Continued partnership with the National Deaf Children Society


The IOS are happy to announce we are continuing our successful partnership with the National Deaf Children Society (NDCS).

The NDCS is the leading charity in the UK dedicated to creating a world without barriers for deaf children and young people.

As part of their Deaf-Friendly Swimming project, the NDCS teamed up with us to run courses aimed at helping deaf aspiring swimming teachers to achieve their Swimming Teaching qualifications.

The idea behind this course was that the more deaf swimming teachers there are, the more deaf children will be able to access swimming as a sport. The funding has now been extended for a further nine months.

Last year we ran the first of our ASA Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) courses with the NDCS.

Due to the success of the courses, we have continued the partnership and have been able to provide similar courses for the ASA Level 2 Swimming Teacher qualification.

The courses are based on research highlighting that swimming was a challenging sport for deaf children and young people to get into.

Children who used implants or hearing aids were unable to wear them in the water, which meant it was difficult for them to hear and communicate in loud swimming environments.

There was also a lack of awareness amongst swimming teachers and coaches resulting in uncertainty about how to communicate with the children.

First Level 2 course in May and June 2017

In May and June this year we ran the first Level 2 course. The tutor, Louise Johnson had the support of five people from the NDCS throughout, plus two interpreters and an online typist.

Louise was astonished, and said: “All the learners were so committed it was truly inspirational. The centre staff at Cannock were amazing.

“All the teachers supported where necessary throughout the course. We had a continual stream of parents commenting on the quality of the teaching and lessons, many saying it was one of the best lessons their child had ever had.”

The course was a good opportunity for learners to develop new skills by studying new swimming theories and techniques. They also gained experience by assisting and leading with swimming lessons.

Louise added: “All the learners used each other as assistants to demonstrate and support the kids. So for example their assistant would show the kids every time what the teacher had asked them to do.

“They were all able to not only explain what to do, include fun activities and contrasts but after four days they could all offer individual feedback and correctly assess the children.”

Four of the learners swam in the Deaflympics this month in Turkey and two of them are British national record holders.

Deaf-Friendly Swimming online course

The National Deaf Children’s Society and the IoS have created the Deaf-Friendly Swimming online course to help coaches and swimming teachers become more deaf aware. This accredited course is free and available now.

If you would like to increase your awareness of disability swimming, we offer additional free online seminars such as Introduction to Disability Swimming and Visually Impaired Friendly Swimming.