Swimming preparation checklist
Make sure you're prepared to accommodate a deaf swimmer by using the handy checklist below as a guide.
- What level of deafness do you have?
- How do you like to communicate?
- If you're not looking at me, what is the best way to get your attention?
- Do you use any equipment to help you hear?
- Do you use any equipment at school like a radio aid?
- Dry box for hearing aids and cochlear implants
- Dry wipe board, pens and eraser
- British Sign Language for swimming flip cards
- Coloured flags
- Strobe light to practice race starts
- Video equipment for stroke analysis
- Handheld flashing alarm
- Visual resources for games such as pictures or objects
- Does the pool have an auditory or visual emergency signal, or both?
- Does everyone know what the alarm means and what to do?
- Do you need another emergency signal such as an agreed visual gesture?
- Are lifeguards and receptionists aware that deaf children are attending?
- Is your hearing loop in good working order?