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Check out this link:  www.usparalympics.org 

Did you know that there are 21 million Americans with a physical disability? Shockingly, less than 10-percent of them participate in daily physical activity.  Nike and U.S. Paralympics want to identify and increase the number of persons with physical disabilities active in sport by making them aware of Paralympic organizations in their community. 

Adapted swimming is a broad term relating to swimmers with a disability. This includes common sense adaptations of competition rules (for example, not disqualifying a swimmer with quadriplegia for not moving his legs), inclusion for swimmers with a disability in all swimming organizations (club, YMCA, high school, college, etc.), official classification for fair competition, paralympic competition opportunities, and information support.

Swimmers with a Disability are Welcome to Enter Ohio Swimming Meets


  1. Enter the swimmer on electronic or the paper entry form;

  2. Provide advance notice of any necessary accommodations;

  3. List in the email with the electronic entry (or on paper) the swimmer’s name, entry times, strokes/distances and days/sessions  Preferred seeding is with the swimmer's same age group in either the same distance race or a longer distance race (i.e., 50 free during the 100 free).  Exceptions to this should be listed in necessary accommodations.

ELIGIBILITY:  Qualifying time standards at regular season meets are waived for swimmers with a disability.
All Ohio member teams may enter up to six (6) swimmers with a disability to the following meets:
1.  JO Championships (14 & under) - swimmers are not required to have achieved the JO qualifying standard for their age group/events.  However an approved time must be provided with the entry for each event entered at the JO meet.  Classification not required.
2.  Senior Championships - no restrictions on number of swimmers entered or time standard restrictions.
3.  Central Zone meet - up to six (6) para-swimmers are welcome on the Ohio Zone team without meeting the time standards.

Classification in swimming attempts to place individuals with disabilities into groups of comparable abilities and function. Quite simply, classification provides the structure which allows swimming competition to take place.

Classes 1-10 are allocated to swimmers with a physical disability.
Classes 11-13 are allocated to swimmers with a visual disability.
Class 14 is allocated to swimmers with an intellectual disability.

The prefix S before the class represents Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly.
The prefix SB before the class represents Breaststroke.
The prefix SM before the class represents Individual Medley.

The classes range from swimmers with severe disability (S1, SB1, SM1) to those with minimal disability (S10, SB9, SM10).

The Layman’s Guide to Classifications is particularly helpful and can be found on the following International Paralympic Committee website under ‘classification’:

For Ohio Swimming photo bookmarks, US Paralympic ‘seeking swimmers’ flyers, classification information, photo pocket folders, and reference cards listing adapted swimming resources on the web, please contact the Ohio Swimming Adapted Chair listed under the ‘Contact Information’ link on this webpage.  

As specified in the statement printed in all Ohio Swimming meet packets, 4 swimmers with a disability (2 in each age group) are welcome on the Ohio Zone Team without meeting the time standards. This is a great way to encourage and motivate young swimmers with a disability! More information on the Central Zone meet for Ohio Swimming is available on the following website: www.centralzones.org

Swimmers who are interested in participating in the Central Zone meet should contact their coaches and the Ohio Swimming Adapted Chairperson (please see contact information below) at least two months before the Central Zone meet. In the event that more than 2 swimmers with a disability in each age group are interested, the Ohio Swimming Adapted Chairperson will be responsible for selecting the 4 Ohio participants for that year’s meet. 




This Greater Toledo Aquatic Club site includes info on WaterWorks, a popular and successful swim program for kids with a disability.




Ohio Swimming includes and welcomes swimmers with a disability! Click ’adapted swimming’ on the home page for news, events, and pictures.




Select ’sports’ then ’swimming’. Find swim meets and learn how to qualify for national or elite team benefits.




Click on ’swimmers’, then ’disability’ for information




Check out the many awesome USA swimmers in the World Rankings and World Records of the International Paralympic Committee. This site also includes detailed information on international classifications.

E-MAIL: Would you like up-to-date news on adapted swimming sent your e-mail address? This terrific service is provided by Julie O’Neill, US Paralympic Swimming Manager. Just send an e-mail to be added to her list: julie.o’[email protected]

E-MAIL: Would you like more information on opportunities available to swimmers with a visual impairment?  Head Coach Jim Peterfish with the Westerville Aquatic Club and National Coordinator/Head Swim Coach for USABA would be happy to help you.  Please contact Jim at: [email protected]

For questions or comments, please contact the Ohio Swimming Adapted Chairperson:
Jim Peterfish
E-mail: [email protected]