Para/Disability Swimming

Para Swimming

Para Swimming opportunities continue to grow, with a number of clubs acting as hub sites for Para swimmers.  Essentially this means that any swimmer can go along to these hub clubs and they will then be pointed in the direction of the most appropriate club environment.  A list of South West Assessment Hubs is available here.

All SW Club swimmers are able to access county training sessions in Cornwall, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Talent Identification Days

These are days where swimmers can be tested to see if they meet the criteria to become a Para Swimmer.  Click here for details of Talent Identification Days that are taking place.

To find out more about opportunities for Para swimmers, please contact Carl Cooper.

Need more information on how to become a Para Swimmer?

Click here to visit the Swim England website where you can find 5 steps to becoming a Para Swimmer.  

What is Classification? 

Classification provides a structure for competition, athletes competing have a competitive disadvantage due to their impairments. A system has been put in place to minimise the impact of impairments in sport performance and to ensure the success of the athlete is determined by their skill, fitness, power, endurance tactical ability and mental focus (source: British Swimming). 

Click here to visit British Swimming's website where you can read more about the categories of classification. 

Para-Swimming Workshops 2020

We are holding a number of Para-swimming workshops which will be targeted at either parents & athletes or Coaches.

  • Thursday 6th August 11am – 12pm Intro to Classification & Para Pathway (all coaches) Aim – Increase coach awareness and understanding of the classification system, process and stages of the para-swimming pathway from development into talent programmes
  • Thursday 6th August 430pm - 630pm Intro to Physical Literacy (classified athletes & Parents)  Aim – Increase athlete knowledge on how Physical Literacy is key to develop them as athletes, and what activities they can undertake at home to continue this key area of development
  • Tuesday 1st September 11am – 1pm Developing Physical Literacy in Para-Swimmers (assistant/level 1 coaches) Aim – Provide coaches with support and guidance to identify suitable Practices & Adaptations for the development of a Para-Swimmer
  • Tuesday 8th September 11am – 1pm Identifying Suitable Practices for the Development of Para-Swimmers (coach/level 2 coaches) Aim – Support coaches to identify areas of development using stroke analysis and to implement suitable practices and adaptations for the development of a para-swimmer

Please click here to download and complete the booking form in full to book on to one of the workshops.

Please return the completed booking form to 

The workshops will be delivered on Zoom so will require the use of a laptop, iPad or similar device.

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