Competitive Swimming For Parents

If your child enjoys swimming and wants to do more of it to get better, they could get involved with competitive swimming. They’ll get loads of help and support and could be Britain’s next Paralympic champion.

For those with the potential to become an achiever in disability swimming there is a structured talent pathway in place and a lot of support available.

There are swimming clubs that specialise in providing support for disabled swimmers called Hub Clubs, where your child's talents can be assessed.

  • We are always on the look out for talented swimmers. Go to the British Swimming zone to find out more.
  • Use our Pool Finder to track down your nearest disability swimming club. They are listed at the base of the main pool data page.
  • Contact the ASA in your region for local opportunities. You can find contact details here. Or visit the relevant Scottish or Welsh sites.
  • In our British Swimming zone you'll find useful links to a range of disability organisations' websites where you can find disability specific information.


Learn more about classification in the British Swimming zone here.This is the grouping of athletes in swimming to ensure there is a fair playing field during competition.

Your child will go through a classification process as a competitive swimmer that will assess his or her functional mobility with classes labelled S1-S15. These are defined:

  • S1-S10 Physical disability (eg cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, amputees)
  • S11-S13 Visual impairment ranging from no light perception to visual impairment or visual acuity of less than 6/60
  • S14 Learning disability for swimmers with an IQ of 75 or less with significant limitations in adaptive behaviour
  • S15 Hearing impairment with an average loss of 55dB or greater in their better ear
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