Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Kay Cyr-Lopez

Second Advisor

Kyle Manty

Third Advisor

Holly Grieves


My doctoral capstone experience (DCE) focused on swim instructor education in order to promote adaptive and inclusive swimming. The mentors that I collaborated and worked with throughout the capstone experience were both certified aquatic instructors with extensive experience in instructing swim classes, adaptive classes, and one of my mentors has created and implemented an adaptive swim program in the past. The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) focus area that I completed my capstone experience and culminating project was on education. I identified several gaps and areas of need within my site and the population served there that I could contribute to and complete my capstone in. I created several resources for my site that include: a training manual for swim instructor’s regarding adaptive swimming, a PowerPoint presentation created for an in-service training for swim instructors on adaptive and inclusive swimming, a pre-survey assessing the swim instructor’s current knowledge, comfortability, and confidence regarding adaptive and inclusive swim lessons, and a post-survey regarding follow up questions to the in-service presentation and how beneficial the information shared was. The documents and resources that I have created throughout the capstone experience provide ample opportunities to be sustained in the future by my mentors, new swim instructors, current swim instructors, and the site itself.