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Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Swimming

Swimming is fantastic exercise and, when proper precautions are taken, offers few adaptation problems for people with vision loss who are already competent swimmers.

However …

  • For safety reasons, always swim with a partner or a group, especially in open water. When there are no boundaries to provide you with a line of direction, a sighted swimming partner is simply a must.

  • In an emergency, swim in the direction of the waves, which will eventually take you to shore. Also, listen for sounds signaling the direction of land, such as people talking, dogs barking, or music. If you can see general shapes, look for building, flags, lights, etc.

  • When swimming in a pool, rope off a lane to help keep you oriented. Also a brightly colored towel or chair at each end of the pool will help you know when you're nearing the end of the pool. Or, you can use a radio to signal the approach to the end of the pool.

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