Where We Are Why Choose Swimming

The benefits of swimming is recognised as one of the best forms of therapy for the disabled. From the sensation of floating in water for the most severely disabled to actually learning to swim for the more able. Also movement of the body gives a sense of freedom for those who can't move properly and can be used as a physiotherapy session. Overall the health benefits and fun factor, swimming helps raises confidence and self-esteem in the child.

The Benefits of Swimming

 

1. Introduction

Swimming is an excellent recreational, competitive and therapeutic activity that can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors. Aquatic exercise and therapy are used to treat and prevent several physical ailments. In addition to swimming's therapeutic role, several aquatic activities are very popular for recreational purposes. An individual's ability to swim and feel comfortable in the water creates opportunities to become involved in other water sports such as kayaking, canoeing, sailing and water skiing.

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2. Benefits of Swimming and Aquatic Exercise
  • Excellent form of aerobic exercise which increases cardiovascular function. 
  • Water buoyancy reduces stress on joints. 
  • A low-impact activity. 
  • An individualís weight while in the water is only about 10% of normal weight. Water provides resistance, which improves muscle strength. 
  • Improves balance and agility. 
  • Improves confidence and comfort in and around water.

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3. Competitive Swimming

It is very important that swimmers train under the supervision of a qualified coach. A coach who understands stroke mechanics can easily make special stroke adaptations. Professional Swimming teams are an excellent place to find a coach. Swimmers with disabilities can be easily integrated into existing clubs for training and meet experience. With a few exceptions, swimmers are expected to perform strokes according to the rules of non-disabled swimming. The most elite swimmers compete in the Paralympic Games every four years.

Following is a summary of the sport classification system used for swimmers with physical disabilities:

  • Swimmers are classified between S1 and S15. 
  • S1 through S10 are determined by functional level. 
  • S11 through S13 are for swimmers who are blind or have visual impairments.
  • S14 is for swimmers with mental disabilities such as mental retardation, severe learning disabilities or autism. 
  • S15 is for swimmers who are deaf.

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4. Pool Access

Several products are available for accessing the water. Stair Systems and Pool Lifts are available for accessing pools.

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5. Outdoor Access

There are several manufacturers of all-terrain wheelchairs for access to natural bodies of water. In addition, temporary accessible walkways are available to provide a smooth surface over sand or grass for everyday wheelchairs.

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6. Prosthetics for Swimming

Some prosthetic devices have a folding wing designed to reduce resistance in the water during the recovery portion of a swimming stroke. At least one is designed specifically for the backstroke. Prosthetic devices are not permitted in sanctioned swim events.

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7. Flotation Devices

Flotation devices help stabilize individuals in the water. Swimming ability, buoyancy and experience should be considered when choosing a flotation device. There are several types of flotation devices available for various swimming styles.

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