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Swimming preparation checklist

Make sure you're prepared to accommodate a deaf swimmer by using the handy checklist below as a guide.

What to ask before starting

  • 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?

Things to bring

  • 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

Other considerations

  • 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?