Aquatic exercise and swimming are excellent ways to move, maintain, and improve physical health. The buoyancy of the water lifts the body, while the viscosity (thickness) of the water provides resistance. For people of all abilities, exercising in water can provide greater range of motion, improved balance, increased flexibility, strengthening, and improved cardiovascular fitness. For people with disabilities, accessibility and safety come together making the aquatic environment an excellent choice for exercise.
In May of 2012, the ADA updated requirements for accessible pools. Please click on the following link for the ADA Requirements of Accessible Pools Means of Entry and Exit.
Aquatic exercise can be enjoyed by people of all abilities provided that the environment is safe and accessible. This article contains links and checklists for safety and accessibility. We hope this will be a guide for finding the best place for you to enjoy aquatics.