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, Devon, 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. 

Annual Para Swimming Championships

Details of the Annual Para Swimming Championships have now been released and will be run in conjuction with the South East Region. 

This event will be held on Sunday 25th September 2022 at Hengrove Leisure Centre Bristol. 

The South West Region will be running a CPD for Officials before this event and anyone interested in this should contact Jill Beard on

Competitors from outside the South West and South East regions are very welcome to enter this event for the purposes of gaining competition experience and to achieve a time in a licenced event but will not be eligible to receive medals.

To be considered for classification swimmers must submit entries 6 weeks before entries close. Classification will be delivered at a different pool in Bristol. Swimmers will be sent confirmation of their classification slot in advance of the meet. Please note that there will not be an opportunity to change your slot unless there are exceptional circumstances. 

Click here to view the event conditions and entry pack. 


To view the minutes for the Para/Disability Committee Meetings please click here.

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