Adapted Aquatic Programs

Through our partnership with Port Coquitlam Physiotherapy & Sports Injury Clinic, the Canucks Autism Network, and KidsFirst Physio, the City of Port Coquitlam is proud to be offering three adapted aquatic opportunities for children and adults who require additional support in the water.

Tidal Wave Aquatics

Tidal Wave Aquatics is an exciting and unique program offered by KidsFirst Physio . While the positive impact of physical exercise in the buoyancy and resistance of water is well documented, we have added an extra plus to our program. Under the personal supervision of Brenda Horton, B.S.R. P.T. (reg), MCPA, carefully trained youth assistants work directly with program participants in the water, offering a one-on-one ratio of assistance to each child.

Each specifically prescribed pool therapy program is developed and maintained by Brenda, yet presented with the unsurpassable enthusiasm and energy of the youth. The benefits of this combination to those involved in our pool program are unmistakable. The unique socialization atmosphere provided develops a bond that makes the “therapy” even more fun, appealing, and valuable to the children.

Participants must undergo a physical assessment to determine need and an appropriate physiotherapy plan prior to approval for the program.

For more information, contact KidsFirst Physio at

Canucks Autism Network

The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) provides year-round, innovative, high quality sports, recreational, arts, and social programs for individuals and families living with autism, while building awareness and capacity through community networks across British Columbia. The City of Port Coquitlam features the I CAN Swim program which can accommodate a maximum of 5 participants (diagnosed with autism) per class with the goal of teaching basic swimming skills and introducing water safety. Each half hour lesson covers basic swim skills, however levels are modified to accommodate the varying abilities of the participants. The instructor, coaches, and volunteers support participants to ensure that each child is challenged appropriately based on their ability. For more information contact a program representative at 604.685.4049 or