Para Swimming

Para Swimming is a variation of the sport of swimming with minor modifications to the rules that allows athletes with disabilities to compete against each other.

You might also see the phrase Multi-Class used frequently. This describes the system that is used in Para Swimming which allows people with varying disabilities to compete against each other fairly, using a series of classifications.


  • What is classification?
  • The Classification System

    There are 19 SWA recognised classifications, that fit within the categories below:

    Classifications 1-10: Swimmers with a physical impairment

    Classifications 11-13: Swimmers with a visual impairment

    Classification 14: Swimmers with an intellectual impairment

    Classification 15: Swimmers with a hearing impairment

    Classification 16: Swimmers with a transplant

    Classification 17: Swimmers in the participation classification

    Classification 18: Swimmers with a significant other impairment (eg. Down Syndrome)

    Classification 19: Swimmers with High Functioning Autism

    For more details on classifications, click here to see Page 10.

  • How are Multi-Class results calculated?
  • Multi-Class results are calculated according to a swimmer's classification. This means that the first person to touch the wall in a race will not necessarily be the official first-place getter.

    The Multi-Class Point Score (MCPS) calculator determines the results and official placing for Multi-Class events. This score is based off the World Record for their classification, awarding points to the competitor according to how close they are to the World Record. You can find the MCPS calculator under the 'Resources' tab below.

Getting Involved?

  • Where can I swim?
  • To find a swim club that suits you, you can start by using the “Find a Club” tool. All clubs listed are Swimming WA affiliated!

    If you’re looking for a disability specific club and a great, safe environment to start your swimming journey, Superfins WA is a club for people with disability of all levels. For more information, click here.

    Please reach out to Swimming WA if you need further assistance on finding a suitable club.

  • What can I expect?
  • Whilst it varies from club to club, after you’ve reached out to your selected swim club via email or phone, they will typically ask you to attend a Swim Assessment. As every club has a different number and different types of squads, this assessment lets them decide which squad is best for you to start in!

    If you feel comfortable, let your coach/club know a bit more about your disability so they can take it into consideration when deciding which squad would be the most appropriate for you.

  • Pathways and Opportunities
  • Pathways Graphic - MC


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