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Socially distanced swimming sessions for those with disabilities to be held at waterpark

Laura Kearns 11th Oct, 2020

A NEW socially-distanced swimming session to improve the wellbeing of those with a disability is being trialled at Coventry’s waterpark.

An informal quiet time session for people of all ages and forms of disability takes place at The Wave on Wednesday October 14 between 5pm and 7pm.

CV Life, the company operating The Wave, is running the socially-distanced session with support from Coventry City Council and Sense – a charity that supports those living with complex disabilities.

CV Life disability sports development officer Mandip Sehmi said: “Many individuals with complex disabilities have had to shield over the past few months from covid 19, and we want this pilot event to instil a dose of normality for them.

“Some people – particularly those with underlying health conditions – are understandably nervous about heading back out into society, but this event at The Wave is about creating a comfortable environment for individuals with disabilities and for them to have a change of scenery and socialise with others who they can relate to.

“The session is open to anybody with any form of disability and their family members, and is also an opportunity for them to offer their feedback, which will play a key role in developing the sessions over the coming months.”

The two-hour pilot will see visitors given exclusive access to the facility. The lights will be dimmed, music switched off, as well as the opportunity to interact with sensory equipment in the Wave Pool and Lazy River, along with access to some of the facility’s rides.

The trial forms part of CV Life’s ‘go connect’ initiative aiming to encourage more local people to take advantage of its four city venues – The Wave, Centre AT7 , The Alan Higgs Centre and Xcel Leisure Centre.

Quiet Time pre-bookings must be made online via The Wave’s online booking system.

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