Sport  Indonesia Project #22214

1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children

by Yayasan Damai Olahraga Bali
1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children
1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children
1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children
1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children
1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children
1 years swimming for a 100 disabled children
Sep 7, 2016

Swimming Program continues

The swimming program continues with over 120 disabled children in Bali.It is a daunting prospect for any child to learn to swim if they have not been introduced to water environments when babies or toddlers. For many reasons some children are more adventurous and easier to teach than others. Children with disabilities must, not only, overcome their fear of water but also adapt their learning to accommodate for their disability.

However, in many circumstances, particularly children with physical disabilities, learning to swim is an invigorating, empowering and liberating exercise. A water environment is an equalising medium that can see a child with disabilities progress just as quickly as an able bodied child if achievable goals are set from the outset. Learning is no different and teachers need to be patient, considerate but firm with each student.

They don’t see themselves as being disabled, what they see is their normality, it is the same every day and to them, that is normal. The teachers at BSF have learnt to treat the students exactly the same as any student that comes to their classes. They teach to the level of the child, they set realistic goals for each child, they encourage and they challenge and when the student achieves a goal, they celebrate with the child. This may be as simple as learning to float unaided, which is much harder for children with disabilities than for others.

 

Through the swimming programs at BSF parents and/or carers, plus our teachers, are gaining just as much as the children. They are learning that with or without a disability children can achieve anything they set their mind to, the children become the teachers and anyone who sees them achieving goals and revelling in the sheer enjoyment of their participation can only be inspired in their own life. Learning swimming and water safety is a life skill, something that could save your life and that of another and this is just as important, if not more so, for those living with disabilities.

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Yayasan Damai Olahraga Bali

Location: Denpasar - Indonesia
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Yayasan Damai Olahraga Bali
Rodney Holt
Project Leader:
Rodney Holt
Denpasar, Bali Indonesia

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