Swim Lessons and Autism

June 10, 2024
Swim Lessons and Autism

Does your little one love the water? Do they just jump for joy when they hear they’re going swimming in the pool or at the beach, or are they a little frightened? Have they been taught to swim? Here’s two local programs that can help your child acclimate to the water and learn how to swim!

Goldfish Swim School

The Goldfish Swim School is a national company that teaches children as little as 4 months to 12 years the basics of swimming and builds foundational skills necessary for swimming. They even work with kids who may want to take part in competitive swimming!

Goldfish welcomes any and all children to take part in their swim classes! In fact, they highly recommend bringing in children with special needs, especially autism, considering that drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children with autism. To check out their special accommodations they provide special need students, including smaller class sizes and working as fast or as slow with your child as they need, click the link to their article below!


The closest Goldfish Swim School is here in Ann Arbor on W Stadium Street. Classes are usually 30 minutes a week and feature a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Lessons start at just $31 per lesson!! If you’re interested in taking the whole family or wish to swim with your child, they do offer family swim hours that don’t require a reservation or a membership! Below is their contact information and a link directly to their website to check out pricing, hours, swim lesson hours, getting a swim assessment, take a virtual tour, and learn more about their staff!


2107 West Stadium Blvd Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Jeremiah W – General Manager

(734) 849-2038

SafeSplash Swim School

For those who live closer to Detroit and surrounding neighborhoods, the SafeSplash Swim School in Royal Oak also provides lessons for children and adults with special needs! Their Adaptive Aquatics program promotes comfort and safety in addition to reaching the basic goals of every swimmer. This program recommends these children start in private classes to ensure proper instruction and individualized lesson plans are structured based on the goals and interests of each swimmer.

To learn more about the specifics of this program and the benefits of swimming with Autism and special needs, follow the link below!


Lessons vary from $103 to $318 per month depending on the types of lessons and whether or not your child does group or private lessons. Below we’ve included their contact information and a link directly to Royal Oak’s website that includes hours, specific pricing, testimonials, and information regarding enrolling your child!


25352 Woodward Ave Royal Oak, MI 48067

Tez – General Manager

Cindy - Manager

(248) 291-3101