Special Needs

Adaptive Special Needs Programs

In compliance with the Temporary Targeted Safer at Home Order for Control of COVID-19 from the LA County Health Department and orders from the Pasadena Department of Public Health, the Special Needs programming is temporarily suspended effective December 1st.  Please check back for more information! 

The Rose Bowl Aquatics Center offers several programs to meet the aquatic therapy and wellness needs of our special needs clients. We are here to ensure that our patrons receive the highest quality instruction and benefits from all we have to offer. Inclusion, consistency, and progress are the hallmarks of our therapeutic programs. Our programs address the needs of our patrons of all ages and abilities. Water is a great equalizer amongst our diverse community and we want everyone to be able to enjoy the water safely. Our goal is to provide quality swim lessons and aquatic therapy programs to our patrons.


Amanda Bardwell
Adaptive Swim Instructor, Office Administrator
Kandis Pulliam
Lifeguard Manager and Head Coach, Rays
Ellen Sheehan
Adaptive Swim Instructor, Rays Coach, Camp Splash Director
Cassie Morla
Adaptive Swim Instructor
Cameron Lee
Water Fitness Instructor, Adaptive Swim Instructor



Group Classes

  • Class tuition is due upon enrollment
  • Once a swimmer is enrolled, no refunds or credits are available for missed classes.
  • Only one make-up class is allowed and must be used during the same month with instructor approval and provided there is room in the class.
  • Account credits will only be issued in cases of unexpected pool closures or with a doctor’s note.

Private and Semi-Private Lessons

  • Private lessons require a minimum cancellation of 12 hours prior to lesson time.
  • Notify the therapy office, instructor, or front desk as soon as possible for all cancellations.
  • A credit to your RBAC account will be issued for a future lesson or the lesson can be rescheduled.
  • If the cancellation is less than 12 hours, no credit is given or make-up scheduled. The only exception is with a doctor’s note.
  • In the event a lesson is cancelled due to the instructors unavailability, lightning, or pool closures, etc., clients will be credited for the lesson.
  • There are no make-ups or credits for no shows, unexcused, or missed appointments. For more information, please contact the Therapy Programs Office at 626-564-0330 x 425 or email therapyinfo@rosebowlaquatics.org

Things to Know

  • Avoid feeding the swimmer 30 minutes prior to the lesson
  • Swimmers are not allowed on the pool deck or in the water without their instructor
  • Guardians are asked to remain in the designated waiting area during lessons
  • We try to be consistent, but do not guarantee the same instructor will teach your child at each lesson
  • Arrive five minutes early and have your swimmer ready and be ready to receive your swimmer five minutes before the end of the lesson
  • No chewing gum in the pool or pool area
  • Coaching swimmers from the pool deck is prohibited
  • Notify the instructor of any changes (sickness, behaviors, phone number, e-mail, etc,)
  • Proper swim attire is required. Please no street clothes or baggy shirts.
  • Hair needs to be pulled back away from the face in a ponytail or braid.

What to Bring

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel(s)
  • Sunscreen (apply 30 minutes prior to lesson)
  • Goggles (recommended)
  • Swim diaper (if swimmer is not potty trained)
  • Non-skid slippers or water shoes
  • Lock for locker (optional)
  • Water bottle