Here’s five facts about adaptive swimming:
- Adaptive swimming has been a part of the Paralympics since their inception. Even when it first became a Paralympic sport, it was and still remains one of the most popular sports at the Paralympic games.
- Paralympic swimming is open to people of virtually all abilities and disabilities, including those with physical disabilities like blindness/visual impairment, dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injury/wheelchair-users. Swimming is also open to those with cognitive impairments, making swimming one of the most accessible sports in the Paralympics.
- A swimming club that offers experienced trainers in adaptive sports is a great way to begin adaptive swimming. Once you are able to compete in 15 meter swims, you can then attend an Emerging Swimmer meet and show off your skills in front of the Paralympic committee. Then, you can be classified into a swimming range.
- You must practice in order to become better. This might seem like an obvious point, but in order to become really good at adaptive swimming, you need to love it. Going to practice on a regular basis and enjoying your practice is key to enjoying your time swimming.
Getting involved in a local swim meet isn’t difficult and doesn’t require any classification. If you think you would enjoy adaptive swimming, visit your local YMCA or recreation center to see what types or trainers are available.
Disabled Sports USA, Accessed 7/22/2016
Team USA, Accessed 7/22/2016