Empowering All

Our Inclusion Statement

We aim to be inclusive and welcoming in our sport, seeking to empower everyone to participate in a safe and enjoyable environment, where everyone is treated with the same level of respect, equality and importance.

Participation Opportunities

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Programmes & events which cater for all

Open Water Programmes

Open Water swimming caters for all ages and abilities of swimmer. From young splashers to older dippers, and everyone in between.

Learn to Swim

Our Learn to Swim programme will empower and inspire children to challenge themselves on their own personal journey of learning to swim.

Join a Club

Find a Swim Ireland affiliated club near you!

Pop-Up Pool

The Pool that comes to the PeopleSwim Ireland’s Pop-Up Pool!

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Awards & Commitment

Swim Ireland have recently achieved the Active Disability Ireland Silver Xcessible Award and will now work towards achieving Gold.

We have also signed up to the Active Disability Ireland Sport Inclusion Charter and encourage associated organisations to sign up!

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Xcessible Programme

The Xcessible programme is an inclusive programme designed for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) and Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) to positively and meaningfully provide opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity.

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Xcessible Club Toolkit

The Xcessible Club Toolkit is a guided resource that will empower clubs to positively and meaningfully provide opportunities for people with disabilities to take part in sport and physical activity at a local level.

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Useful Resources

Find all the Disability Awareness Resources you need

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Disability Inclusion Training Workshops

Active Disability Ireland coordinates, develops and delivers inclusive training and education workshops across the Sport, Fitness, Adventure and Education sectors. All our workshops are designed to equip participants with the knowledge, competence and skills necessary to include people with disabilities in sport and physical activity, and increase quality provision.

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Active Disability Ireland Sport Inclusion Disability Charter

Sport and physical activity are central to the fabric of life in Ireland. As citizens of this state, people with disabilities have a right to be active within their local communities. In our efforts to truly understand what it is really like for a person with a disability to be active in Ireland, we carried out nationwide focus groups with people with disabilities and parents of children with disabilities.

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Pathways for All

Participation Pathway

Pathways for All

Competition Pathway

Pathways for All

Para Swimming

Para Swimming competition is open to male and female athletes in the categories for dwarfs, amputees, blind/visually impaired, spinal cord injured/wheelchair, cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke and les autres.

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Diversity & Inclusion Policy

This Policy provides a set of guiding principles that goes beyond what is required by law or regulation in promoting equality and preventing discrimination. Its aim is to provide a culture within our sport that is inclusive for all and sets out our expectations for the conduct of activity that falls under our direct remit such as within our Clubs, Regions, Teams, Education and Programmes. In addition, we expect that any organisation or individual with whom we work will adhere to the principles and spirit of the policy and our guidelines.

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Me, My Child & the Water

The Swim Ireland ‘Me, my Child and the Water’ resource is aimed at parents and carers of children with disabilities. It will also help swimming teachers to support children in their lessons. This resource is a guide outlining how swimmers with a disability can plan their visit and access the pool safely.

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Dormant Accounts Funding

To support the development of future leaders in sport, €300,000 has been invested in Youth Leadership programmes across a variety of National Governing Bodies.

An investment of €400,000 into the Aspire Graduate Programme will enable recently qualified sport and physical activity graduates to gain relevant experience in sector-based organisations.