Melissa Stiner

Updates from Around USA Swimming

Jan. 20, 2022


Free Virtual Para Swimming Clinics for Athletes, Coaches and Parents

  US Para Swimming is offering two free, virtual (via Zoom) Para Swimming Clinics for athletes, coaches, and parents.  These clinics will provide a great opportunity to learn more about the sport and swimmers with disabilities. The one-hour clinics will be Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, at:

 3:30 PM (PST) Foundations Clinic:  An Introduction to Para-Swimming; and

 5:00 PM (PST)  Coaching the Para-Swimmer.

  The first clinic is intended to help attendees to:

• Discover the roles of the USOPC and U.S. Paralympics Swimming

• Identify distinctions of U.S. Paralympics and Special Olympics

• Describe the basic of classifications, rules, and exceptions

• Compare the levels of the Para Swimmer Development Model (PSDM)

• Compare the competition progression associated with the PSDM

• Compare & contrast training considerations

• Utilize basic biomechanical modifications/adaptations for athletes with

physical, visual and/or intellectual disabilities.

  Both clinics will be taught by Peggy Ewald, a consultant for U.S. Paralympics Swimming and a coach with Team USA's Para Swim team at four Paralympic Games.  Her intent is to share information on how para swimmers and coaches can connect and move forward in the sport.

  Registration is via these links is required:



  Ms. Ewald will also be offering in-person clinics on these same topics in Florida on Saturday, Mar. 12, 2022.  More information and resources on para-swimming can be found at: