Vancouver Park Board – Access Services (Adapted Aquatics Volunteer)

Organization Name: Vancouver Park Board – Access Services
Opportunity Title: Adapted Aquatics Volunteer
Category: Sports and Recreation
Commitment: Ongoing Opportunity (> 1 year)
Start Date: November 30, 2016
End Date: November 1, 2019

  • Background Check Required
  • Appropriate for Volunteers Aged 55 and Over
  • Appropriate for Youth (i.e.
  • less than 18)
  • Training or Orientation Required
Opportunity Description:

Tuesday 4:30-8:30pm Assist with children and youth swimming lessons. The students have a variety of developmental/physical disabilities and are at various swim levels. The classes are a maximum of three students to one instructor and students are supported by volunteers. Lessons consist of swimming and playing all at the ability level of the student. It is a great opportunity to learn about how to teach kids with disabilities and lets you do so in a fun and supportive environment. We ask for a minimum of 1 hour per evening but many volunteers’ stay for longer than the one hour. Volunteers must be at least 15 yrs of age. Thursday 5:30-9:00pm Assist adults with physical disabilities in the pool and, if comfortable, in the change room. Volunteers are supervised by Vancouver Park Board staff to help people access the pool and to complete their swim program. This is a very successful social/recreational program that encourages people to stay active and maintain social connections. Volunteers are able to develop meaningful connections with participants and come to have a greater understanding of the issues facing people with disabilities. We ask for a minimum of 1.5 hours per evening but many volunteers’ stay for longer. Volunteers must be at least 15 yrs of age.    

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