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® 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.
Independence for all abilities in water
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.
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:
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The team of occupational therapists and Sports for Confidence have all completed training to integrate inclusive swimming equipment into pool sessions. . .