Introduction to Swimming
- The Freestyle, which can be done over 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m
- The Backstroke, which can be done over 50m and 100m
- The Breaststroke, which can be done over 50m and 100m
- The Butterfly, which can be done over 50m and 100m
- The Individual Medley, which can be done over 50m, 100m, 200m and 400m
Individuals can also participate in a 50m and 100m Freestyle and Medley team relays as well as a 5km Open Water swim. However, apart from the allowance of an assistant to help you either at a start and end of a race, individuals are not allowed any floatation aids or assistance to swim. Although, individuals with visual impairments maybe allowed an assistant to warn them when they are near the pool wall. Additionally, depending on the organisers, some individuals in different classes may only be allowed to do certain events.
Eligible Impairment Types
Classification Classes including Cerebral Palsy athletes
- How their impairment(s) has affected them,
- How this has then affected their functional ability and abilities to do different swimming movements,
- Whether the effects of their impairment(s) is similar and can be classed as similar to a different individual with a different medical condition.
As competitive swimming is open to all individuals, the classification system runs from S1 to S15 with ‘S’ meaning swimming freestyle, butterfly and backstroke, where individuals may also get a ‘SB’ classification code if they are do the breaststroke.
For individuals with physical impairments, individuals will be classed anywhere between a S1 to S10 (SB1 to SB10 for breaststroke), where they will be given a lower classification if their impairment effects them to swim more and a higher classification if their impairment effects them less.