Swim Buddy Program

Our Swim Buddy Program is made up of volunteers who assist with our Adaptive Swim Lessons by working directly with lesson participants.

Program Overview

What is a Swim Buddy? Our Adaptive Swim Lessons are set up with 1 instructor, 3 students, and 3 swim buddies (1 for each student) in each class. It is the Swim Buddy’s role to act as an extension of the instructor and help their buddy with what the instructor is teaching. The Swim Buddy is there to keep their buddy on task and working on the skill being taught as well as to be their buddy’s support system and encouraging friend.


To be a Swim Buddy you just need to meet the following requirements:
  • Be at least 13 years old
  • Be comfortable in the water
  • Have a desire to volunteer with children
  • Be able to commit to a full session (see below)


The students in Special Needs Swim Lessons often rely on a consistent routine. As such, our volunteers need to be committed to attending all classes with assigned buddies for a full swim session:
  • One Session will consist of 8 classes.
  • Classes will be Monday through Thursday.
  • Classes will be 30 minutes long.
  • Classes will be held at Temecula Elementary School - 29119 Margarita Rd.
Depending on the volunteer’s availability, they will most likely be assigned to multiple classes in a row.


All volunteers will be required to come to the Swim Buddy Training Course before volunteering with lessons. Training lasts approximately 1.5 hours. In this training, volunteers will learn more about their role in the swim lessons and what to expect with this experience.

2018 Session & Training Dates

Session Dates

Please review the Adaptive Swim Lesson session dates.

Training Dates

In order to be a Swim Buddy you must come to a training date (listed below) before the first session that you volunteer for. It is vital that we give you the proper information and skills you will need before you begin.
June 9 Sat 9:00-10:30am CRC - A/B Room
July 7 Sat 9:00-10:30am CRC - A/B Room


To sign-up to be a Swim Buddy, all you need to do is fill out the registration form (PDF) and determine what sessions and times you can commit to volunteer. To return your completed form:
  • Email it to Aquatics
  • Fax: 951-676-2716
  • Mail: Temecula Community Services District, Attn: Aquatics, 41000 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590
Being a Swim Buddy is a very rewarding experience and we look forward to working with you!  Just a remember that the children in these lessons depend on their Swim Buddy to be there every day so please be mindful of that when signing up.