Our program

Swim the Rainbow

Rainbow Club provides a weekend, social and sporting activity in the local area where a child with a disability can participate – similar to their siblings without a disability.

Our unique Swim the Rainbow program has been specially designed to teach children with a disability using structure, reward and progress in a social, fun and supportive aquatic environment.

The swimming goals are aligned to the seven colours of the Rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet). When working on the basic goals, the lesson is structured around one teacher to one child (1:1). Once a child has mastered the basic goals, the lesson is expanded to include more than one child. Having more than one child in a lesson encourages social participation and introduces concepts such as taking turns, competing, winning.

Swim the Rainbow helps a child’s confidence increase as the individual attention can enable a child progress more quickly and many go on to participate in group lessons. As the rapport between teacher and child grows, this helps to eliminate either a fear of water or over-confidence in their abilities around no water (no fear).

Individualised lessons

Swim the Rainbow provides individualised swimming lessons which are essential for children who:

  • are petrified of the water
  • have sensory/behavioural needs and require extra attention
  • have behavioural issues and cannot be placed in a shared lesson
  • have challenges processing instruction and cannot cope in mainstream lessons (they need a slowly, slowly approach)
  • have physical disabilities and need the full attention of a teacher

Our teachers

Our qualified, dedicated swim teachers are led by teachers with AUSTSWIM Access and Inclusion or Swim Australia Learners with a Disability qualifications. While building rapport with each child, our swim teachers work out what does/doesn’t work to achieve good outcomes. Our teachers follow the Swim the Rainbow program and use specially designed visual aids when needed to reinforce important goals and instructions. See Teachers

Certificates

Twice yearly, a Certificate of Achievement is issued to members showing progress achieved and goals to focus on in the next term. See Term dates

Sign up

For children with a disability, Rainbow Club provides individualised swimming lessons and a weekend activity involving social participation. Join us!

 

Locations

Bexley, Bondi, Byron Bay, Campbelltown, Cherrybrook, Cronulla/Miranda, Hornsby, Hurstville, Lane Cove, Liverpool, Maroubra, Mt Pritchard, Newington/Stanmore, Northmead, Orange, Penrith, Revesby, Southern Highlands, Seven Hills, Sutherland, Tamworth, The Ponds, Villawood, Warriewood, Warringah. See details