Swimming for ALL

Enabling swimming for people with disability.

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Introduction

Swimming for All is a free learning package of four video modules and some downloadable resources; developed to help you enhance your skills around supporting people with disability including those with complex needs, to enjoy the pool and learn to be safe in the water and swim.

Module 01 is about reminding us of the benefits of swimming for everyone; and everyone’s rights to enjoy and be safe in the water.

Module 02 provides information about supporting people who cannot use speech to communicate, and show may behave in ways we find challenging at the pool. This can help pool workers and swimming teachers to understand behaviours and help people to express their needs when being at the pool.

Module 03 is about strategies for swimming and safety in the pool

Module 04 provides you with some other links and resources to learn more about swimming teaching, pool access, behaviour supports and communication needs when teaching or working with children and adults with disability.

Each Module has a:

  • Video you can watch free
  • PDF workbook with key information from the video modules

Module 01

Module one is about reminding us of the benefits of swimming for everyone; and everyone’s rights to enjoy and be safe in the water.

Module 02

Module two provides information about supporting people who cannot use speech to communicate, and show may behave in ways we find challenging at the pool. This can help pool workers and swimming teachers to understand behaviours and help people to express their needs when being at the pool.

Module 03

Module three is about strategies for swimming and safety in the pool.

Module 04

Module four provides you with some other links and resources to learn more about swimming teaching, pool access, behaviour supports and communication needs when teaching or working with children and adults with disability.


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About this Course

The modules have been developed as part of a project funded by the Western Australian Department of Communities (Disability Services Commission) in consultation with people with disability, parents, swimming teachers and authorities in Australia such as Royal Life Saving Society, Austswim, as well as pool/leisure centre workers. The project ran over 18 months to find out about people’s experiences of swimming; what barriers there are to people with disability using pools and understand what people needed to help make swimming more accessible for people with complex support needs. This information was then developed into a series of video resources to provide people with information to raise awareness about making swimming more accessible for people with disability.

Special thanks go to the Merger of Minds group who gave extra input about communication strategies. This learning resource is designed to add to those already available, and to enhance the awareness and knowledge of people who are in a position to “enable swimming for all” including children and adults with disability.