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Identifying and teaching disabled swimmers

The Disability Swimming ID Toolkit is a resource to help swimming teachers, coaches, schools and parents with identifying and teaching disabled swimmers.

The toolkit has been developed by disability swimming officers from the home nations and is supported by British Disability Swimming. Who knows? You could be teaching a Paralympic swimming champion of the future.

About the toolkit

The aim of the toolkit is to help identify talented disabled swimmers at all levels and give them the chance to progress.

The toolkit includes assessment activities and times and provides standards for swimmers with varying levels of experiences and disability.

All assessment material has been separated into groups representing swimmers with severe, moderate and mild disabilities, with target times reflecting likewise.

The toolkit also provides important information on ‘what happens next’. There is information about conditions for classification and the classification groups within disability swimming.

If you are teaching an individual with a physical, visual or intellectual impairment please complete this form and we will be able to respond with appropriate information to help signpost and continue their development as a swimmer. For some swimmers this could be about how to access Start Para-Swimming Centre, Clubs or even information about the Para-Swimming Pathway. You can find out more about competitive Para-Swimming on the Swim England Competitive Hub.

Accessing the toolkit

The Para-Swimming ID Toolkit can be accessed via the British Swimming website.