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Water activities

April 2013

Are you and your child interested in water activities ? We would like to suggest some resources that could help you find what you are looking for.

Swimming is a complete sport that enables children to develop balance, muscle strength, coordination, body awareness, breathing skills and self-esteem.

Swimming is a discipline that is frequently practiced by people with motor disabilities because it enables them to develop skills in an almost-weightless environment. It allows them to move their bodies without gravity constraints.

It is also a leisure activity that is available in almost every neighbourhood and does not require a lot of equipment. All depending on what both your objectives are and your child's motor skills, you have a wide variety of water activities to choose from.

On the Marie Enfant website, you will find an online resource guide under the Family/Sports and Leisure Activities heading. This guide lists all of the contact information you will need to get in touch with the different organizations and resources that offer water activities. For easy planning of family outings to your neighbourhood pool, you can also look up the guide for a list of swimming pools that have accessibility features (hydraulic chairs, ramps, lifts, etc.) and hot water pools.

For children who have more severe impairments or trouble participating in mainstream swimming lessons, Viomax and Aqua Percept offer adapted swimming lessons.

If you are not interested in swimming lessons, and if all you are looking for is just some fun water activities to do, you can contact organizations, such as Juni-Sport, CIVA, Gymn-Eau and Viomax to learn more about their adapted water activity programs.

If you are interested in taking up competitive swimming, Viomax has a swimming club for rising athletes that has been adapted for the motor skills of its members.

We hope that the information provided above will help you find the water activities you are looking for.

Have fun swimming !

Notes

Annie Jacques
Physiothérapeute
Centrde réadaptation Marie Enfant

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