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SEAHORSE SWIMMING CLUB
Crewe Lifestyle Centre
'Encouraging people with disabilities to gain confidence
in the water, learn to swim and develop their skills'
Winners of the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service 2017
SWIMMING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES
Swimming offers many benefits and is very popular with people who have disabilities. As well as being an excellent way to exercise, swimming offers fun, freedom and a challenge, which is so often denied to those who are unable to move freely.
Seahorse currently has over 80 members, which includes swimmers and volunteers. The Club caters for people of all ages with a wide variety of disabilities. The swimming ability of our members is mixed and most achieve a great deal in the water, whether it’s swimming one width of the pool, 50 lengths of the pool or competing in the Halliwick Galas. The volunteers have a variety of roles. Some give one-to-one help to swimmers in the water and others assist on the poolside.
SOCIAL AND FUNDRAISING EVENTS AT SEAHORSE
Our members are given opportunities to enjoy days out and take part in events to celebrate special occasions, such as Christmas. Club anniversaries and notable events, like the Olympic and Paralympics Games, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the Community Games (inspired by the Olympics) have also been commemorated at Seahorse. Members are also encouraged to participate in fundraising activities to raise Club funds and to help other good causes. It is also pleasing that many organisations and businesses have held events or given donations to support Seahorse over the years, to which the Club is very grateful.
Seahorse is affiliated to the Halliwick Association of Swimming Therapy, which was developed in 1949 at the Halliwick School in London. The Halliwick method of teaching swimming is based on hydrostatics, hydrodynamics and body mechanics. This involves controlling one's natural balance, having breath control, using basic strokes, understanding the effect of water on the body and knowing how to respond while at the same time having fun in the water. The affiliation to Halliwick AST brings many benefits including: receiving newsletters and information on new developments and activities, priority application on training courses and workshops (possibly at reduced fees), advice from people with expertise in various specialised fields relating to swimming for people with disabilities, entering local, regional and national competitions and obtaining insurance at competitive rates. Those affiliating are expected to be familiar and agree with the Constitution of Halliwick AST (www.halliwick.org.uk).
Halliwick Charity Number: 250008
Chair Rob Dutton 01270 663015
Vice Chair Michael Roberts 01270 651402
Secretary Gareth Roberts 01270 629958
Treasurer Steph Evanson 01270 580737
SWIMMING AT SEAHORSE
Thursday evenings at the Crewe Lifestyle Centre
Summer.........6.00pm – 7.00pm
Winter..........7.00pm – 8.00pm
'CELEBRATING 60 YEARS IN 2016'
Picture above - Seahorse swimmers and volunteers who took part in a three mile swim while wearing odd socks, to raise awareness of the Down's Syndrome Awareness Day on 21 March 2015 at the Flag Lane Baths.
Picture above - Some of Seahorse's swimmers taking part in the Community Games, organised by the Club, on 19 July 2014 at the Flag Lane Baths. A disco was held at Lady Verdin Trust's Drop-In Centre following the pool session.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AT SEAHORSE
To assist our swimmers in the pool.
Please contact one of our officials for more details.