Scotland

New scheme helps deaf children learn to swim

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Almost 100 swimming instructors have been trained to teach deaf children how to swim under a new scheme.

The teachers learn to use cue cards and sign language, which help them enable deaf youngsters to become confident swimmers.

After the first year of the two-year programme, 97 teachers have given lessons to 48 children in Scotland.

The lessons and taster days have been organised by the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS).

One deaf young person has also been funded to become a qualified swimming teacher.

Heather Gray, NDCS Scotland and Northern Ireland director, said: "This deaf-friendly swimming project continues to be a major boost to our objective to ensure that no deaf child or young person is disadvantaged in their pursuit of sport.

"Far too many deaf young people are being denied the opportunity to swim because many swimming providers don't know how to meet their needs.

"Being able to swim is not only a life-saving skill, great fun and fantastic for building confidence, it opens up a whole world of water-based activities."

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