Supporting Visually Impaired People in the Swimming Pool.

British Blind Sport, believe that every visually impaired person has the right to participate in the sport of their choice. They understand & know that there are many hurdles & barriers to overcome in order for each and every visually impaired person to have the same accessibility as a sighted person.


A new resource has been launched aimed at educating leisure centres, swimming clubs & coaches, parent carers, carers and teachers on how best to support visually impaired swimmers. The specific purpose is to support, share ideas and give guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment.


It aims to educate on the ‘small changes’ that can be made to encourage more visually impaired people to take up swimming, and to make people aware of the types of visual impairment that coaches and centres might encounter. Areas that we need to be aware of include:

  • Using basic communication skills to support the needs of people with a visual impairment.
  • Understanding where you can obtain further support to ensure your club is fully accessible and inclusive to people with a visual impairment.
  • How to apply your knowledge to meet the needs of people with a visual impairment.The gala is open to blind or partially sighted young people, aged between 9 years and 17 years. You can enter as a team, a group or an individual. Races are open to all abilities and include free style, breaststroke, backstroke and relays. Hosted by British Blind Sport, this event is the only specific VI Youth swimming competition in the UK, attracting a number of blind or partially sighted young people from across the country. Go along for a fun and competitive day out!Here is the link to the resource you can access:


  • To see full details of this event look under the “Events” tab on our (SDN)) website & click on 15th March on our calendar for full details.
  • On the 11th March 2015 the National VI Youth Swimming Gala will be held at Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Solihull

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