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The Fairfax County Park Authority offers a variety of activities such as classes, camps and tours in a wide variety of categories including aquatics, fitness, nature, dance, outdoor recreation, performing arts, history and many more. Special events, trips/tours and specialty workshops are listed in Parktakes, the Park Authority’s quarterly guide, available through free subscription to county citizens. .

Adapted Deep Water Aqua Fitness 13+

This class is designed for individuals with developmental disabilities who are comfortable in water depths over six feet. Classes provide personalized instruction focusing on water exercise and stroke development.


Adapted Fitness Training (13-22 yrs)

(13-22 yrs) Designed for students who have mild intellectual disabilities who can participate in a class with a 4:1 ratio. Learn fitness and wellness skills in a fun and social environment. Class may include weight room exercises, team games, yoga, swimming, outdoor activities and nutrition instruction. Students must be able to ambulate independently.


Adapted Fitness Training (13-Adult)

(13-Adult) Designed for students who have mild intellectual disabilities who can participate in a class with a 4:1 ratio. Learn fitness and wellness skills in a fun and social environment. Class may include weight room exercises, team games, yoga, swimming, outdoor activities and nutrition instruction. Students must be able to ambulate independently.


Adapted Intro to Basic Strokes (8-Adult)

Prerequisite: Students must be able to swim 15 yards independently. This class is designed to prepare students with disabilities for more advanced competitive swimming and focuses on the basic steps and progressions of the four competitive strokes.


Adapted Kayaking (13-Adult)

This beginning kayaking class teaches flat and moving-water kayaking basics while increasing fitness. Students progress from on-land demonstrations and practice to flat-water navigation. Kayaks are recreational/touring types. Helmets and PFDs are provided and required. This adapted class offers additional staff supervision and support with one staff member for every three students.


Adapted Park Explorers (6-11 yrs)

(6-11 yrs.) Students experience nature and history through hands-on experiences designed for children with disabilities. Meet animals who live in our Visitor Center, put your hands on the past as you learn what park archaeologists do and meet some critters who live in the pond. Topics vary by month. June: Amphibians and Reptiles, July: Archaeology, August: Pond Life.


Adapted Pilates (Adults)

This class modifies Pilates fundamentals, exercises and sequencing for a slower-paced practice. Transitions and progression are designed to maximize Pilates exercise benefits with accommodations for people with disabilities or other health considerations that prevent participation in a standard class. ~


Adapted Swimming 1 (6-12 yrs)

Students engage in activities to overcome fear of water and gain basic swimming and water safety skills in a group setting. Skills include entering and exiting water safely, blowing bubbles, floating, gliding and using arms and legs to swim with flotation assistance. Parent participation may be required.


Adapted Swimming 2 (6-12 yrs)

Prerequisite: Swimming 1 or equivalent skill proficiency. Students increase confidence and ability to perform swimming skills with and without assistance or flotation devices. Skills include blowing bubbles with face submerged under water, floating on front and back and gliding or swimming at least two body lengths using arms and legs. Parent participation may be required.


Adapted Swimming 3 (6-12 yrs)

Prerequisite: Swimming Level 2 or equivalent skill proficiency. This class is designed to increase endurance and independent swimming skills. Skills include treading water, retrieving objects, and swimming front crawl and back crawl without flotation devices. Parent participation may be required.


Adapted Tae Kwon Do (10-17 yrs)

Class is designed for students with disabilities on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum. Students learn kicking, punching, blocking and sparring skills and forms as they improve confidence and flexibility. Martial arts uniforms are required. Extra fee for belt testing.


Adapted Yoga (10-22 yrs)

This class for individuals with developmental disabilities focuses on basic yoga positions to improve strength, balance and flexibility and introduces breathing techniques for physical and mental relaxation. Please bring a mat. Parent/caregiver participation may be required.


Aqua Fitness-Ind w/Physical Disab (13+)

Students with physical disabilities (cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, MS, etc.) work at their individual ability levels as they pursue their personal fitness goals. Shallow water exercises and swim program improve body awareness and increase range of motion, flexibility and muscle tone. Wheelchair users welcome.


Learn to Swim Teens/Adults w/Disabilitie 13+

Classes take place in depths of less than five feet. Skills include entering and exiting water, floating, gliding on front and back, breathing techniques, and using arms and legs to perform front crawl and elementary backstroke. Parent/caregiver participation may be required.


Preschoolers w/Disabilities (3-5 yrs)

Through play and individual attention, preschoolers and their parents work on adjusting to a new environment. Focus is on entry and exit skills, water safety, blowing bubbles and arm and leg propulsion on the front and back. Parent participation is required.


Swim Team Training Ind w/Physical Disabi

FCPA-sponsored swim team training focused on competition in the 13 Paralympic physical disability and visual impairment classification categories. Students focus on learning freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke swimming mechanics, including starts, turns and finishes. No previous swimming experience necessary.


Swim Team Training/Adv Swimmers w/Disabi

Competitive swimming for individuals who may want to participate in Special Olympics. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards while circle swimming with other students. Students are coached in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.


Swim Team Training/Int Swimmers w/Disabi

Competitive swimming for individuals who may want to participate in Special Olympics. Swimmers must be able to swim 25 yards and do not need prior competitive experience. Students are coached in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and butterfly.