Deaf-Friendly Swimming is Back

Deaf swimmers in the pool

The National Deaf Children’s Society Scotland is delighted to announce we have received funding for the Deaf-Friendly Swimming project to continue in Scotland for a further two years.

The new programme will support deaf young people and their families to access aquatics in more rural and remote parts of Scotland as well as maintaining current partnerships in urban areas. The project will empower deaf young people to achieve coaching qualifications, to inspire their peers and future generations. It will cover all aquatic disciplines; including swimming, water polo, diving, surfing and open water!

In the first two years a total of 938 people took part in the project or used it services.  We will be holding aquatic taster days, family events and pool parties, learn to swim programmes, workshops and a coach bursary scheme.

The project got off to a flying start last week with our ‘Make a Splash!’ consultation at Tollcross Pool in Glasgow. 11 deaf young people attended to talk about what’s important to them and shape the work the National Deaf Children’s Society do in Scotland. Families took part in creative consultation, a pool party and tested the latest technology on board our Roadshow bus. Local Deaflympic medal winners Shiona McClafferty and Jack McComish attended, as well as local MSP John Mason.


For more information please download the leaflet here.