Along with our many program offerings for individuals with Special Needs, the Y has an aquatics Special Services Programs that is top of the line and has received medals for their effort.

Below is a list of programs that we offer for those with special needs. 


Special Olympics Swim Team NSYMCA

Offered in Winter & Spring 2018


Join us for fun and exercise or train with us to compete. The North Suburban YMCA Special Olympics swim team competes in the Special Olympic of Illinois swim meet, offering our swimmers the best combination of team sport and individual challenge.

  • All Participants for competition must be at least 8-years-old and able to swim 25 yards on their back and front.
  • Friday beginner classes do not require the child to have strong swimming abilities as we will teach them safety in the pool as well as swimming in a fun environment. Beginner class participants can be as young as 6-years-old.
  • Swimmers will be placed in proper swim team groups for practice. Practices will occur Fridays and Sundays.
  • Swimmers are welcomed to come join us in the water to try the program.
  • For more information or how to join, please email Missy Contri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


The North Suburban YMCA’s “Flying Turtles” Swim Team achieved outstanding success in the Special Olympics District Swim Meet, held in Lake Forest, Illinois on March 19. By the end of the event, the team had collected a total of 21 medals, and nine team members had qualified to compete in the Special Olympics Illinois State Games in June. Just as importantly, every swimmer experienced the satisfaction and excitement of facing challenges and surpassing expectations.

Now in its third year at the North Suburban YMCA, the Flying Turtles Swim Team currently includes almost 30 swimmers. Coached by Tom March, the Y’s lead instructor for special needs services, the team brought home 13 gold medals, four silvers, and four bronzes from the March 19 meet. Nine of the swimmers qualified for the State Games, which will be held on June 10. Each participant gained the confidence and accomplishment of competing at a major meet with 20 other teams and enjoyed celebrating the team’s success together. A video created by March shows the pride felt by the team and their families.

“Every swimmer did an amazing job,” notes March. “Whether they were awarded with a first place medal or a participant ribbon, you could just see how they all beamed with their accomplishments. This year was the biggest showing that the North Suburban Y has ever had at the District meet, and we have a record number of swimmers going on to the Special Olympics State Games. I couldn’t be prouder of these swimmers and all they’ve achieved.”


Private Swim

Offered in Winter & Spring 2018


These one-on-one lesson are 30 minutes in length. Prices vary for semi-private lessons. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to set up your private lessons. Director’s approval is needed prior to registration. We are known in our community for professional and effective special needs private lessons specifically designed for each participant with the initial goal of water safety in and around the water.


We offer a variety of special services programming exercise connection, yoga, workout buddy, and healthy living class. For more information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.