ISSA Position Statement #10: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Fostering Inclusivity in Every Stroke

Introduction:

The International Swim Schools Association (ISSA) asserts that swim schools hold a responsibility to embrace diversity, uphold principles of non-discrimination, and foster an inclusive environment. Inclusivity should be embedded in staff hiring, policies, and programs to ensure that the diverse needs of students and their families are met.

Benefits:

ISSA underscores the importance of supporting teachers and staff with the knowledge and skills needed to cater to the diverse needs of students and their families. Barriers to participation, such as lack of awareness, subconscious attitudes, prejudice, or bias, can be significant. Adapting teaching approaches and intentionally including participants begin with awareness and training.

Promoting Diversity in Staff:

ISSA recommends that the workforce reflects the community. 

Accessible Facilities:

ISSA advocates for facilities designed to meet accessibility requirements for individuals with physical disabilities. Gender-neutral or gender-inclusive restrooms contribute to an inclusive environment, ensuring everyone feels welcome and respected, while maintaining child safeguarding / protection measures in place.

Conclusion:

A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in swim schools not only aligns with ethical principles but also produces better business outcomes. ISSA affirms the positive impact of a diverse staff that can effectively communicate with the parents and students they serve.