IHA Organisation

International Halliwick Association

IHA is an 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.

The Halliwick Concept is an approach to teaching all people, in particular, focussing 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.

The Halliwick Concept was developed by the swimming instructor and engineer of hydromechanics James McMillan M.B.E. and his wife Phil McMillan, M.B.E. in the late 40th and early 50th. Since then, the Concept has gradually spread out over the world. As a consequence the International Halliwick Association was established in Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, in 1994. The members of IHA consist of

The objects of the Charity (hereinafter “the objects”) shall be to :

(a) maintain the ideology of the Halliwick Concept and to develop the Halliwick concept in accordance (where appropriate) with scientific advances;

(b) promote the availability and accessibility of the Association for each member world wide;

(c) provide training and instruction and to maintain quality standards in such training and instruction in order to raise professional levels of same;

(d) promote the continuance and improvement of Halliwick courses;

(e) to organise meetings and educational programmes which so advance the objects of the charity on a regular basis;

(f) facilitate the co-operation of members internationally and the co-operation of such members with other national or international organisations to further and improve the exchange of ideas concerning the Halliwick concept;

(g) stimulate research into the theoretical background and functional (being clinical) effects of the Halliwick Concept; in furtherance of this object the Association will inter alia ;

(i) co-ordinate and organise with other such national associations being interested in the objects of this association;

(ii) encourage the development and maintenance of national associations and individuals;

(iii) act both as a forum for the exchange of ideas, knowledge, skills and experience and act as a source of information;

(iv) hold from time to time meetings and conferences at both national and international level;

(v) inform the public about the activities of the Association within its field of interest;

(vi) invite (as appropriate) representatives of the media to meetings and conferences and other activity;

(vii) keep accurate records of such meetings;

(viii) promote publications by the Association.