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h2ope is a fun, community outreach aquatic fitness program for children with special needs. 

h2ope provides an alternative recreational activity to help meet physical, cognitive, and psychosocial needs.

our emphasis is on providing a safe, fun, non-competitive and successful experience to improve physical and mental health. classes are held at the harris aquatic center-heb and presbyterian hospital cvc center.

please note that h2ope is grant-funded. there is no cost for the parents or guardians!


  • decrease tone and spasms
  • decrease weight bearing on joints
  • decrease tactile stimulus
  • increase relaxation
  • increase range of motion
  • increase confidence
  • increase self esteem
  • shared family fun


  • involuntary diarrhea or bowel incontinence
  • vomiting
  • severe dermatological problems
  • scabies/lice
  • tracheotomy
  • fever over 100 f

supervision will include

  • trained and certified aquatic staff
  • guardian or caretaker participates in the water with the child

steps to attend

  1. obtain physician approval and medical release form
  2. must have a physician signature with ok to participate.
  3. mail in physician approval and keep a copy to bring to class or fax physician's release to 817-267-0207; attention julie hillis.
  4. register by calling 817-649-swim (7946) or by email

classes are 40 minutes on saturdays at harris and sundays at presbyterian

now offered at two locations: 
harris aquatic center-heb
251 westpark way
euless, tx 76040
presbyterian hospital
cvc center
5721 phoenix drive
dallas, tx 75231

mail physician approval/medical release to:
different strokes swim school
box 601, bedford, tx  76095  


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