Students throughout school access swimming lessons at local swimming pools, travelling to the pool on our school minibus.
Swimming has a myriad of benefits for all children, but learning to swim is particularly beneficial for children with special needs. Generally speaking, there are three major goals for a swim programme designed for special needs children:
· boosting physical activity levels
· developing self-confidence
· teaching a life-saving skills
For children of any ability level, the pool can be a fun and relaxing environment to exercise their bodies. With each kick or stroke, water resistance helps to build muscle tone and strength. Even more important for children with disabilities, the process of learning to swim helps with balance, coordination, and the development of motor skills. As children learn to float and then move through the water, they are isolating muscle groups and learning how to coordinate different motions in order to achieve physical goals.