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Adaptive AthletesWell friends, we’ve told you who we are. We’ve told you where the money goes. Let’s talk about our mission a little more.

Our Mission

Most people who want to swim hardly know where to start, and struggle with fear and anxiety in the water. Unfortunately, many of those most at risk of accidental drowning are often the same people who don’t have the resources needed to be safe and successful in the water. We believe everyone should be able to learn the life-saving skill of swimming, particularly the most vulnerable members of our community, and we know you do too. At One with the Water, our mission is to train all our swimmers to be confident, courageous, successful and safe.

We know life with special needs can be unpredictable, challenging, and isolating. That’s why, in addition to our regular infant, child, and adult swim lessons, we developed an Adaptive Athletes program to train athletes from elementary age, through high school and beyond. Our coaches are certified and equipped to manage ADD & ADHD, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Down and CHARGE syndrome, Sensory Integration Issues, auditory processing disorders, amputation, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, spinal cord injury, obesity, and more.

Adaptive Athletes Training

When our adaptive athletes begin training, expert coaches assess their unique needs and design a custom training plan to build their awareness and confidence in the water. They learn what success looks like, both in competition and in life.

In addition, swimming provides measurable health and therapeutic benefits for our special needs community in and out of the water. From better balance and gross motor skills, to improved speech and communication, our adaptive athletes are changing their lives by learning to swim. Their risk of accidental drowning plummets by 88%. Being a part of a team reduces isolation and creates positive peer relationships that carry over outside of the pool. They have the confidence to conquer their fears!   

Create Miracles

We know you want to be compassionate, involved members of your community. When you donate to One with the Water, you create real and lasting change in the lives of our adaptive athletes. They are confident, courageous, successful, and safe, thanks to you!


  • $180 a month provides a child access to the life-changing swim team preparing them for high school and college!
  • $275 a month teaches a special needs child the lifesaving skill of swimming.
  • $5000 provides education and credentialing for our coaches.
  • $10,000 provides six months of pool access.

And did you know tomorrow is #GivingTuesday? 

“#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season.

We’d love for you to celebrate your holidays this year by helping us create miracles in the lives of our adaptive athletes. DONATE TODAY and share this post with the hashtag #givingtuesday to be a part of this worldwide movement. Remember to tag us, too! 


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