New disability swim programme

Border Sport and Leisure is to introduce a new programme specially developed for young swimmers with a physical, learning or sensory disability.

Providing tuition on an individual basis, the Disability Learn to Swim programme will offer young people the opportunity to learn to swim regardless of their impairment.

Each individual will be able to develop at their own pace through one to one coaching focusing on stroke adaptation relevant for their disability. At the same time, the young swimmers will also be working through the Learn to Swim certification scheme.

The new initiative will commence on September 2 at Eyemouth Leisure Centre and run for an initial eight-week block from 3.30pm–4.30pm on a Monday, Thursday and Saturday 11am-noon. Each participant’s session will be for 30 minutes on a one to one basis.

Alan Oliver, Borders Sport and Leisure Disability Development Officer said: “Disability swimming has been enhanced dramatically over the past few months with the establishment of the regional disability swimming squad (Border Barracudas). We are now introducing the new specific disability Learn to Swim Programme.”