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​Participation in swimming is a valued activity for each student at Narbethong Special School. All students are able to participate in a weekly swimming program that has been developed in consultation with the school physiotherapist. The program is monitored and assessed termly and any adjustments are made in consultation with the physiotherapist. Sessions are under the supervision of a teacher and two swimming assistants. 

The pool is heated all year round to a temperature usually about 33-36 degrees so as to relax tight muscles and loosen stiff joints. The buoyancy of the water minimises the effect of gravity to decrease the stresses placed on joints during movement. People who are unable to support their body-weight on land are able to exercise more effectively in the warmer water.  

According to the swimming ability of the student, the aims of the swimming program will be to develop:

·         Skills for performing transfers;

·         Relaxation;

·         Social participation:

·         water confidence;

·         water safety;

·         gross motor development – balance, muscle strength, physical skills; and to

·         promote swimming for recreation.  

Specialised equipment is provided for all students (including Nil by Mouth) to access the swimming programs.
Staff refer to the Narbethong Pool Use Policy for specific details.

Carers provide a written consent form each year regarding the school pool program. Appropriate swimwear is also provided. Swimwear specifically designed for aquatic activity should be worn by students. Swimwear of students should be tight fitting around the top of the legs. Eenee swimmers or a similar product are recommended. At the teacher’s discretion, additional clothing may be required, such as bike shorts (waist to knees), sun safe shirts or swim caps. The teacher will specify this when requesting consent from families or at any time that is deemed necessary.