Welcome to Floatsation

Independence for all abilities in water


Martin Mansell

Martin Mansell is the driving force behind Floatsation. His mission is to bring the benefits of enjoying the water to disabled youngsters and adults.

He really does understand those benefits himself having competed in international competitions over the years. He has 3 Paralympic gold medals, 4 silver and 2 bronze along with 2 world championships, 2 European championships and 15 other international accolades.

Enjoying the water with Floatsation has immeasurable benefits. In addition to the physical enjoyment of gaining water skills the increased confidence can lead to improved self-esteem and independence.

Then there's increased spatial awareness, great exercise, team skills and relaxation.

That all adds up to quality of life improvements only possible through positive experiences.

Independence for All Abilities in Water

Floatsation® (formerly known as Original Floatsation and New Age Floatsation) is a unique matrix of balls giving total support and independence in water for people of all abilities, disabled and non-disabled, young and old.

The Floatsation® product range has wide applications both in the leisure market as an inclusive swimming/floatation aid and as hydrotherapy aid in the pool. The products enable independence in the water acting as an exercise unit and an aid to relaxation at the same time; as well as being a fun toy in the water for all.

Floatsation® was featured on CBeeBies Logo Something Special program.

Floatsation® was part of the Youth Sport Trusts programme called Elements which looked at providing ways in which people with more complex needs can be intergraded in to a swimming programme in a meaningful way and still be inclusive. For more information on the Youth Sports Trust Elements© YST programme please go to www.youthsporttrust.org where you can get more information on this programme.

Child in the water on a Floatsation mat

Enjoyment in Water

The original product Floatsation® was developed in the mid-1990s and was promoted as a teaching and hydrotherapy aid to physiotherapists and SEN teachers. Re-developed in 2003 by Martin Mansell Floatsation® has gone on to be one of the most inclusive swimming / floating aids ever proving popular with swimming teachers, therapists and parents in all swimming settings, whether school, Leisure centre or at home. Martin believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the freedom that being in water brings.

Incidentally, Martin has spent a lot of time in the water over the years. He won 11 medals in the pool (including 4 gold medals) at two Paralympics ('84 and '88).

Floatsation® can enable everyone to have fun in the water in a safe and confident way. It enables users to have fun while still allowing them to develop:

  • Confidence
  • Increased Self Esteem
  • Independence
  • Aquatic Skills
  • Water awareness
  • Spatial awareness
  • Team Skills
  • Relaxation in water
  • General relaxation
  • Safe exercise in water for all abilities and ages

To see and download a leaflet with full product details click here or go to the Products page.

Floatsation® Sales/Training

If you need to contact us for further information please use the contact form, telephone either of the numbers below or write to:

38 Norbriggs Rd,
S43 3BU
Tel: 01246 476364
Mob:07710 938536

Floatsation aids allow swimmers with Special needs to be independent in the water. They help create a safer centre of gravity and can provide an effective learning curve towards becoming an independent swimmer. The effectiveness of each buoyancy aid keeping the swimmer in the water instead of above the water helps to boost essential water confidence

Jo Eames

Director of Sport, Valence School, Kent