Ready Steady Swim!

Ready Steady Swim - 2 girls splashing 

Make a splash and raise some cash by taking part in our sponsored swim event.

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Download your registration form here!

Who can make a splash?

Ready Steady Swim is open to EVERYONE of any age or ability! You can join the challenge on your own, in a team or with your class or colleagues. It is a great way to challenge yourself, get fit and support the 50, 000 deaf children living in the UK.



How do I sign up?

Get started by selecting your distance, fundraising target and the time you intend to complete your challenge. Once you have done this click on the link above and register your place. When you have completed your registration we will send you a fundraising pack with all the information you need to get you started.

What next? 

Now you can begin to record your progress on your fundraising page. You can share your page with friends and family so they can keep up to date with your challenge.

If you need any more fundraising materials you can download sponsor forms and posters by clicking the links on this page. We’re here for you every step of the way, so if you need some fundraising advice, need a hand setting up your online giving page, or just want to have a chat about how you’re getting on, feel free to get in touch by emailing us at or phoning us on 020 7014 1199.

Top tip: why not get your local leisure centre involved? For more information on how to do this contact 


Choosing your challenge

Whether you’re signing up to take on a new challenge, get fit or take part as a team, we promise to be with you every step of the way. Convert your target distance into lengths by using these examples below:

Shard – 310 metres (0.31km)
English Channel – 21 miles (32km)
London Marathon – 26.2 miles (42km)
Everest Base Camp – 38.5 miles (62km)
Panama Canal – 48 miles (77km)



Raising the money

Ask your friends, family and colleagues to sponsor you.

Sponsorship can be given per length or after completing your challenge. You can set up your Just Giving or Virgin money giving page by visiting / searching for The National Deaf Children’s Society, and selecting 'Ready, Steady, Swim'.

Once you have completed your challenge collect any cash donations and send a cheque made payable to 'NDCS' to National Deaf Children's Society, Castle House, 37 – 45 Paul Street, London EC2A 4LS


Shout about making a splash for some cash!

Let everyone know that you are taking on a Ready Steady Swim challenge for the National Deaf Children’s Society. You've committed to an unbelievable challenge and with your help we can change the lives of deaf children throughout the UK.... so let everyone know! 


Make it social

Sharing your progress online is the best way to keep people up-to-date with how your challenge is getting on. Every time you get in the pool or update your lengths on your fundraising platform, then share it over 

Facebook and Twitter If you're finding the challenge difficult or haven't been in the pool for a few days, share that too - you'll find your friends' support and sponsorship donations will help give you the motivation to get back in the pool.

The ripple effect

Why not encourage your friends to take part in the challenge with you? Set yourselves a weekly target and keep encouraging each other to reach and exceed it!

Make waves

Make a lasting impact in your community by contacting the local press, for more information on how to construct a press release please get in touch with



Deaf Friendly Swimming resources

As part of our Me2 Deaf Friendly Swimming project we have deaf friendly swimming resources available here which include hints and tips and BSL signs to help you communicate at the pool.

"The NDCS have been fantastic for us in terms of guidance, encouragement and support; they also gave us our initial deaf awareness training." Jackie at 'Take the Plunge' Swim School.