Affiliated clubs and groups do not generally organise “swimming lessons” in the accepted sense. An instructor works in the water, on a one-to-one basis, although often in a group situation.
Teaching follows the Ten-Point Programme of the Halliwick Concept.
Water confidence and control of one’s body in the water is taught, leading towards swimming movements.
The Halliwick Concept focusses on teaching a swimmer confidence in their own abilities in water. For that reason, Halliwick teaches without any flotation aids and does not encourage the use of goggles. For more information, see Why no Flotation Aids and Why no Goggles.
When the 10 Points have been mastered, more traditional swimming/stroke technique may follow.
Depending on the club/group, there is usually a membership fee. Halliwick AST recommends that clubs ask any person joining to complete a form of self-certification, simply as a precaution, to say that the person can take part in water activities (with medical advice where necessary).
Affiliated clubs and Halliwick ASTRAs (regions) organise swimming competitions at local, regional, national and even international level.
The galas are run on a timed-handicapping basis, first adopted by Halliwick AST in 1952, where swimmers compete on the basis of their ability in the water, irrespective of their disability on land. We now use a ‘Zero Tolerance’ time banding.