Everyone can learn to swim

L-R Matilda Way (3) with Lousie Scott and Ashlee Mountford with Aaryaraj Vaghela (3)
L-R Matilda Way (3) with Lousie Scott and Ashlee Mountford with Aaryaraj Vaghela (3)

The pair is among the 120 children with disabilities who swim at the Leederville pool as a part of its swim school Angelfish Program.

Swim School coordinator Bev Christmass said the program, a finalist in the Inclusive and Accessible Communities category of the 2013 National Disability Awards, allowed children and adults with disabilities to learn to swim aided by one-on-one assistance.

Swimmers can choose individual lessons and then progress to group classes with an aid for no additional costs.

‘Swimming is a great equaliser, most of the population can do it to some extent, even if they have a disability,’ Ms Christmass said.

‘Water provides a calming influence and also provides an opportunity for physical activity.’

She said the program was open to people with a range of disabilities, including developmental, physical and mental, with accessible ramps, water wheelchairs and other specific facilities available.

The program is being highlighted by the Department of Social Services as a part its promotion for this year’s National Disability Awards.

Entry is open in eight categories, with nominations due on July 18.

For more information about the program and what it has to offer, go to idpwd.com.au.