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NDCS Running Courses on Supporting Deaf Swimming Pupils

NDCS Running Courses on Supporting Deaf Swimming Pupils
26 November 2014 3075 Views No comments

New courses from the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) are aiming to help swimming teachers and coaches provide better support for deaf pupils. The society will run courses that help those teaching swimming classes to provide the same level of support to children who are deaf or hearing-impaired.

The NCDS is a charity that provides advice and information to families of deaf children. It also runs events that are aimed at helping deaf children to build up their confidence through the learning of new skills and meeting other deaf children.

The new courses will help swimming teachers make small changes to the way they teach lessons to make them deaf-friendly. They are also designed to help coaches gain confidence when it comes to communicating with deaf children.

There are two different courses available, each of which could be incredibly beneficial for swimming teachers.

The first is a workshop on British Sign Language (BSL) for Swimming, which will cover the finger-spelling alphabet, general conversation, swimming-specific terminology, giving instructions and feedback, and guidance on learning more BSL.

This will run on January 21st and 28th at Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre as a two-part course. It will take place from 6pm, finishing at 9pm. It will also run at Loughborough SportPark on Thursday February 12th, from 6pm to 9pm.

The second course will teach how to make swimming deaf-friendly and will look at the impact of deafness on children and young people, how to adapt activities, communication methods, how to welcome deaf children, and tips on engaging deaf children.

This course will run at the Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre on Wednesday January 14th from 6pm to 9pm, and at the Loughborough SportPark on Thursday February 5th at 6pm.

Both of the courses are free, although a fee of £25 will be payable upon cancellation. Priority will be given to teachers who wish to attend both courses.

More information on the workshops can be found at the NDCS website or by emailing