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A Branch of the National Autistic Society

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Splash & Play Swim


> Splash & Play is a family swimming session for children with autism  

  and their immediate families.


> NAS Bristol Branch hire the whole of the swimming pool to offer

  members a closed session just for branch members.


> The session is open to children / young people aged approx 0-19.


> The branch has exclusive use of the main swimming pool, the splash

  pool and the water flume during our Splash & Play sessions.


> There is no fixed cost, though we ask for a voluntary contribution of

  £2 per swimmer to help cover the cost of this and any future branch  



> Please remember to bring a pound coin for the lockers.


> Parents / Carers remain responsible for their children at all times

  during NAS swimming sessions



< Read more FAQ's here >

One of the most popular NAS Bristol events has to be our exclusive swimming sessions.

These sessions allow families to access and enjoy swimming in a relaxed, friendly and supportive atmosphhere.

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Easton Leisure Centre,

Thrissell St,


BS5 0SW.


Phone: 0117 955 8840

How to find Easton Leisure Centre


> Life skills, learning through play:

Learning to swim provides children with a vital survival skill and this is no different for children with a disability or SEN. While our Splash & Play sessions are free-play, fun sessions, the things children learn through swimming with friends and family could one day save their lives.


  <Click here for details of NAS Bristol Super Swimmers Academy>


> Improve water safety:

Regular exposure to water and reinforcement of the safety rules will help make children more aware of the dangers of water and how to keep themselves safe. Learning to swim is a skill that could ultimately save a child’s life. As drowning is the third most common cause of accidental death in children, it is vital that every child has the opportunity to learn to swim and gain core knowledge regarding water safety.


> Provides a positive social outlet:

One of the great things about swimming with Splash & Play is the opportunity children have to make new friends. Children also say that it gives them a massive boost in confidence and really helps with social skills and communication.


> Improves attention and coordination:

When swimming you have to be focused on what you are doing and aware of you surroundings at all times. Swimming helps children build on these skills which will carry over into other aspects of their lives. It also improves coordination as to swim you need to control all of your limbs and move in a rhythmic and synchronised manner. Regular swimming sessions will again improve a Childs existing skills and continue to build on them.


> Improve physical fitness:

Swimming is a great form of exercise and a fun way to get active. When swimming, whether swimming lengths of the pool or just splashing around for fun, your body is using a lot of muscles to move you through the water. This is a great way to get fit and partake in regular exercise while having lots of fun!


> Builds confidence and self esteem:

When swimming, children can focus on developing self-confidence and self-esteem. Swimming is a non competitive activity and children can learn new skills and reach their own personal goals to improve their sense of self esteem. In addition to body conditioning, learning water skills gives special needs children a sense of achievement. In the pool they can have fun exploring new boundaries with success.


> Therapeutic benefits and sensory input:

Swimming can also be a great source of therapy for those with physical disabilities. Swimming is regularly suggested as a great activity for those with a physical disability because the water is weight bearing, allowing a greater freedom of movement. Swimming can help with proprioception, (awareness of the body in space), the sensory effects of water have been shown to stimulate interaction in children with emotional, behavioural and communication disorders and neurological conditions such as autism.


> Relieve stress:

Exercise is proven to reduce stress and anxiety levels. Swimming is a very relaxing pursuit and has a very calming effect on children.


> Fun, Family Time:

Our swims are a great time to relax, to play and have fun. Swimming is a very inclusive activity and a great way for families to have fun together.

Some Benefits of Swimming

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