Joining A Disability Swimming Club
Ideally, people with disabilities should be getting the same opportunities as non-disabled swimmers as part of a mainstream swimming club.
If you are at school go to our Under-16s section for more on disability swimming clubs.But there are also disability swimming clubs that specialise in training swimmers with disabilities. The choice is yours.
If you are serious about your swimming and want to compete then you'll need to be part of a mainstream club. Disability swimming clubs are for recreational swimming only.
Getting involved with a mainstream club can give you the opportunity to compete in disability-specific events plus you’ll get the support of coaches to guide your development.
Both types of club have a great social side. Here's what Paralympic medallist and world champion swimmer Matthew Whorwood has to say of swimming clubs for people with disabilities:
It’s great for making friends. When you’re part of a club it’s a great social activity out of the water. Some disabled people find it difficult to make friends or feel out of place. Clubs are great for helping people feel included.
Finding a Club
Here are a couple of ways to locate your nearest swimming club
- Go to our Pool Finder and check out your local pools. Clubs running from the pool can be found with the pool details. You'll find out the disciplines they offer and in 'groups' whether they offer opportunities for swimmers with disabilities.
- Contact your regional ASA office. They will have lots of information and can point you in the right direction.