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Swim Wales collaborate with Disability Sport Wales to offer free online Autism Awareness training for the Learn to Swim workforce across Wales.

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Autism is a ‘hidden disability’, meaning it is not easy to recognise when someone has the condition.

The workshop aims to increase knowledge and awareness of the needs of individuals with autism, and how to support children and adults with autism accessing learn to swim programmes. The course learning outcomes have been designed to provide teachers with an awareness of Autism, an understanding of how they can support individuals with autism to access swimming, an understanding of how to adapt the environment, and finally receive certification of being autism aware.

Swim Wales’ National Learn to Swim Manager, Hanna Guise says, “It is estimated that autism affects 1 in 100 people, by working with Disability Sport Wales and Autism Wales to provide this awareness training we can help improve the knowledge, awareness and understanding of autism to make positive and lasting changes to people’s experience of learning to swim. Swim Wales are passionate about ‘aquatics for everyone for life’ and ensuring that our workforce can support anyone who accesses their programme will only improve our offer and the participant’s experience.”

Rachael Newport, Insight and Learning Senior Officer for Disability Sport Wales adds, “Swim teachers can make a huge difference to the lives of individuals with Autism and they have the power to support children and adults to enjoy swimming for life. It is a huge pleasure to work with Swim Wales to deliver the Autism Awareness courses to help their workforce better understand autism and the ways in which they can support children and adults.”

The two workshops were full soon after being promoted to Learn to Swim Wales providers, which shows the appetite across Wales for training and continual professional development. Swim Wales are planning to offer additional opportunities for this training; to express your interest please add yourself to the waiting list