Scheme Helps Swim Instructors To Teach Deaf Kids

19 April 2016, 06:39 | Updated: 19 April 2016, 06:47

Almost 100 swimming instructors have been trained to teach deaf children how to swim thanks to a new scheme.

The first year of the two-year programme has led to 97 swimming teachers learning the communications and skills techniques, such as using cue cards and sign language, needed to help deaf youngsters become confident swimmers.

A total of 48 deaf children in Scotland have taken part in swimming lessons and taster days organised by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) and one deaf young person has been funded to become a qualified swimming teacher.

Heather Gray, NDCS Scotland and Northern Ireland director, said: "This deaf-friendly swimming project continues to be a major boost to our objective to ensure that no deaf child or young person is disadvantaged in their pursuit of sport.

"Far too many deaf young people are being denied the opportunity to swim because many swimming providers don't know how to meet their needs.

"Being able to swim is not only a life-saving skill, great fun and fantastic for building confidence, it opens up a whole world of water-based activities.''