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.
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
- Find your nearest swimming club and contact them about getting involved.
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).
The ASA runs mainstream Regional Swimming Championships that are inclusive of swimmers with a disability who hold a current classification:
swimmers with a physical or visual impairment - national or international (S1-S13); swimmers with an intellectual impairment - Inas or IPC (S14).
The ASA also runs Disability Swimming Regional Championships that provide an opportunity for swimmers with a physical, visual, learning or hearing impairment.
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.
The ASA / British Swimming run mainstream Swimming Championships that are inclusive of swimmers with a disability who hold a current classification: swimmers with a physical or visual impairment - national or international (S1-S13); swimmers with an intellectual impairment - Inas or IPC (S14).
In addition, in partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport, British Para-Swimming run one National Pan-Disability event a year, the Open SC Disability Swimming Championships, which is open to swimmers with a current national or international classification, physical, visual or intellectual (S1-14).
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-Swimming run an international swimming competition annually - British Para-Swimming International Meet (BPSIM), which is open to swimmers with a current national or international classification: physical, visual or intellectual (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
If you are looking for a swimming competition please click here