Accessible Derbyshire cannot praise this swimming aid enough! It is a truly brilliant hydrotheropy aid. 

The Floatsation allows complete support but gives you the experiance that you are immersed in the water and allows the user to feel extremely safe.

Accessible Derbyshire would reccomend anyone who has a child with Profound Multiple Learning Difficulties to  check out this piece of equipment. 


Floatsation (formerly known as Original Floatsation and New Age Floatsation) is a unique matrix of balls giving total support and independence in water for people of all abilities, disabled and non-disabled, young and old.

The Floatsation product range has wide applications both in the leisure market as an inclusive swimming/floatation aid and as hydrotherapy aid in the pool. The products enable independence in the water acting as an exercise unit and an aid to relaxation at the same time; as well as being a fun toy in the water for all.

Floatsation was part of the Youth Sport Trusts programme called Elements which looked at providing ways in which people with more complex needs can be intergraded in to a swimming programme in a meaningful way and still be inclusive. For more information on the Youth Sports Trust Elements© YST programme please go to www.youthsporttrust.org where you can get more information on this programme.

The original product Floatsation® was developed in the mid-1990s and was promoted as a teaching and hydrotherapy aid to physiotherapists and SEN teachers.  Re-developed in 2003 by Martin Mansell Floatsation® has gone on to be one of the most inclusive swimming / floating aids ever proving popular with swimming teachers, therapists and parents in all swimming settings,  whether school, Leisure centre or at home.  Martin believes that everyone should be able to enjoy the freedom that being in water brings.

Incidentally, Martin has spent a lot of time in the water over the years. He won 11 medals in the pool (including 4 gold medals) at two Paralympics (’84 and ’88).