Special Needs Swim

Special Needs Swim In its 40th year, SLiCE Adaptive Swim (SAS), formerly Special Needs Swim, continues to create meaningful relationships between student volunteers and community members of all ages with a variety of abilities and disabilities.  Each week, students and their partners spend an hour in the pool for exercise, games, and friendship. These sessions are oriented towards developing relationships, improving body coordination and skills, and most importantly, having fun in the water!  Through mutually beneficial relationships, participants gain a greater sense of connection with others and strength within themselves. 

Volunteers are supported by a strong sense of camaraderie among their peers and challenged in new ways through exposure to difference, vulnerability, and reflection.  Volunteers and participants alike have come to expect opportunities for growth, community, and fun, and a rewarding experience.


There are two sections of SAS. Each swim session is preceded by a volunteer meeting featuring teambuilding, community partner presentations, and reflection on topics related to disability, service, and advocacy. 

  • Sunday afternoons from 3:30-5:30pm at the Edora Pool and Ice Center’s (EPIC) swimming pool. Participants must be at EPIC by 4:30 PM
  • Thursday evenings from 5:30-7:30pm at the Edora Pool and Ice Center’s (EPIC) swimming pool. Participants must be at EPIC by 6:30 PM

*Carpooling is available if needed.  Volunteers must be willing to make a weekly commitment for the entire school year (excluding school breaks).

 EPIC is located at 1801 Riverside in Fort Collins

Get Involved!


New volunteer applications for Spring 2015 are available here and returning volunteer applications are available here.  We accept applications on a first-come first-served basis, SLiCE is looking for students willing to challenge themselves, commit to the process, and join our community of dedicated, patient, and friendly volunteers.  Previous experience working with this population is not necessary, though certainly welcomed.  Please check back at the beginning of the academic school year if you are interested, or contact us over the summer to join our waiting list. Priority applications are due by February 4, 2015.


Referral forms for current/returning participants are available here. We are excited to welcome people back for another great year!  Newly interested people wanting to join SAS can also use the same referral form here.  The application process is first-come-first-serve; therefore we recommend applicants contact us sooner rather later as available positions fill up fast!  Though we will accept applications on an on-going basis, we request they be submitted by Friday, September 11th, 2015. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact jessica.charbonneau@colostate.edu, sliceadaptiveswim@gmail.com, or call 970-491-1682.


For more information contact the Slice Adaptive Swim Coordinator at sliceadaptiveswim@gmail.com or the Volunteer Programs Graduate Coordinator at Jessica.charbonneau@colostate.edu or 970-491-7817. Feel free to stop by the Student Leadership Involvement & Community Engagement (SLICE) Office located in the Lory Student Center Main Level, Room 210.


210 Lory Student Center
8033 Campus Delivery

Fort Collins, CO 80523

Phone: (970) 491-1682
Fax: (970) 491-2826

Monday through Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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SLiCE SNS is looking for volunteers! Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

New Volunteer Application

Returning Volunteer Application