A North Devon swim school is proving a success by encouraging both disabled and non-disabled children of all abilities to learn to swim together. Most classes at Splash Swimschool include a child with some kind of disability but owner and teacher Louise B

A North Devon swim school is proving a success by encouraging both disabled and non-disabled children of all abilities to learn to swim together.Most classes at Splash Swimschool include a child with some kind of disability but owner and teacher Louise Benjafield says she can see no reason why classes should be segregated.Lessons for different age groups take place at the Calvert Trust Exmoor, near Blackmoor Gate and at Woolacombe and Bideford."Families with disabled children attending mainstream schools are only too familiar with the fees some centres in our area charge for lessons, which are usually only offered on a one-to-one basis," said Louise.There are classes for parents, babies and toddlers, as well as pre-school groups for three to five years, with a teacher for every four children and sessions for the over-fives.Bratton Fleming Primary School has recently begun attending Splash classes, which have proved very popular.With the amount of water in and around North Devon, lessons are currently focussing on personal survival and water safety."By integrating lessons we're getting some amazing results and the children who are more able are learning how others cope and deal with life and lesson on a weekly basis, although often they don't even notice they have a disability since they're treated the same as any other," added Louise."We offer lessons catering for adults with access or mobility problems, or children with conditions such as Downs syndrome, dyspraxia, asthma and cerebral palsy."For me, it is satisfying that every child or adult will get the same opportunity."Call (01271) 325181 for information.