Introduction to Basic Concepts in Adapted Aquatics
Monica Lepore Ph.D.
Dr. Monica Lepore
Dr. Monica Lepore is a professor at West Chester University where she educates college students about disability studies and does professional preparation of health and physical education majors in the area of adapted physical education. She has been involved in adapted aquatics since 1978 as a former American Red Cross Adapted Aquatics Instructor and current AAPAR Master Teacher of Adapted Aquatics. In the past 7 years she has received the John Williams Adapted Aquatics Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame; the AAPAR Adapted Physical Activity Council Professional of the Year Award; the Pennsylvania Adapted Physical Activity Professional of the Year; the Delaware County PA Down Syndrome Interest Group Professional of the Year; Rotary Club Leader of Distinction Award; Educator 500 award; and the AAALF Aquatic Council Honor Award. She is the lead author of Adapted Aquatic Programming textbook 2nd edition published through Human Kinetics, and the DVD 'Intro to Adapted Aquatics' through Sprint Aquatics. She is currently the chairperson of the Adapted Aquatics Committee of the Council of Aquatic Professionals of the American Association of Physical Activity and Recreation.
An Online Course developed to enhance the aquatic experience for individuals with disabilities. This course satisfies the mandatory certification required of swimming instructors specializing in training people who have developmental disabilities within the State of Florida (Florida Statue 514.072).
Successful Completion of this Online Course will improve Aquatic Instructor's:
participation in instructional aquatic programs
attributes may affect body position & propulsion
skills and physical support for swimmers with disabilities
swimmers who have disabilities and their significant others
enhance the learning environment to meet the unique needs of
individuals with disabilities (including introduction to applied
definition, typical characteristics, and implications for aquatic
participation, learning, safety, swim skill development, typical
secondary conditions; and typical contraindications. These
disabilities are: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autistic
Spectrum Disorders, Blindness/Low Vision, Cerebral Palsy,
Intellectual Impairment including Down syndrome, and Spina Bifida
This course qualifies for PA. Act 48 credit and course completion earns 7 CEUs.
Please complete the ACT 48 ACTIVITY EVALUATION form at the end of the course.