’s Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hub City Autism Network, and UPS.
The club provides children and their parent’s training in water safety techniques, swimming lessons and instruction on how to make playing in the pool a part of their summer recreation.
The club is in session mornings, June 10 through Aug. 5, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
For more information call the office of Councilperson Zurita at (310) 605-5510 or Consuelo Evans at (424) 242-3899.
Hub City Autism Network (HubCAN) is a nonprofit organization in Compton that focuses on increasing autism awareness and providing services to families of children with autism. It was founded in 2009 by Consuelo Evans, a mother of a child with autism.