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.

Our new, improved Swim the Rainbow 2.0 program personalises learning to swim, includes social participation and leads to structured squad lessons.​

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, it is all about safety. 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 personalised attention can enable a child to 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).

Personalised lessons

Swim the Rainbow provides personalised 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 processing challenges instruction and cannot cope in mainstream lessons (they need a slowly, slowly approach)
  • have physical disabilities and need the full attention of a teacher

Qualified teachers

Our qualified, dedicated swim teachers are led by our experienced lead teachers. They:

  • build a rapport with each child which, in turn, builds the child’s confidence in the water ​
  • work out what does/doesn’t work with each child to achieve good outcomes ​
  • follow our Swim the Rainbow program and use visual aids when needed to reinforce important goals and instructions ​
  • have support from a team of Occupational Therapists who provide individual and general advice ​
  • benefit from the Rainbow Edge, our specialised professional development program for teachers of children with a disability

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

Swim the Rainbow Visual Aids sponsored by The Primary Club of Australia

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

 

Locations

Auburn, Bexley, Bondi, Campbelltown, Caringbah (My Active), Cherrybrook, Cronulla/Miranda, Five Dock, Glenmore Park, Holsworthy, Hornsby, Hurstville, Kurri Kurri, Lane Cove, Lane Cove West, Lithgow, Liverpool, Maroubra, Mt Pritchard, Narellan, Newington/Stanmore, Northmead, Orange, Penrith, Revesby, Southern Highlands, Seven Hills, Sutherland, The Ponds, Toronto, Valentine, Villawood, Wahroonga, Warriewood, Warringah. See details