Helping children with a disability learn to swim
Our twenty-two clubs in NSW provide swimming lessons for children with a disability (from ages 3 – 18 years). They operate during the four school terms and, thanks to many generous supporters and fundraisers, all lessons are both individualised and heavily subsidised.
At Rainbow Club, we believe that learning to swim is a right for all children, including those with a disability, and we recognise that concentrated and individual focus helps those with a disability acquire the skills needed to stay safe in an aquatic environment.
Will’s StoryWill is 11 years old, is a twin to his brother Tom and has Autism Spectrum. Will has a happy and outgoing nature, he loves swimming, in particular swimming in the ocean.
One of the goals for Will and his family is for to him to swim the Murray Rose Malabar Magic Ocean Swim in the future.
Emily’s StoryA mainstream class didn’t suit a child like Emily. Her concentration was lacking and the ability to learn strokes wasn’t there.
Since moving to the Rainbow Club lessons, it has been amazing to see the development in Emily’s swimming ability, with how far she has come in such a short period of time.
Christopher’s StoryFor three weeks he was chased around the pool, the instructor was trying to get him into the water.
To the instructor’s credit, she persevered with him, got him into the water and now he loves to swim.