The Saturday Swim Club is for branch members’ children with a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. It covers from age 5-16 and runs at Truro School pool (off Trennick Lane) from 10 – 11 am.
It is intended for those children who find it difficult to access mainstream lessons or who find following instructions difficult. We can take up to 20 children per session; we have a qualified coach, who is trained in autism awareness, and some volunteer helpers too so it is possible to give one to one attention to the children who need it.
The first half hour is spent under instruction; in the second half hour the children have supervised water play, using fun equipment - large floats, goggles, masks and flippers. The children get so much pleasure out of the sessions and they all appear much more confident in the water as a result.
Children have to be accompanied so Saturday mornings are also an opportunity for parents to ‘sit on the sidelines’ and have an hour to unwind and chat while someone else takes charge!
We ask for a parental contribution of £40 per child per term. The branch also subsidises this activity. The children help by holding a sponsored swim from time to time.
The swim club is often full but we keep a waiting list.
We have just started up a new swimming group which is for the more able swimmers from 11 to 20 years old. This meets at the same pool on Saturday mornings, 11-12pm, following on from the younger swim club.
This group does not have so many helpers involved and the youngsters need to be able to swim a width.
A parent/carer still needs to accompany the swimmer and again it is for branch members young people with a diagnosis on the spectrum.The cost is also £40 per term.
THE OLDER GROUP HAS VACANCIES AT THE MOMENT
If your youngster would like to join either group please email Dawn at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
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