Getting used to the water. Getting Fit. Getting faster. Me and the water
As part of our Strategic Plan 2017-21 a Participation Department was formed in Swim Ireland to focus on increasing the number of people taking part in the aquatics across Ireland and to 'Get Ireland Swimming'. We have been successful in receiving funding from Sport Ireland though Dormant Accounts (Community) and Healthy Ireland (Schools) and have two staff dedicated to rolling out the programmes.
Carol Finlay is our Participation Officer with responsibility for rolling out community based programmes including learn to swim, water polo, open water and diving. Grainne Murphy is our Get Ireland Swimming National Co-Ordinator and works with schools to deliver a Schools Swimming Programme.
Disability Awareness: Irish Sign Language
Many of our members are hard of hearing or deaf. There is a long history of deaf people excelling in Irish swimming and indeed several elite Swim Ireland coaches. These members participate in the open sea races, as well as competing in national and provisional Waterpolo competitions, but often experience barriers when trying to communicate with their team mates, coaches, volunteers and officials. Therefore, in partnership with the Irish Deaf Society we have created an Introduction to The Irish Sign Language via a multi- media campaign, using videos and information sheets or booklets. This introduction may help you communicate with your deaf and hard of hearing members /team mates, by providing some common phrases used within the Swimming Community.
Whether you’re a swimmer, coach or parent, it's time to learn some Irish Sign Language!