Para-Swimming Educational Opportunities

Chip Holland


USA Swimming is hosting online learning opportunities in June.
Foundations 1 Virtual Clinic: An Introduction to U.S. Para Swimming for Coaches, Athletes and Parents
Sunday, June 27, 2021, 8:00 p.m.
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Foundations 1 is designed to provide an introductory foundation to para-swimming for athletes, coaches and parents.
I n this session, participants can expect to explore:
  • Key roles of the USOPC and U.S. Paralympic Swimming
  • Distinctions between paralympics and special olympics
  • Basic constructs of classification, rules and exception codes
  • Levels of the Para-Swimmer Development Model (PSDM)
  • Competition progression with the PSDM
  • Basic training considerations
  • Coaching adaptations for athletes
  • What's next in pipeline progression
Coaching A Para Swimmer
Tuesday, June 29, 2021 - 11:30 a.m.
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Coaching A Para-Swimmer  is designed to provide coaches with a deeper understanding of the USOPC and U.S. Paralympics Swimming and how to move a para swimmer up the pipeline. This clinic will be presented virtually via Zoom.  All registrants will receive a presentation link on June 29, 2021 and a survey following the presentation. 
In this session, you will:
  • Discover the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games footprint
  • Examine the classification system, rules and exceptions by WPS
  • Identify aspects of preparing your athlete for a successful classification experience
  • Examine the Para Swimmer Development Model (PSDM)
  • Observe basic bio-mechanical swimming modifications/adaptations
  • Differentiate the technical progressions of a para swimmer
  • Identify strength & conditioning modifications/adaptations
  • Review recovery, nutrition, and travel hints for para swimmers
  • Compare a seasonal plan for overlapping commitments
A link to each zoom presentation will be forwarded to all registrants two hours prior to the start of the presentation. Registration will be taken up to two hours before the start of each session.
All participants, MUST register individually.  Please be sure to fill out all fields in the sign up registration form.  Sessions are designed for 60 minutes, however, the Questions & Answer session may run over.
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