Swimming has always been a great sport and recreational activity. It not only promotes vitality but also trains your mind to be disciplined, especially for competitive swimming. However, little do we know that swimming is also good for the visually impaired.
The British Blind Sports states: "We believe that every visually impaired person has the right to participate in the sport of their choice. We understand that there are many hurdles and barriers to overcome in order for each and every visually impaired person to have the same accessibility as a sighted person."
Here are some useful tips for the visually impaired to be successful in swimming.
The tapper is a knowledgeable guide who is experienced in observing a swimmer’s strokes. He/she will "tap" the swimmer as an indication that the lane is about to end and that the swimmer needs to make a turn. Tappers should be at the end of each pool. He/she must have a rod with a firm foam tip to touch the swimmer at the right moment.