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Disability/Para Swimming

Swimming is an inclusive sport and this means that ensuring that both non-disabled and disabled swimmers have access to the same opportunities to participate. Whatever people's ability, every club, pool operator and swimming teacher wants to provide the best opportunities for swimmers.  For more information on what's going on in Kent, contact Steve Hunter - KCASA Disability/Para Swimming Manager


Guidance

The Swim England and British Swimming websites have plenty of information on disability and para-swimming, including:

Swim South East produces a Para-Swimming newsletter with plenty of general and specific information.  London Swimming also carries useful information on their web pages.

Terminology

Para Swimming: this term applies to swimmers with disabilities who are club members and competing at any level in disability events.

Disability Swimming: this term applies to people with disabilities who swim for fitness, recreation, rehabilitation, etc.

Disability Swimming may also be known as swimming for people with disabilities - both terms are deemed to be appropriate and it is up to the individuals to decide which term is preferred.

Talent ID toolkit

British Para Swimming provides a Disability Swimmer ID Toolkit to help identify the potential of swimmers with a disability and their ability level in order to signpost them to the best opportunities for their development. Developed by disability swimming officers from the Home Nations, this simple and straightforward resource can be used by schools, swimming teachers, coaches, parents and swimming coordinators. The aim of the Toolkit is not to simply find the most talented swimmers but to identify swimmers at all levels and give them the opportunity to access the disability swimming pathway and progress.


Kent Disability/Para Swimming - Start Para Swimming Programme 

This is an early notice to KCASA affiliated clubs and potential Para Disability Swimmers of a Start Para Swimming Programme 

Tonbridge Swimming Club will be delivering the programme as a Hub Club for Swim England South East.  The programme is aimed towards swimmers with disabilities who: 

  • are aged approximately between 6 years to early teens
  • are at Swim England National Plan for Teaching Swimming Stage 3 or above (swimming in shallow learner pool to having recently moved to 25m length swimming)
  • would eventually want to enter a mainstream swimming club to further their swimming once they have passed through the Start Para Swimming Programme 
  • want to develop their swimming to a higher level and eventually perhaps become classified to allow them to compete at Para events 

The course details are yet to be finalised but Tonbridge Swimming Club can confirm that the programme will: 

  • start in January 2020
  • is planned to run 18:00-19:00 on Fridays at Tonbridge Swimming Pool, Castle Street, Tonbridge TN9 1HR
  • will initially run just during school term times 
  • have a limited number of places

Costs are yet to be confirmed but are subsidised by Swim England for 2020 so will be good value! 

To register interest at this early stage, please sign up for a trial using this link, making it clear in the 'medical details' or 'swimming experience' sections that it is the Start Para Swimming Programme you are interested in.


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