Cincinnati Recreation Commission

Cincinnati Recreation Commission

Therapeutic Recreation Aquatics Programs

Adaptive Aquatics

Therapeutic Recreation Aquatics Programs


CRC's Aquatics Division strives for inclusiveness through aquatics programs that include social interaction for you or someone you know who has autism, cerebral palsy, arthritis, is recovering from any injury or a stroke, and persons with any disability.

The programs offers trained staff for a variety of group and individual instruction and are designed to include all ability levels, incorporating the Red Cross Swim Progression.


Preschool Water Exploration

This class focuses on safety, strength, flexibility and gross motor skills for children with developmental delays and disabilities (and is also open registration for typical developing siblings/peers). This program is designed to introduce preschool aged children ages 3-5 to the water, basic safety skills, and beginning to learn to swim programs. Parents will be taught to safely work with their children in the water during the 6-week course. Parents are required to stay and be involved with their child during class. Individual instructors will take into consideration individual needs of the child including sensory, auditory, spatial, and motor concerns. Positive aquatic experiences early in life prepare children for lifelong aquatic fun filled adventures.

Saturdays 9:15-9:45 am
Cost: $75
Maximum of 6
Ages: 3-5
Contact: Cecille Domingo-Jones, (513) 352-4056

Summer: June 4th – July 9th


Splash and Dash: Inclusive Land and Water Playgroup

(Ages 6 - 10) This program will consist of 40 minutes of land programming and 40 minutes of aquatic programming.  The land component will focus on strength, endurance and stretching as well as fine and gross motor skills.  Participants will engage in a variety of land based activities that include scooter boards, parachute, dance, yoga, movement exploration, art, music, and more.  The aquatic component will focus on basic water safety skills, as well as developing the fundamentals of swimming.  Children and their parents will discover ways for children with and without disabilities to be active and to use their motor skills to promote health, fitness and social interaction for a lifetime! Children will participate in developmentally appropriate play activities designed to foster physical, cognitive, and social development.

Program activities will be designed by a Recreation Therapist and adapted to allow for all children to experience success both in the water and in the gym. The small group setting provides opportunities for socialization and functional play.

Mt. Auburn Indoor Pool: Water    LeBlond Recreation Center: Land                          

Thursdays: 5:15-5:55                     Fridays: 5:15-5:55

Cost: $175
Summer: May 31st – July 8th 
Contact: Cecille Domingo-Jones, (513) 352-4056


Components of Water Safety Events

  • Information on Learn To Swim programs
  • In-water swim skill support & family-fun swim
  • Basic water rescue
  • CPR/First Aid information
  • Water safety techniques
  • Answers about participating in water activities
  • Disability-specific information

Warm Water Adapted Aquatics

Warm Water Adapted Aquatics is designed to include participants of all ability levels, incorporate the Red Cross Swim Progression, the Therapeutic Recreation Sequential Swim Progression for individuals with disabilities.

  • Location: Mt. Auburn Indoor Pool, 2034 Young Street, 45219
  • Cost: $100
  • Tuesdays/Thursdays: 4:30 to 5:10 pm, 5:15 to 5:55 pm & 6 to 6:40 pm
  • Saturdays: 10-10:40am, 10:45-11:25am, 11:30-12:10pm, 12:15-12:55pm.
  • Spring Session: March 22nd – April 30th
  • Summer Session: May 31st – July 9th

  • Sharks Swim Team

Dry Land Strength Training is included in this program.

Practice: Tuesdays/Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:30 pm 

Location: Mt Auburn Indoor Pool, 2034 Young Street, 45219

Cost: $200 (includes CRC Pool Membership and participation in citywide swim meet)

  • Winter/Spring Session: February 2nd –April 28th at UC Keating Aquatic Center
  • Summer Session: May 31st – July 28th at Mt. Auburn Indoor Pool


Arthritis Aquatics

  • Pool benefits of aquatic exercise:
  • Relieve and decrease pain and stiffness
  • Exercise without straining joints and muscles
  • Friendly and supportive atmosphere
  • Make new friends and try new activities
  • Decrease feelings of depression and isolation
  • Improve independence and self-esteem
  • Gain strength and flexibility

Please consult your physician prior to registration, and please contact us if you’re unsure about your ability to participate physically.

Location: Mt. Auburn Indoor Pool, 2034 Young Street, Cincinnati 45219

Cost: $40 for 10 classes, or $72 for 20 classes

Spring Sessions: March 21st – May 20th

Summer Sessions: June 6th – July 29th

Monday/Wednesday 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday 3-4 p.m.

Friday 1-2 p.m.

Those Needing Assistance

If someone needs assistance in order to successfully participate, you can request an accommodation. Our Inclusion Team will assist individuals with disabilities while participating in aquatic programs.

The Inclusion staff will:

  1. Assist in identifying a Cincinnati Recreation Commission aquatic program that fits your needs and interests.
  2. Assist in the process of registering and if necessary requesting an accommodation.
  3. Assist pool staff and instructors in providing necessary accommodation and other supports for successful participation.