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Welcome to
Accessible Swimming

We are a user led membership charity offering swimming opportunities for people with a disability of any age, people aged 50 and over and also their family who live in Scarborough, Whitby, Filey or the surrounding district.


“To provide or assist in the provision of facilities and events for recreation, rehabilitation, sport and leisure time occupation, (in particular but not exclusively by the provision of facilities and opportunities for swimming,) for people with disabilities* and their families, in the interest of social welfare with the object of improving their condition”



We work with many local businesses, groups and charities to improve and develop accessibility and health improvement provision for people with a disability in the Borough of Scarborough.


Similarly, we receive new member referrals from Social Services (Disabled Children Service and Adult Services), Occupational Health, our local Home Improvement Agency (White Rose), NHS Specialist Nurses, GP Practices, NYCC Wellbeing Service and our local Youth Services to mention a few.  It is amazing what can be achieved through working together!


Please contact us to find out more. 

Main Fortnightly Swim sessions:

Since 1974 SDSG has been providing fortnightly accessible swimming sessions and we have grown to be one of the largest disabled swimming groups in the country.   

We are a user led charity and our sessions at Scarborough Sports Village are open to anyone aged 50 and over and anyone of any age with a disability, along with their family. 

We operate a flat rate entry fee for our swim sessions and do not charge extra for partaking in Aqua-fit, NASCH Distance Badge or Water-Skills Award Scheme etc, to ensure people are not put off partaking in these activities. Subject to funding, we also offer extension activities during the week, from time to time. 

Our volunteers and staff are trained in various techniques of aquatic therapy, as well as expertise in working with members with anxiety, physical, sensory, communication or behaviour challenges.  We also have specialist equipment and toys to make your time with us extra special. 

In partnership with parents and care givers we provide adaptive swim activities that use techniques that place emphasis on swimming skills modified or adapted to accommodate individual abilities, needs, and goals, regardless of age or disability/medical condition. 

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Charity Excellence Quality Mark:

We are pleased to have been awarded the Charity Excellence Quality Mark.

The assurance assessment covered: promoting good governance, effective strategy, leading and managing people well, effective delivery of operations, efficient use of finance and resources, maximising income generation and effective communications.

The system also assessed key crisis health check indicators, including maximising impact, short-term resilience, longer-term sustainability, how good we are at getting funding to front line activities, legal & compliance and how well everyone is kept safe from harm.

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