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Disability Swimming Organizations

Disability Swimming Web Resouces and Organizations

The Montana Swimming disability swimming chair is Susan Huckeby. The Diveristy, Equity and Inclusion Chair is combined with the Disability Chair position.

USA Swimming Disability contacts are:

Tina Dessart, USA Swimming Staff Liaison for the Disability Swimming Committee

Jim Peterfish,  Committee Chair

Web Resources:

USA Swimming -- disability swimming webpage

USA Down Syndrome Swimming website

US Paralympics Swimming webpage

Challenged Athletes Foundation webpage

Americans With Disabilities website

Coaching Communication with Deaf Athletes website

Accessibility Instruments Measuring Fitness and Recreation Environments (AIM FREE) Manuals


Disability Sport Organizations

The following organizations offer disability-specific swimming competitions. In some cases, the organizations also offer athlete development programs such as clubs/swimming practices, camps, and clinics. The international organizations conduct quadrennial multi-sports competitions analogous to the Olympic Games: (a) the International Parlympic Committee conducts Paralympic Games in the same years as Olympic Games; (b) CISS conducts the Deaflympics in the years following the Olympic Games; and (c) Special Olympics International conducts the World Special Olympics Games in the years preceding the Olympic Games.

International Governing Bodies

USA Governing Bodies

USA Disability Sport Organizations

International Sport Organizations

Disability Swimming Information

 U.S. Paralympics Swimming provides an avenue for athletes with disabilities to compete against athletes with similar impairments. U.S. Paralympics Swimming is a supplement to USA Swimming not a substitute for it. Swimmers will benefit from all USA Swimming and their local club has to offer including being a part of a team, regular local competitions, motivational standards and championship meets. U.S. Paralympics Swimming provides additional avenues to compete both nationally and internationally as well as clinics, camps, national team membership and support services, just like elite able-bodied swimmers.

In order to compete in a para-swim meet, an athlete needs to undergo classification. The classification process determines sport classes for the athlete which in turn provides a more level playing field in competition. There are 14 classes: 10 for physical impairments, 3 for athletes with visual impairments and 1 for cognitive impairments. Classification is most often conducted in conjunction with a U.S. Paralympics Swimming competition providing swimmers the opportunity to receive their sport class, experience classified competition and become acquainted with other athletes and coaches involved in the sport all in the same weekend.

The following link will assist you as you begin to 
explore para-swimming

If you have questions, please feel free to contact either Jamie.Martin or Queenie.Nichols