The SwimStart events are made up of two aspects:
- ‘Movement in Water’ workshop
This workshop will provide parents, teachers, coaches and physiotherapists the basic skills required to support a swimmer with cerebral palsy in water. The participants are will have a theory session outlining cerebral palsy and basic aquatic skills that can then be transferred into the water session, which lasts for two hours. During the first hour in the pool we work with those on the course. In the second hour we invite children to take part in the learning session.
- SwimStart Session
An introduction for children and their parents to swimming in a fun and safe aquatic environment. The aim is to build water confidence and teach basic swim techniques so both the novice swimmer and their parents feel happy to pursue their interest in swimming at their local pool. SwimStart days are open to novice swimmers of all ages and are targeted at those with little or no experience of swimming.
After learning new skills through practical involvement on the day, swimmers and parents can be signposted to local clubs and networks to continue their participation in swimming. Workshops are delivered regionally and participants can be directed to their local ASA disability hub or their local Learn to Swim programme.
It means that not only do swimmers have a positive experience but CP Sport leave a legacy through the teachers and teaching assistants by giving them the confidence to work with children with cerebral palsy in an aquatic environment.
For Swimstart days in your area, please see our Events page.
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If you are interested in hosting a SwimStart day or cannot see an event in your area, please email Sarah Livesey, National Swimming Development Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org.