Swimming is an inclusive sport and this means that ensuring that both non-disabled and disabled swimmers have access to the same opportunities to participate. Whatever people's ability, every club, pool operator and swimming teacher wants to provide the best opportunities for swimmers.
The ASA/British Swimming website has plenty of information on disability and para-swimming, including:
Para Swimming: this term applies to swimmers with disabilities who are club members and competing at any level in disability events.
Disability Swimming: this term applies to people with disabilities who swim for fitness, recreation, rehabilitation, etc.
Disability Swimming may also be known as swimming for people with disabilities - both terms are deemed to be appropriate and it is up to the individuals to decide which term is preferred.
Talent ID toolkit
British Para Swimming provides a Disability Swimmer ID Toolkit to help identify the potential of swimmers with a disability and their ability level in order to signpost them to the best opportunities for their development. Developed by disability swimming officers from the Home Nations, this simple and straightforward resource can be used by schools, swimming teachers, coaches, parents and swimming coordinators. The aim of the Toolkit is not to simply find the most talented swimmers but to identify swimmers at all levels and give them the opportunity to access the disability swimming pathway and progress.
Kent Disability/Para Swimming
Two clubs in Kent are either dedicated to disability swimming or have strong disability swimming sections:
Our Disability/Para Swimming Manager is Kim Longland and he can give any more information you might need. We are trying to build up an effective committee to support both him and disability/para swimming in the County, but we do need your help.
Ratification of National Records
Click on this link to get up-to-date information on record ratification
ASA Para-Swimming Pathway Officer for the South East
ASA Para-Swimming Pathway Officers may visit individual swimmers on the Talent programmes in other regions to ensure efficient use of travel time and cost.
For additional information contact Carole Barough - ASA National Disability Swimming Manager or Tel: 07887 958523
For information on Kent Sports para/disibility swimming information, click here