SwimAbilities – General Information

SwimAbilities: Community Swimming Program

SwimAbilities News and Updates

(up to date as of August 17, 2015)

  • The City of Edmonton is no longer offering SwimAbilities at this time.  Please call 311 for information regarding other swimming optio
  • SwimAbilities has just started a new partnership with the Lifesaving Society. Stay tuned for more details.
  • If you are looking for reusable swim diapers, please see updated Resources page.
  • Every child who does not yet fit into regular lessons is welcome in SwimAbilities, regardless of whether or not they have a diagnosis.


What is SwimAbilities?

This community-based, leveled swimming program is geared for children ages 3 to 16, with special needs, who need additional support to achieve their beginning swimmer goals and to increase their safety, independence, and enjoyment in and around the water.  

Our goal is to have all  children, regardless of their individual needs, swimming as independently and safely as possible!

Schedules and Registration

Click our Schedules and Registration link to see information regarding SwimAbilities levels, locations, and how to register.

Not sure what level to register in?  Check Deciding on a Level under the Schedules and Registration tab.


Our Frequently Asked Questions Page provides the answers to many more questions about SwimAbilities including information about who would benefit, families or aides in the water, swimming levels, and instructors.

Topics include:

What is SwimAbilities?

Who is it for?

Who would benefit?

Does SwimAbilities work?

Does someone have to be in the water with my child?

Is SwimAbilities grouped by skill level?

Where is the program running and how do I register?

Who teaches the classes?

Who can I contact if I have any questions?


Please contact Laura Dumas, SwimAbilities Coordinator for further information on SwimAbilities or other swimming options for children with special needs.

Friends of SwimAbilities

Speedo® Canada kindly donated goggles, nose plugs and ear plugs for families to trial during SwimAbilities classes.  Ask your SwimAbilities instructor for more information.  Special thanks to the people at Speedo® Canada!