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Taking part in Para-Swimming competitions

There is a wide range of Para-Swimming competitive opportunities available from local to international level. Find out more below.

From school-based competition to the Paralympics, there are many opportunities for people with a disability to get involved in organised competitions.

Local level

There is a wide range of local competitive opportunities, many of which are run at a club level. Local competitions range from school competitions to club competitions

County level

The ASA runs mainstream County Swimming Championships that are inclusive of  swimmers who hold a current national or international classification for functional, visually impaired or intellectual disability (S1-S14).

Regional level

The ASA runs mainstream Regional Swimming Championships that are inclusive of swimmers with a disability who hold a current national or international classification for functional, visually impaired or intellectual disability (S1-S14).

The ASA also runs Disability Swimming Regional Championships that provide an opportunity for swimmers with a physical, visual, learning or hearing impairment to take part in a swimming competition.

These championships are open to all Nationally and Internationally classified swimmers and swimmers on the functional waiting list or those whose applications are being processed by UKSA/Inas or BBS.

National level

The ASA/British Swimming run mainstream Swimming Championships that are inclusive of swimmers with a disability who hold a current national or international classification for functional, visually impaired or intellectual disability (S1-S14).

In addition, in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, British Swimming run two National Pan-Disability events a year which include the Open SC Swimming Championships and the Junior and Youth National Swimming Championships as well as the British International Disability Swimming Championships.

International

Major International championships are governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Swimmers are selected based on their performances against current British Para-Swimming selection policies. For current policies click here.

In addition, British Para-Swimmingrun an international swimming competition annually and in partnershipwith English Ferederaion of Disability Sportalso run an open short course swimming championships. In order to compete swimmers need to hold a current national or international classification for functional, visually impaired or intellectual disability (S1-S14).

International Competitions include:

  • Paralympic Games
  • World Championships
  • Commonwealth Games
  • European Championships

The IPC swimming competitions can be found on their website www.ipc-swimming.org.

Impairment Specific Swimming Championships

Some of the National Disability Sport Organisation organise their own impairment specific swimming championships.

The National Disability Sport Organisations are:

Calendar of competitions

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