By Nicolle Camara
JCC Assistant Director of Physical Education
The JCC is excited to offer a new adaptive swim program that provides one-on-one training for community members of all ages with intellectual and physical disabilities. It allows students the opportunity to feel comfortable in the water, learn safety skills, work on swimming skills, maintain and increase physical fitness, and achieve success in the water. The instructors emphasize swimming skills that are modified to accommodate individual needs.
Amanda Konieczny is the new instructor for the adaptive swim program. She is excited to be working with the JCC of Greater New Haven and has 17.5 years of experience in competitive swimming, including swimming for a USA and collegiate team.
Amanda is able to teach competitive swimming skills to students with disabilities, both developmental and physical, and feels comfortable working with students of all ages, from children to adults.
She has been teaching swimming for eight years with the past 18 months concentrating specifically on working with adaptive students. Amanda is very passionate about teaching swimming not only as a lifesaving skill, but also as a discipline. She believes that learning to swim enforces good listening skills, focus, and diligence. In addition to her swimming expertise, Amanda also has a degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and an MS in Engineering and Operations Management at the University of New Haven.
The JCC is currently forming a committee to consider other adaptive programs it can offer the community. If you or your child are interested in signing up for lessons or becoming part of our committee, please call Nicolle at (203) 387-2424 x 237.