Swimming WA recognises the great potential for inclusion of people with disability in all aspects of the sport. That's why we are asking, "What can you do?"
There are many opportunities for participation in swimming for everyone. Not only can you join a swimming club and GO SWIM but you can also get involved in non swimmer roles. Below is some information that will help you answer the question, What can you do?
Join a swimming club and Go SWIM! Make friends, have fun, develop confidence and a skill for life.
There are many opportunities to coach and anyone with passion and dedication can take on a coaching role. The swim coach plays a vital role in developing swimmers of all abilities. Swimming Australia also offers a Coaching Swimmers with a Disability extension course for coaches wishing to expand their knowledge and experience. Information on becoming an accredited coach and the Coaching Swimmers with a Disability extension course can be found in the Coaches section.
Opportunities exist in swimming for anyone to learn to be a Swimming Australia Technical Official. There are many disciplines such as marshal, time keeper or referee. You could also become a Swimming with a Disability specialist. Find out more in the Officials section.
Volunteers are an important part of the swimming community. There are many opportunities to volunteer. From helping your local club fundraise or by lending a hand at competitions. You could even volunteer at the Australian National Championships and rub shoulders with our Olympic and Paralympic stars! Go to the Volunteers section to find out how.
What is Multi Class Swimming?
Multi Class (MC) swimming is a form of competition designed specifically for swimmers with disability. MC events are normal swimming events with some minor modifications to the rules and regulations.
In order to compete in MC events swimmers must have an eligible classification. MC events see swimmers with a range of disabilities, from multiple classifications competing in the same race. Swimmers race against the world record time in that event for their classification. The winner of the race is not always who touches the wall first, but the swimmer who posts a time closest to the world record for their classification. Swimmers may be granted certain exceptions to the normal swimming rules in order to compete fairly. This allows for meaningful competition for all swimmers.
Check the events calendar or contact your state swimming association for details about up-coming MC competitions.
For further information regarding Multi Class Swimming, please follow the links below: