Multi Class Swimmers
Multi Class Swimming
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.
Please note State Open/Age Short Course and Long Course Championships are the only IPC approved swimming meets throughout the year in which world records can be broken. The world record must be broken in an Multi Class event and not in an able bodied event.