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News Roundup: Swimming Fun in February

News Roundup: Swimming Fun in February
16 February 2015 2051 Views No comments

Schoolboy braves icy water for swimming pool

A 15-year-old boy has braved freezing cold sea water in aid of raising money for a new hydrotherapy pool for children with disabilities.

The Bristol Post reports that Charlie Halliwell joined a relay team as part of the Starfish Pool Appeal, which is aiming to raise funds for the new pool at Claremont School in Redland.

Charlie managed to swim 200 metres in water that was as cold as 6°C after completing training sessions to help him acclimatise to the freezing water.

So far, the team of 20 swimmers have raised £6,000. Money can be donated through the group's Just Giving page.

Wolverhampton to launch free swimming for deaf children

The National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) is offering free swimming lessons to deaf children and young people in Wolverhampton. Working alongside Places for People Leisure, the deaf-friendly swimming scheme will be launched on February 25th at Wolverhampton Swimming and Fitness Centre.

Lessons will be provided for all deaf swimmers, no matter their ability in the water.

This follows on from the NDCS providing swimming teachers with training so that they are able to alter their lesson plans to accommodate for deaf or hearing-impaired children and young people.

Lessons will run every Wednesday from the launch date. Beginner lessons will take place between 6:15 pm and 7 pm, with intermediate/advanced classes between 7 pm and 8 pm.

For more information or to book a class, contact Ashleigh Scott by emailing swimming@ndcs.org.uk or calling 0121 234 6225.

Gainsborough has swim fun in pyjamas

Special swimming lessons have been running in Gainsborough designed to help children have fun in the water while also picking up the skills they need to improve their swimming ability.

Puddle Ducks have been hosting pyjama parties at DW Sports Fitness in Gainsborough.

The lessons not only help develop swimming techniques, but also help children to learn an important life-saving skill – how to swim with clothes on.

Swimming with clothes on is very different from being in a pool or the sea in a swimming costume, so teaching children what to do if they ever end up in the water fully clothed could help to save lives.

The lessons are also fun and provide a great bonding experience for children and parents.