FUSE Adaptive Swim Program Now Enrolling Volunteers and Swimmers

FUSE is pleased to offer our 12th annual adaptive swim program for children with disabilities.  Hancock Wellness Center in Greenfield will host our program again this year.  The adaptive swim program is geared toward non-swimmers and beginning swimmers with disabilities of all types who need to build swimming skills to become independent in the water.  Each swimmer is assisted in the water by a one-on-one volunteer.  Swimmers from age 5 to 15 can participate.  We are pleased to announce a new partnership with I Can We Can Pediatric Therapy, who will be providing us with an adaptive aquatics instructor with over 25 years of experience in the field to assist with the program.  For details, see the information below.

Location:  Hancock Wellness Center, 888 W New Road, Greenfield

Schedule:  6:30 to 7:30 pm, beginning Friday, September 30, and ending Friday, November 18

Limited to 15 swimmers.  A waiting list will be maintained if more than 15 applications are received.


$80 payable to FUSE, Inc. Limited scholarships are available. See the swim application for more details.


Click here to download the 2016 Swimmer Application

Click here to download the release of liability waiver

(for both swimmers and volunteers)


Information for interested volunteers:

Volunteers are needed to work one-on-one with children ages 5 to 15 in the water.  Volunteers must be ages 15 or older.  Both adult and student volunteers are essential to the success of the program, so both are encouraged to apply!  No previous experience is required.  Volunteers must have basic swimming skills and be comfortable working with children of various types of disabilities under the direction of the adaptive swim instructor and other volunteer program consultants.

Volunteers should be able to commit to at least 5 of the 8 Fridays of the program. If you cannot commit to that many sessions, you can participate as a substitute on weeks where we have a need.  Contact us for more information.


Click here to download the 2016 Volunteer Registration Form


For questions, call Denise Arland, Executive Director, at 462-9064 or email darland@fuseinc.org.


About the instructor:  

Carolyn Sprehe graduated with a B.S. in Exercise Science from Northeast Missouri State/Truman University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Occuptional Therap. Carolyn has been employed in a variety of aspects of aquatics for 25 years, including: lifeguarding, adaptive aquatics, swim instructor, providing aquatic exercise, trainer, consultant, and manager of therapists who utilize aquatics as a treatment option. She administered aquatic exercise and therapy programs for ShowMe Aquatics & Fitness for 12 years. She has provided adaptive aquatic services to individuals with the following diagnoses: Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Spinal Cord Injury,Muscular Dystrophy, Traumatic Brain Injury, Multiple Sclerosis and other diagnoses. She has presented for the Aquatic Therapy and Rehabilitation Institute (ATRI). Carolyn received the 2003 Outstanding Recreation Provider Award sponsored by the Recreation Council of Greater St. Louis. She currently provides adaptive aquatics and swim lessons for I Can We Can Pediatric Therapy in Indianapolis, Indiana. 


Thank you to our 2016 Adaptive Swim Sponsors!

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