Please read the information on this page. Submission of the questionnaire is required.
This program is wait-listed. Parents will be contacted when openings are available.
Starfish Swim Club classes are specifically designed to teach children with autism how to safely swim in the water, NOT for refining technique or preparing for swim team.
Graduates will be able to swim the length of the 25-yard Watertown High School pool, including the deep end, and tread water for two minutes. If your swimmer has accomplished these skills, he/she is not a candidate for Starfish Swim Club and may be better suited for private swim lessons.
Not every child is suited to group lessons and might require private lessons, which we do not offer at this time. While our instructors are certified Swim AngelFish trained, they are not behavioral tech's. If your child exhibits aggressive or eloping behaviors, this program is not the right fit for your child.
The Starfish Swim Club is coordinated by Watertown Parks & Recreation and located at the Watertown High School pool (324 French Street).
Starfish Swim Club Terms & Conditions
There is an ongoing wait-list for this program.
Parents/guardians will be contacted when there is an opening.
Age range: 4 through 12
Due to volunteer and swim buddy staffing, Starfish Swim Club requires 24-hour notice for lesson cancellations. In cases of emergency, we understand that shorter notice may be given, but it is imperative to communicate.
Three (3) cancellations in a row may result in a swimmer being moved back to the wait list.
Adult behavior techs or BCBA's as 1:1 "swim buddies" are welcome, if necessary. Starfish Swim Club reserves the right to assist in making this determination. Swim buddies are required to be in the pool with the swimmers. Please note: The Starfish Swim Club will not provide BCBA or behavior tech support. Sun, Moon & Stars, Inc. will not provide BCBA or behavior tech support. The Town of Watertown will not provide BCBA or behavior tech support.
Children and siblings must be supervised at all times in the pool area. Absolutely no running is allowed on the pool deck (it is slippery). At the conclusion of a lesson, everyone must exit the pool area.
Children who are inconsistent with potty training must wear a swim diaper or protective swim pants. If a child soils himself or herself in the pool without protection, the pool will be closed for a "code brown," resulting in a cleaning fee of $45 payable by the parent/guardian. If a child vomits, for any reason, the pool will be closed for a "code green," resulting in a cleaning fee of $45 payable by the parent/guardian.