'Entering New Waters: Halliwick in a Challenging World"

All lectures will be available online to participants for one week after the conference

כל ההרצאות תהיינה מלוות בתרגום סימולטני לעברית

ההרצאות יוקלטו ויהיו זמינות למשתתפים למשך שבוע אחד לאחר הכנס


Israel is hosting the First Online International Halliwick Association conference

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About the conference

About the Halliwick Concept:

The Halliwick Concept is an approach to teaching all people, and in particular, those with physical and/or learning difficulties, to participate in water activities, to move independently in water, and to swim.

The Halliwick Concept was developed by the swimming instructor and engineer of hydromechanics James McMillan MBE and his wife Phyl McMillan, MBE in the late 1940s and early 1950s. Since then, the Concept has gradually spread out over the world.

The IHA holds an International Conference every 6 years, intended for anyone who is interested in hydrotherapy, swimming and working in the water with people with disabilities. To read more about the IHA, go to the IHA website


The conference will include online lectures and workshops, as well as poster presentations and ample time for discussion and informal interactions between lecturers, trainees and those who are practicing the Halliwick Concept or want to learn more about it.

The conference will features a keynote lectures and parallel session, giving participants access to a range of topics.

Each session will include several presentations organized around themes related to one or more aspects of the Halliwick Concept and water activity for people with disabilities.

The social program will include a welcome reception, providing an opportunity for attendees to make and renew acquaintances in a relaxed setting.

The Partners

About the International Halliwick Association:

The International Halliwick Association (IHA) is registered as an Association in the records of the Danish Business Authority.

Our objectives are 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.

To learn more, go to the IHA's website

About Halliwick Group Israel:

Halliwick Group Israel was founded by the 6 certified lecturers of the Halliwick Concept in Israel. The goals of the group are:

a. To join all lecturers, trainees, and those who practice the Halliwick Concept in Israel
b. To maintain the spirit and rules of the IHA in courses and in practice
c. To encourage training in basic and advanced courses
d. To encourage research, articles and professional publications referring to the Halliwick

To learn more, go the Group's Facebook Page

About Beit Issie Shapiro:

Beit Issie Shapiro is Israel’s leading developer and provider of innovative therapies and state-of-the-art services for children and adults across the entire range of disabilities impacting on over half a million people annually.

Beit Issie Shapiro promotes social change through a three-pronged approach: development and provision of cutting edge services, changing attitudes in society and advocating for better legislation, and sharing knowledge throughout Israel, as well as internationally, through research, consultation and training.

As a social start-up in the field of disabilities, Beit Issie Shapiro’s four decades of expertise is in scaling up its impactful solutions that are developed, researched and validated on-site – enabling the organization to promote systemic change in the quality of life of people with disabilities in Israel and internationally.

Beit Issie Shapiro’s vision is that every person with a disability is entitled to full equal rights, and to be included and active in community life. We work with all sectors in Israel – Jewish, Arab and others.

Our Mission is to pioneer Israeli innovation to improve the quality of life and ensure the full rights of people with disabilities.

Beit Issie Shapiro has Special Consultative Status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2012. To learn more, go to Beit Issie Shapiro’s website

When & where


Sep 30 - Oct 1, 2021

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Conference Committees

Conference organizing committee (in alphabetical order):

Ilanit Weigenfeld-Lahav - Conference Chair

Merav Hadar Frumer

Nir Alt

Noa Hagani Shapira

Noga Ben Anat

Yael Yoshei


Conference Scientific committee (in alphabetical order)

Anna Olasinska

Fezia Tyebally

Ilanit Weigenfeld-Lahav

Ivan Perzel

Jean-Pierre Maes

Konstantinos Chandolias

Maria De Lourdes Garcia

Merav Hadar-Frumer

Montserrat Gutiérrez

Noa Hagani Shapira







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