swim lesson


Dear Early Intervention Provider:

Making Waves is a collaboration of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Department of Education, and Department of Youth and Community Development that provides free swimming lessons to NYC children ages 6 to 18.  Last year, approximately 3,000 young people learned to swim, or improved their swimming ability, with Making Waves. 

This summer, Making Waves is introducing classes for children ages 3 to 5 with special needs.  We are seeking providers of Early Intervention and early childhood services to partner with us to make this opportunity available to families with children 3-5 years of age with special needs.

The goal of Making Waves is to reduce the disproportionate risk of drowning among black and Latino youth, and provide opportunities for physical activity and recreation, while familiarizing children with safety skills in the water. For children with special needs, the process of learning to swim also helps with balance, coordination, and the development of motor skills. 

The pilot will be held at one of the Making Waves pool facilities, depending on the location of the partnering service agency. The final list of pools is being finalized. The locations listed below have been confirmed – three more locations may be added.



John Adams

101-01 Rockaway Blvd. Ozone Park, NY 11417


350 Grand Street, New York, NY 10002


911 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226


105 Hamilton Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301

Brooklyn Tech

29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217

Campus Magnet HS

207-01 116th Avenue, Cambria Heights, NY 11411


120 East 184th Street, Bronx, NY 10468

Classes will run from 10 AM to 6 PM, five days a week, for six weeks.  The pilot will take into consideration factors including pool temperature, depth of the pool, and parental supervision.

Early Intervention Provider Agencies that are interested in participating in this pilot should contract Jordan Reisner at:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by June 17, 2019.

Thank you for your work to provide quality services to children with developmental delays and disabilities.