Super Swimmers Academy with National Autistic Society and Access Sport

16/02/2016 - Bob Hill

Access Sport Bristol is supporting a new swimming pilot in partnership with the National Autistic Society. The Super Swimmers Academy is a new ‘club’ that launched Saturday 30 January 2016, 6-7pm at Easton Leisure Centre, Bristol and is open to young people of all ages on the Autistic Spectrum.

The 18 children enrolled so far are aged 5-15 and have differing degrees of competence in the water. The individual tailored bite size lessons and little groups are with a minimum of three qualified swimming instructors, and who aim to develop skills as well as conquer fear or self-doubt in the water. Children will learn and progress at their own rate and move on only after they are ready. They are working towards the STAnley International Learn to Swim Programme.

With additional funding from John Lewis, Cribbs Causeway and Persimmon Homes T-shirts, swimming bags and caps with the SSA logo have been given to each swimmer, providing the children a real sense of belonging to a ‘real club’ as all too often autistic children are excluded from ‘normal life and pursuits’. Hopefully they will go beyond what they believe is possible.

One parent said: "Great first lesson. Thank you everyone. He really enjoyed it, had a great time and even made a friend!"

If you would like more information please email Lynda Thomas at

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