Level Water is committed to getting disabled children swimming and provides each child with free one-to-one lessons until they are ABLE to join group swimming lessons and continue swimming forever.
Every child who learns to swim is learning a life-saving skill, but swimming also teaches skills which have an impact beyond the water. Each week, every child is set new challenges that are at the limit of their ability. They persistently try and try again until they succeed. This process builds confidence and self-esteem, not only about this specific task but also throughout their lives.
The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People awarded Level Water with a grant of £3,000 to provide free swimming lessons for children with disabilities aged 4-11 in Hampshire, UK, children like Thomas.
“My name is Thomas and I’m eight years old. I love swimming, Arsenal, my iPad and I’m also deaf. I lost my hearing when I was about two, no one knows why. I sometimes struggle to hear people speak, even though I wear hearing aids. However, in the pool that doesn’t matter because no one hears well with water in their ears!
“My mum found out about Level Water and applied for me to have swimming lessons, never expecting to get them. I wasn’t really progressing in mainstream classes; I’d been stuck at stage one for over a year. I was getting fed up and wanted to quit.
“The 1-2-1 swimming lessons have been great, I look forward to them. I have passed stages 1, 2 and 3. I have completed 5m, 10m, 25m, 50m, 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and most recently, 1,000 metre distance badges. I also just completed the bronze swimming award. Now I want to raise money so that other disabled children can have lessons and learn to love swimming.”
With Level Water’s help Thomas learnt to swim and has recently took on his own fundraising challenge to swim a mile. He successfully completed this and raised a fantastic £2,200 for the charity. Thomas’s aim was to get more disabled children swimming so they too can benefit from lessons with Level Water.
Thomas’s dad Phil explained, “Level Water has done much more for Thomas than help him swim. Knowing he is good at swimming has made him more confident to try other activities.”