Swim Lab takes on Canada! What did we get up to? Next visit for disABILITY Development will be in: Montreal, Ottawa, Quebec City, Toronto, Niagara and Vancouver

Wow what a busy 3 weeks we had over the pond in Canada. Week 1 consisted of a disABILITY DEVELOPMENT week in stunning Montreal. For us this trip was the gateway to our future partnerships in America.

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We set out from Lanzarote after a very busy summer of camps and disABILITY DEVELOPMENT weeks in our favorite island in the world. First stop landing in Madrid with an over night stay before flying direct to Montreal.

Unsure of what clothes we should take with us because following a lot of research the weather apparently changes in September and from one day to the next it can plummet! After a fairly quick flight we arrived passed through customs and immigration to be met by our host for our Canadian trip Ricardo.

We spend the next 5 days working and networking with a fantastic group of kids. Unfortunately due to Canadian laws we had been unable to take video and photographs during our sessions as they had been conducted in public facilities and unless we had consent from all users of the center.

Regardless of that we had a fantastic time working with each of the kids and their families ranging from muscular dystrophy to cerebral palsy. One thing I wasn’t so sure on was coping with was the dual language spoken in Montreal. This however was not something that followed through the other areas we visited.

The pools we used had fantastic facilities and we cannot wait to return again next year to expand and offer more families assistance.

After our training week we spent the next 2 weeks working with our host to source, build relationships and network in order to deliver our next disABILITY development weeks in 2019.

We went to Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto and Niagara. The reason we selected each of these locations was to source pools that would work for us to deliver our weeks. This is actually a lot harder than it sounds. In each and every place we ever work we have to make sure that the facilities are adaptable, accommodating and most of all have the support of the management teams. Thankfully we found facilities that suited our needs which mean in 2019/2020 we will be bringing further weeks to these cities.

The only side of Canada for us yet to visit will be Vancouver which will be on our next visit. We are in the process of putting together our schedules to be released along with our new website.

We are extremely excited to be building a team over in Canada who can assist us with our planning and execution of new and exciting weeks.

Whilst in Canada we got to visit many local attractions including the CN tower in Toronto where we had dinner, the Parliament buildings in Ottawa which we had a tour inside and climbed the bell tower.

One of our favorites was our hotel in Niagara which we stayed in on the top floor. On the 31st floor, stepping into our room which we never wanted to leave! Luckily for us we will be back as this has been planned as our location in Niagara due to the suitable facilities along with the proximity to the USA boarder meaning we can accept clients from the USA on our future dates.

Needless to say visiting Canada will not be the last time that we visit. We cannot wait to share with you our exciting plans for the future dates.

If you would like to register your interest then please complete the form below and we will be in contact with you as soon as our availability is launched.

Fancy some Winter Sun in 2018! We have released last minute dates with some amazing offers for flights and accommodation for private disABILITY development weeks.

 

 

We are constantly asked if we can find any additional availability for private disABILITY Development weeks. We have been trying our best to see if we can make any last minute availability for 2018.

 

 

We have searched through all our availability and looking for opportunities to squeeze in just one more client. Below are the late entries. Julie at Camel Travel is already set and ready to go to find deals for you on accommodation and flights.

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If you are interested in any of these dates, please get in touch as soon as possible and see if we can make it happen for you. If you want to read about what is included in a disABILITY Development week, please follow the link here.

Or if you wish to read up on what recent clients have had to say about us follow the link here.

 

 

*course fees are to be paid at time of booking to confirm slots and no refunds are issued.

If you are interested in our additional availability for 2019 then please click here.

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Cerebral Palsy Swim Camp August 2018 Write Up Day Five

 

After a busy day at sea, everyone had been feeling a little tired this morning so we decided that this would be a perfect opportunity to review the past few days to see what improvements each of the kids has made.

We have specific targets which are set as part of our W-AVE programme. W-AVE is part of our mindset training that we deliver as part of every programme we deliver whether it be learn to swim, disABILITY development programmes, Advanced Video Analysis or Elite training. Each child works towards a defined set of clear goals which we set either verbally or as part of our coaching assessments. This gives us a clear focus to what we need to work on and how best to achieve set goals.

Needless to say this week the boys have been working extremely hard to achieve their W-AVE. Control, strength, stability, gait and stride, body positioning and use of certain muscles and functions throughout the day.

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During the morning swim session we worked on speed, using different strokes with diving. Trying to beat previous times and set new records. Whilst we don’t always manage to beat the clock, he try extremely hard to deliver the best swims we can. That really is what matters. Winning isn’t always defined purely on times and this is something we try to help our clients accept.

During the afternoon sessions, Kris used our famous “Spider football” game which all kids love to play with us. Before playing we stretched to loosen off from our speed session in the pool.

Afterwards boxing, working on the basics before a much more in depth session during day six. 4 different types of punches and leg work, which for many clients with cerebral palsy this is hard to co-ordinate.

 

Check back for our final day, to see what we get up to rounding off a fantastic week. In the meantime if you missed the other days you can find them all below.

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Check out the updates from other days from our Cerebral Palsy Swim Camp:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Six

Cerebral Palsy Swim Camp August 2018 Write Up Day Four

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Today was the day we had all been waiting for. Within our programme we plan a half day in the middle of the week. We decided to take out the Catalanza VI boat for the day. We arranged to spend the day at sea with a dry land session focussing on balance and stability with an open water swim session to follow.

We met bright and early in Puerto Calero marina at 10am where we had coffees and mocktails before boarding. Climbing aboard we met our crew led by Jack Wilkes who provided us fantastic service all day long.

Upon boarding, Kris took the kids to the front deck to deliver a core training session. This session presented many challenges our stability became a difficult factor to combine on the nets up front. As we sailed from Puerto Calero across the bay of Playa Quemada on to Playa de Papagayo we focussed on core control, stability and rotation.

Using the constant movement from the elements of the ocean we navigated a tricky session gaining many benefits. After docking at the crystal clear bay of Playa de Papagayo we jumped into the water to cool off.

We spent a short time in the water firstly looking at technique before we started to focus on distance with some of our swimmers. Kris took Osian for a dip to look at fishes and relax both on front and back. Paulo took Haydn for his first ever open water swim, working on relaxation and technique. Later, Paulo and Theo swam from the boat to the shore and back again with a heavy focus on consistency and direction.

After our training session in the water, we fed the fish. It was then signing out for the team to enjoy a much deserved rest. Chilling for the afternoon with the families and having a great time. Today was a day none of us will ever forget.

Have any questions or want to book with us, complete the form below and we will be in touch…

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Read about our other days here:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

 

Cerebral Palsy Swim Week – August 2018 Day Two Write up

Another fantastic day of achievements here in Lanzarote. Today we focused our work on legs. Each client has their own complex difficulties which we look to address as we navigate through the week. However, one thing is for sure: each and every activity, task or challenge needs to be FUN!

We work tirelessly each and every week with all of our clients specifically tailoring our sessions to their specific needs. We do not like to put ourselves in a box and follow a strict guide line or what we should, shouldn’t or cannot do. There are many tasks which in general life kids with cerebral palsy find difficult or challenging. We focus our work on making small every day tasks possible with as little assistance as possible.

Lets take a look at some of our activities from todays programme. Kris works extremely hard to get the most out of his sessions. Creating games, devising routines and adapting activities to fit for each client. This morning we looked at “morning routines”. This set of exercises has been created to warm our body up, helping to pin point and focus on problem areas which hinder our abilities during the day.

After this we played a little game, as all of the clients during this week are able to walk, (this is not always the case on development weeks and that is factored into our activities). Being able to stand and move with support allowed us to focus on reducing tremors and heel and toe strides with engaging core stability.

One thing we focus heavily on during our Fit Lab Lanzarote sessions is to use a “dual focus processing”. What is this you may be wondering? Dual focus processing means achieving one task but with more than one focus, in other-words distributing the thoughts to make an action happen.

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If you followed yesterdays write up, you will know our focus this week is to help others and understand that we can assist others in tasks which we find difficult as no child is the same. The activity we set for this morning was to navigate our way along the swimming pool with a set of obstacles in our way along with a very, very large 50m swimming pool which if our team mates don’t guide us carefully we could end up very wet!

Wearing a blind fold, we asked the other kids to help navigate the pathway, one person giving specific instructions “take two small steps forward, one large step with high knees to step over the pole”. This fun game meant that through using “dual focus processing” we helped to reduce tremors, gain spacial awareness, listen to commands and focus on our gait and stride.

We then entered the pool after working really hard with side stepping and navigation. Our natural progression was to focus on the movements gained through breast stroke. We had a lovely session working on technique and using muscles in a different way.

This afternoon during land training, Kris had created a programme for “stretching after swimming”. Each child has been given a laminated copy of the exercises which had been created for the group. Kris and the kids worked through each exercise together which really made a huge difference to their confidence, strength and stability in the water during the afternoon session.

If you would like to see the PDF which we used during todays session, please get in touch in the form below and we can send it to you. We also played a game of Jenga!

Our afternoon pool session focused on butterfly linking the exercises we used on land. Finishing off the afternoon with a jumping session from the lane blocks. Tomorrow morning as part of our land based sessions the kids will be teaching the trainers how to do the exercises learnt from today. Lets hope they do their homework this evening!

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On Wednesday, we have a trip planned at sea! Boarding a private boat for the day. We will be using all our skills for a specially adapted “on board sailing experience with core training incorporating balance and stability then a sea based swim session”. Check out our update to find out what we get up to.

Check back tomorrow for more updates or contact us below if you would like to get in touch. Remember to check out our disABILITY Development weeks here in Lanzarote as we still have a small amount of availability for 2019.

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Read about our other days here:

Day One

Day Two

Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

Cerebral Palsy Swim Week – August 2018 Day One Write Up…

What a start to a fantastic week which we have planned here in Lanzarote. This week our training camp is out of Occidental Lanzarote Mar, in Costa Teguise. We have ran previous camps out of this hotel and this week is set to be AMAZING! Follow our posts for the rest of the week…

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As you can see from the schedule below we have lots of activities planned. Most of the activities are incorporated in private disABILITY development weeks, as you know all of our 2019 group weeks are already sold out.

Programme: Our programme is fully adaptable and written based on the clients we have visiting so that each and every client gets the most out of their week.

Lets discuss Day One!

Starting with our Fit Lab Lanzarote dry land session. We have focussed this week on team work and helping others. Each of the clients knows each other well after attending previous camps together but they have individual tasks or areas which need assistance. This way we encourage each child to accept others differences and help each other complete tasks.

This morning we working on stability, gait, stance and movement. Then we jumped into the pool to work on body position, leg kick and breathing. This afternoons dry land session focussed on back stroke, gaining extension, use of both hands/arms and floating.

During this afternoons sessions we focussed in Fit Lab Lanzarote on manual development. Todays task working as a group was to create a water based painting collectively with the title “colours of the island”. They had to discuss what they would add to the painting, who would assist who in each area and make them blend together. Lots of fun was had by everyone along with finishing the painting in record time!

We then washed up, removed the paint from our hands and faces! As we cannot possibly go in the lovely crystal clear swimming pool looking like tigers! Our swim session focussing on straight leg kicks went extremely well. Using sponges and hard plastic items to help with stimulation and movement in both arms. (pretty hard to get shots while we are coaching so will make a better effect to get the aquatic shots tomorrow!).

To finish off our day, we stood for a photograph with our fantastic painting which will be hung in our office as a reminder of such an amazing day!

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We cannot wait for round two tomorrow morning…

If you love what we are doing and would like to get involved with someone you know, please feel free to get in touch or check out the link here. We do have some additional availability in 2019 as we have expanded our team.

Check back tomorrow for more exciting updates from our week. Thank you to Occidental Lanzarote Mar for the excellent assistance we received today from both life guards and the gym staff.

Any questions, get in touch here:

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Read about our other days here:

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Day Three

Day Four

Day Five

Day Six

disABILITY DEVELOPMENT WEEKS Bristol & London January/February 2018

miss-m-ldnWhat a fantastic two weeks we have had! Visiting clients in both Bristol and London. Some days Paulo & Kris managed to visit 4 different training centres seeing a number of clients throughout each day. Thats an awful lot of towels, swim wear and shampoo!

Existing clients progressed during the intensive weeks of training along with new clients enjoying our services for the first time. We left feeling extremely satisfied with everything we had managed to achieve during the 2 weeks.

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Highlights during the weeks included 2 new clients in London one with Cerebral Palsy and the other with down-syndrome who after 2 sessions in the water excelled beyond expectations. One who had been having sessions elsewhere for 9 years without making progress in the water.

Another who was able to swim on his back, and also on his front with the use of a snorkel but was not able to rotate or breathe unassisted. He can now swim rotating alone from front to back without assistance for 15metres!

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Our Fit Lab Lanzarote Dry Land Strength and Conditioning sessions allowed clients to consolidate their development which they have already gained from following our bespoke programmes written specifically for each client and their individual needs.

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We even got the chance to go bowling to put our skills to the test! Post SDR clients working hard on heels flat to the floor. As with all disABILITY Development weeks we would not be able to do them without the help of parent, training centres, other consultants and staff who help make these weeks possible. Thank you all so much. This is why paediatric disability consulting is so rewarding!

If you would like more information about disABILITY Development weeks or our visits to Lanzarote then please follow the link here.

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What feedback did we receive from our new clients:

“Thank you so much. Brooke has learnt more in the 2 sessions with you than in the 9 years I’ve taken her for lessons! you´re amazing! I will speak to you soon. Thank you very much and safe journey home”

“Thank you for fitting in sessions for Noah over the weekend. I think the progress was visible and I´m very appreciative to Sarah for suggesting we meet up with you. I would definitely like to arrange for Noah to have sessions with you again when you are next over in May”

NEW disABILITY DEVELOPMENT weeks are being planned for Northern Ireland (Belfast), Ireland Dublin and Wales. If you know somebody who may be interested in joining us please get them to contact us for more information .

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Now we have returned to Lanzarote, its time to continue our work with clients visiting for Private Villa weeks, Hotel and apartment stays visiting our training centre in Puerto Del Carmen along with Training camps.

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Until next time, keep up the great work!

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Advanced Video Analysis 2018 Remaining Spaces

2018 is almost fully booked on literally every aspect of the business, from camps to coaching, disABILITY DEVELOPMENT weeks in Lanzarote and London to Swim Run training.

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We do have a few final slots available for Advanced Video Analysis.

Swim Lab Lanzarote are very proud of their superb Advanced Video Analysis service. This is undoubtedly the ultimate way to gauge your progress and to identify the exact measures you need to take to improve your swimming.

You will be filmed from every feasible angle above and below the water. During the realtime feedback, you will receive an in-depth analysis of what changes need to be made to your stroke. During the session, you will also receive tailored made drills to help develop and refine your technique. These 90 minute sessions combine theory, pool based training and the actual Advanced Video Analysis that will change your swim style forever!

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 You will have access to your videos, a written report and also an additional support video that will show you exactly how to perform the drills especially what aspect of your stroke you should be focusing on.

 Advanced Video Analysis is available for swimmers of all levels over all 4 competitive strokes.

Starts and Turns can also be analysed (depending on location). The features of this service includes:

  • FULL HD Video

  • Expert Stroke Analysis

  • Annotation Overlay

  • Elite Athlete Visualisation

  • Stroke Correction and Drill Session

  • Access to Files

  • Development Crib Sheet

  • Email Support

Prior to your session you will be sent a briefing sheet which will ask you for lots of different information, this is in order to maximise the time spent during your session and also allows you to tell us how you think you swim. This will enable you to visualise the changes that need to be made more effectively as we will often refer to the information you provided us.

Get booking on the link below:

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*All coaching sessions are non-refundable and full payment must be made at time of booking.

 

Why Is Paediatric Disability Consulting So Rewarding

I love working with all of my clients no matter their background, the satisfaction I receive from seeing clients achieve their true potential is what makes my work so rewarding. Yes, I do have a part to play in their journey and helping them to get there but ultimately it is the clients desire, drive and determination that keeps me going. We say I am helping them but actually they are helping me. Aside from coaching I am not a naturally confident person and it takes a lot for me to have confidence in myself.

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When a hospital, client, parent or other medical professional presents me with a challenge I not only aim to achieve but smash it! I know what I do and I know I do what I do well. Arrogant you may say.

The definition of arrogance is: having or showing the insulting attitude of people who believe that they are better, smarter, or more important than other people : having or showing arrogance.

Believe me there is no room in this line of work for arrogance, you don’t have long enough to think about yourself! Every session has to be planned, every goal has to be assessed and monitored communication with parents other consultants along with therapists who are all working towards the same mutual goal.

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“Think outside the box” I was never made to be contained, you can’t just keep me inside a box so the work I do best fits my personality and determination to make the impossible possible. Granted, there are some things we simply cannot change and inevitability  is going to happen but why stop striving to achieve the most we can?

I am approached by parents who have been told “my child will never be able to walk” or “my child will need complete assistance through life and wont be able to do things independently”. If they have the desire to push boundaries then why should we stop until all avenues have been explored? A few examples of these clients are listed below:

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Let me give you a short summary of a few of my clients because my clients are like family. Again you may say clients are clients but when you spend so much time with them we are not talking about the odd hour. We co-operate with each other all year round for many many years. One client was unable to walk and pre SDR operation, he has now competed in swimming galas coming away with Bronze and also Gold medals.

Another client has shown so much improvement in the last few weeks that we have agreed that in the future he will be able to take part in a full triathlon all by himself. He has recently had his foot reconstructed  so this goal will now be pushed but it just gives us another challenge to work towards. Another client who has CP and is deaf and dumb, we communicate through sign and has managed to swim 2 complete lengths both front and back completely unaided. Recently a client who I only started working with a short while ago has had intensive training and can now swim completely unaided and out of her depth although we have many mental barriers to overcome in the future!

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These achievements are what makes everything I do worth while. Changing a NO to a YES is the biggest sense of achievement for anyone. Do you have a goal and a desire to do something more? Don’t think about it, go for it.

If you would like to read about one of our client in depth, we have had permission from his family to publish his story and videos of his achievements. Read Ivans Story

I will next be over in London for our clinics in February 2018, please feel free to contact us below should you require further information or would like to chat about what we can offer or how best to support you. ( In 2018 we will also be coming to Wales, Northern Ireland and Krakow, (Poland) Also take a look at our disability coaching section on our website.

We also offer Cerebral Palsy Swimming Camps throughout the year here in Lanzarote along with Private Villa weeks working individually with our sister company Fit Lab Lanzarote. All our services can be seen via our website.

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TRANSPARENT, GREEN OR BLUE?

Have you ever wondered why the North Sea is dark and the Red Sea is clear?

A river, sea or lake are all different and this depends of many factors including H2O reactive molecules. Underneath we have listed few facts about the colour of water so we can understand its diversity.

  • Is water colourless? No – but can be described as transparent as it has the ability to of conduct light[1] but this feature does not cause any colour.

 

  • The most common colour which we can observe is blue. Travelling to Lanzarote in Canary Islands you can also see green, azure blue and emerald.

 

  • Talking about water we should use word hue instead of colour as hue describes reflected light. The hue is changing depending on organic and mineral compounds. We can observe green-blue colour in water in presence of iron salt[2].

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  • In El Golfo in Lanzarote colours/hue of water because of presence algaes and planktons is acidic green [3].

 

  • Manganese tints (depends on the quantity) water from yellow to brown, sulphur – blue and hydrogen sulphide tints water to blue.

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  • Colour/hue of water depends also on presents of salt in the water; more salty water more clearer and clean. The colour/hue of water may be influenced by atmospheric factors: sun rays or blue sky – they cause the water to appear “more blue” as red light from the sun meeting with transparent water and changing its colour.

 

Check out our Camp list for 2018!

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