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Deaf-friendly Swimming and BSL for Swimming

Photo: Learn how to make your swimming activities deaf friendly

Our workshops support swimming teachers and coaches to communicate with deaf young people and fully include them in swimming activities.

Instructors and coaches will learn how to make small and simple changes to make activities deaf-friendly and develop confidence communicating with deaf children and young people.

Instructors will also have the opportunity to learn some basic greeting and water sport specific signs from British Sign Language.

Topics covered:

  • The impact of deafness on young people
  • Communication methods
  • How to adapt your activities
  • Tips for welcoming deaf children
  • Guidance on engaging with deaf children in your area
  • Fingerspelling
  • Basic British Sign Language specific to swimming

Who is this for?

This workshop is designed for swimming teachers and coaches who are working with deaf children and young people or who would like to make their activities deaf friendly for future participants.

Tailoring to your organisation’s needs

Whilst the topics covered as part of this workshop remain consistent, our expert trainers will work to apply the content to the context of your specific organisation.

Book your bespoke training package

If you are interested in discussing this bespoke training package further or would like to book an event, please enquire today or contact us at [email protected].

We will endeavour to get back to you within 5 days to discuss your requirements.

Meet the trainer

Damian Ball is a Youth Development Officer and has worked at the National Deaf Children’s Society for 12 years.

Damian leads on the development of opportunities for deaf young people, including volunteering, work experience and the performing arts. He has also delivered training to a range of professionals in sport, such as swimming and football, on how to make their activities deaf-friendly, and feel more confident about communicating with deaf children.

Damian has been deaf since birth, and has worked in the youth sector for over 15 years. He is currently studying for a Masters degree in Youth Work and Community Development at De Montfort University.

What do delegates say?

“Everything was well explained and presented so I feel confident in teaching within the deaf community” Swim Coach, 2018

“I thought the activities were good. I personally liked the challenge of BSL conversations...” Swim Coach, 2018

“This was a thoroughly enjoyable work shop and the presenter was brilliant. I came away pleased with what I have learnt and feel equipped to go ahead to put into practice what i have learnt.” Swim Coach, 2018

“Thank you for all the useful material, I will definitely be using it. The presenter, was excellent and entertaining and kept us engaged…left us with a real sense of what we need to do.” Swim Coach, 2018


What if I need to cancel?

You can cancel your place at any time, however the following charges apply.

  • 20 working days or less before the planned date - you will be charged 100% of the total cost
  • 21 - 30 working days before the planned date - you will be charged 50% of the total cost
  • 31 working days before the planned date - you will not be charged