Floatsation- School to Community Transition- Funding Opportunities

Floatsation Aids have been the back bone of providing opportunities for disabled children with high support needs, in special schools, to be able to develop the ability to float in water independently without being held. As these children become young adults we need to ensure that these new skills and freedoms are maintained in the community setting.

Floatsation in partnership with a number of nation charities can provide funding applications to support putting floatsation aids into community swimming pools and hydrotherapy pools ensuring continuity of the new skills.


Floatsation Funding Opportunities

Free Funding - please click on this link to find out if you might be eligible from 50% to 100% funding for Floatsation swim aids and training.


Independence for All Abilities in Water

Floatsation® is a swimming aid made of a unique matrix of balls giving total support, flexibility 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 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 integrated 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.

Funding for Floatsation Aids for 18 year olds and under:​

Funding for FLOATSATION Equipment from £200 to £5,000 per application aged 18 or under for Individuals or Organisation (you do not need to be a charity) such as CSP. For more information please e-mail me using our funding contact form.

Welcome to Floatsation​

Independence for all abilities in water

Image of Martin Mansell at the side of the pool in a wheelchair

Martin Mansell

Floatsation has been developed by Martin Mansell, Paralympic Swimmer and winner of 3 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze medals at 2 Paralympic games.

Floatsation® Swimming Aid

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.

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:

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

Sport for Confidence occupational therapists make a splash with Paralympian

In the News

April 2022 OT News

The team of occupational therapists and Sports for Confidence have all completed training to integrate inclusive swimming equipment into pool sessions. . .  

Product Update

Floatsation Aids are now made to ISO9001 manufacturing standards and from August 2022 the Balls used in all new Floatsation Aids are now CE marked.