Welcome to the International Halliwick Association (IHA)

The International Halliwick Association (IHA) is a charity organisation with the objectives to maintain the Halliwick Concept of swimming for disabled people and to develop the concept and teaching and treatment method in accordance with new experiences and scientific advances.

Aims of the IHA are:

  • To promote the Halliwick Concept of teaching swimming and rehabilitation in water throughout the world
  • To encourage good practice in the use of the Halliwick Concept.

The Halliwick Concept

The Halliwick Concept is an approach to teaching all people, in particular, focusing on those with physical and/or learning difficulties, to participate in water activities, to move independently in water, and to swim. It is based on a belief in the benefits that can be derived from activities in water, and sets out the fundamentals necessary for their learning. These benefits include physical, personal, recreational, social and therapeutic aspects. The Concept has influenced hydrotherapy techniques and has been developed into specific therapeutic exercises.