Para-Swimming is the parallel aquatic discipline for swimmers with a physical, visual or Intellectual Impairment (IQ under 75), has been part of the Paralympic Games since Rome 1960 and is one of the biggest Paralympic Sports in the World.
Our aim is to provide swimmers with an enjoyable, inspiring but effective training environment for them to be competitive at Local, Regional and National Competitions. For those who progress to higher levels of performance, they may target selection to British Para-Swimming World Class programme.
Para-Swimming is open to swimmers who have a condition which is eligible for classification set out through the International Paralympic Committee (IPC). Swimmers will be classified on their level of impairment and will compete against swimmers of a similar impairment level. Further information on eligibility and classes can be found in the classification section.
Becoming a Para-Swimmer doesn’t mean that all swimmers must train within a disability swimming club. Many Para-swimmers train within a mainstream environment, however, what is important is to ensure that the environment with which swimmers train is best suited to their level of impairment. Swimmers with mild or moderate conditions and with intellectual impairments, a mainstream training environment would provide a better suited training environment.
- For more information on inclusive mainstream competitive clubs please contact one of Swim Wales Regional Development Managers:
- For information on Swim Wales Regional Para-Swimming Academies, please click on the Academies section of this website
The Para-Swimming Pathway
The pathway diagram below highlights the stages that swimmers can go through in order to progress. If you would like to express your interest in Para-Swimming, please complete the form attached.