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Disability Swimming FAQs for Parents

If you still have questions about your child and disability swimming then check below for answers to some of our more frequently asked questions.

  • My child is disabled and finds mainstream lessons too challenging and isn’t progressing.  What should my next step be?

Try speaking to the swimming co-ordinator at your local pool.  It could be that they can offer a swimming lesson at a different time when the session is less busy and the teacher will be able to offer more attention.  Or they may be able to put a support teacher in the pool to help your child.  The centre may also offer 1:1 lessons to get your child started.

  • How can I find a centre near me that has disability trained teachers?

Visit our poolfinder here to locate your nearest pool, and then simply give them a call or drop in to ask about what training their teachers have.  All swimming teachers are trained to teach swimming – there is no specific qualification that swimming teachers can hold to say they are disability trained, but the ASA do provide a wide range of update seminars on the topic and it may be that the centre has a particular teacher that has attended these, or who has more experience of teaching disabled swimmers.

  • I feel that my child could have real potential as a disabled swimmer.  Where can I get some support and advice?

The first step would be for your child to be assessed.  There’s a network of disability swimming ‘hub clubs’ which offer this initial assessment at specific sessions, click here to locate one near you. Once assessed the club will then advise of where the best place would be for your child to continue.

  • I have a child with a disability.  Can she do standard swimming lessons?

Your child can learn to swim with non-disabled children and progress along the same British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway. There are also some specific awards that offer smaller steps to learning.  Different pools have different policies, so it’s best to check with your local pool before booking lessons.

  • If my son/daughter competes in disability swimming events, are they still allowed to compete in mainstream competitions?

Yes, however if they want to be recognised as being disabled in mainstream competitions, they would need to be classified. For further information on classification and how to get classified click here.

  • My son/daughter has just completed stage 7 of the NPTS* and wants to continue swimming in a club. Should my child join a mainstream or disability swimming club?  

Ideally your child should join the same club as his/her peers. A mainstream club will be able to offer more water time and sessions for your child to train at which will be essential if your child wishes to follow the Disability Swimming pathway and compete.

* Please note the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) is now referred to as the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.

  • Can anyone with a disability be classified?

There are a number of impairments that can be classified. The International Paralympic Committee determine which impairments are eligible for classification. More information on classification can be found here.

  • My child is currently on stage 4 of the NPTS* and cannot perform one of the outcomes to pass the stage, can she be exempt from doing it?

If your child is physically unable to ever achieve the skill then they can be exempt and pass the stage. However, if it is just a case of not being able to master the skill yet, then no exemption can apply.

* Please note the National Plan for Teaching Swimming (NPTS) is now referred to as the British Gas ASA Learn to Swim Pathway.