The Special Olympics HCY Dolphins Swim Team is a volunteer organization that introduces individuals, ages 8 to adults, with special needs to athletic competition.  

Swim Assessments will be conducted on Monday, September 23rd and 30th at 4:00 – 5:30 pm for those who are interested in competition.  This process is required for registration to the Special Olympics swim team.  This assessment will be done by the Special Olympics coaches to assess the swim level of each athlete.

Swimmers participating in this program should successfully demonstrate an understanding of the basic technique in at least freestyle or backstroke; must be able to participate in a group, and swim independently without any assistance.

  • Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards independently using the following strokes: freestyle (no doggie paddle) or backstroke. 
  • Tread water for 1 minute.
  •  Swimmers must be able to follow directions from coaches on deck.

We offer two practices a week to train, improve swimming skills and build endurance. Swim practices are held on Mondays 4:35 pm – 5:30 pm and Fridays 3:50 pm – 4:45 pm at the Deer Path Branch of the Y. The swim team season runs from October through June. Swimmers have the opportunity to compete at the Area Meet, and based on their qualifications, can advance to the Sectional and State meets.

We encourage those who cannot meet the Special Olympics requirements to consider appropriate Y group or individual swim lessons to help prepare them to become a team member.

Hunterdon County Y offers swim lessons for all ages and abilities. See Swim Lessons  for details.

Interested parties may contact Aphrodite Fluke, Head Coach, at afluke@mac.com for more information.

If you’re interested in volunteering with the Special Olympics Swim Team, please visit the Volunteer page.
The Special Olympics swim team is supported by funds raised through the HCY Annual Campaign and the Special Olympics NJ Hunterdon County.


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