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Become a Special Olympics Volunteer Swim Coach

The San Francisco Sea Lions Special Olympics Swim Team needs help to teach swimming to special needs individuals.

We meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at SAVA Pool, Wawona St. & 19th Ave.(easy parking) from 7:00 – 8:30pm. Our season begins on Tuesday, January 28th and continues through mid-June. Our need for coaches is on-going and we will orient and mentor new coaches throughout the season. We divide our practice into two sessions. The first session is for non-swimmers and those learning to swim(B group), and the second group for those that swim the front crawl and are continuing to learn and master other strokes(A group). Our greatest need is for volunteers in our first session – 7:00 – 7:45pm., as we find working one to one with our beginners to be most effective.

Our requirements to become a volunteer are simple:

- Can swim and are comfortable in the water.

*- Be willing to commit Tuesday evenings (7:00 – 8:30pm) to the Sea Lions

- Be available to coach for one of our three swim meets

- Like people in general and have patience to work with and assist

our athletes across a broad range of age and disability.

If you are interested and or have questions, please contact Donna Kempner at, phone 415-412-2045 or Greg McKinney at

Please go to the Special Olympics Northern California website, to review the Volunteer Guidelines. You are welcome to come and participate before committing formally. We are happy to have volunteers any time during our season.

We are having a High School Coaches meeting at Sava Pool on Tuesday, January 14th, at 6:30 pm.

Please e-mail Donna Kempner if you can attend or have questions.

The new coaches general meeting (Senior level coaches) will take place at Sava Pool on Tuesday, January 21st at 7:00 pm. Please let us know if you can attend.

Enjoy the reward of knowing that you have participated in donating your valuable time to a community that is often overlooked, and is appreciative beyond measure. Many Special Olympics coaches throughout San Francisco and the greater Bay Area have volunteered for decades. Your time and commitment can and does change lives.

*High School Student Volunteers – 6:45 – 7:45 pm is fine given homework, etc.,

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