Autism Friendly Swimming

 Contact Details

Lesley Hendry
Aquatic Development Manager
 Tel: 01382 432348

 What’s Different?

We have made slight adjustments at Olympia to make our Autism Friendly Swimming Session as fun as possible for families.

Here are some of changes we will make:

  • Televisions at Reception will be turned off
  • We will provide a Fast Track Lane for admission
  • Specific changing area provided which is closest to the pool
  • Hand dryers in our toilet areas will be switched off
  • Wave machine will be switched off
  • Wave Jets will be switched off
  • Cannonball flume will be switched off
  • Toddlers Pool water features will be reduced
  • Music will be turned off
  • Public announcements will only be made if absolutely necessary
  • We have provided a calendar of dates to inform you when sessions are running

Please follow our Facebook page for any up-to-date information, including timetable changes.

National Autistic Society Poster

 Story Board

Together with a Speech and Language Therapist we have put together a Story Board which can better prepare children dealing with Autism who are about to participate in our session at Olympia.


Session: Price
Swim Standard £4.00
Swim Concession £3.10
5 Years and Over £3.10
4 Years and Under £1.50
2020 Sessions:
  • Sunday 26th January
  • Sunday 23rd February
  • Sunday 29th March
  • Fast Track Entry opens at 9.45am
  • Off peak Leisure Pool Charges will apply on admissions from 10.00am–10.30am
  • Normal Pool Charges apply from 10.30am

Sessions are held on Sundays: 10.00am–11.00am

  • Autism is a lifelong developmental disability that affects how people perceive the world and interact with others.
  • More than 1 in 100 people are autistic, including an estimated 57,000 people in Scotland.
  • Every autistic person is different. It can present some serious challenges – but, with the right support and understanding, autistic people and their families can live full lives.
  • Although everyone is different, autistic people may:
    • Be under or over-sensitive to sounds, touch, tastes, smells, light or colours, which can make everyday life extremely difficult
    • Find social situations and change a challenge, sometimes leading to extreme levels of anxiety
    • Experience a ‘meltdown’ if overwhelmed by anxiety or sensory overload
    • Benefit from extra time to process and respond to communication.
  • Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome are often of average or above average intelligence. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

With the help of Vickie Sutherland and Iona Scott of ‘National Autistic Society – Dundee & Angus Branch’ the staff at Olympia took part in a training session that helped them understand Autism and the difficulties families have dealing with day to day situations.

The session provided staff with the knowledge and strategies to enable them to support customers with the condition that sometimes isolates them and can restrict participation in activities.

  • The National Autistic Society is the leading charity for autistic people and their families. It provides information, support and pioneering services, and campaigns for a better world for autistic people.
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