Swimming and your deaf child

Simple steps can be taken to ensure your deaf child can swim safely with their friends and peers and take part in swimming lessons. Swimming is a fantastic way to have fun and be active.

This factsheet provides information on swimming that may be especially useful for you as a parent of a deaf child. 

This includes:
• how your local swimming organisation can become deaf friendly
• removing hearing aids and cochlear implants for swimming, and the impact this has on communication
• waterproof hearing aids and cochlear implants
• ear putty, swim moulds and neoprene headbands
• ear infections
• grommets and swimming
• balance disorders
• changing rooms
• recreational swimming, including swimming parties
• swimming lessons
• swimming tips from other parents.

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What your local swimming club, Learn to Swim programme or swimming facility can do.

By making small and simple changes, deaf children or young people can be included in mainstream swimming sessions.

Organisations can get free training, resources and support that will help them to become deaf friendly by signing up to our Me2 Deaf friendly pledge for youth organisations.  Tell your local pool they can find details about the Me2 project at www.ndcs.org.uk/swimming 

Now have your say!

Do you have a question, comment or tip about swimming with your deaf child? What do you wish your friends or family knew about taking your child swimming? Would you like to be able to give your local pool a flyer about deaf-friendly swimming?

You can post your comments below or email our helpline.  Your feedback and experiences, both positive and negative, are valuable and can help us create the best possible swimming information for you and other parents.

Glossary Terms

Swimming me2