If you are a swimmer with a disability who has not considered taking part in competitive swimming, why not start now?
Swimming is also a great way to have fun, keep fit and learn new skills!
We offer ‘Learn to Swim’ and ‘Improver’ classes through the Runnymede Swim School. Swimmers who want to progress to competitive swimming then move into the most suitable Runnymede Swimming Club Squad.
We provide an inclusive environment for swimmers with disabilities to train alongside the mainstream squads and take part in the club’s social activities. We also offer competitive opportunities and provide information and support on swimming competitively at disability galas/para-swimming.
Runnymede Swimming Club has wheelchair access to the pool, as well as accessible parking and accessible changing room facilities. Runnymede Swimming Pool also has a hoist for entry and exit, in and out of the pool, if required. If you would like further information, advice or support regarding disability swimming from the Runnymede Swimming Club, please contact us by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
4 available sessions – 5 hours per week
All swimmers of the SwimAbility Squads take part in disability galas around the region and throughout England. In addition, SwimAbility Squad members compete in mainstream galas where appropriate to their times.
For swimmers with learning disabilities, we are affiliated with Special Olympics Essex. This provides more opportunities to take part in Special Olympics galas around the country and internationally. Special Olympics Essex is part of the Special Olympics GB and worldwide organisation. If you would like more information about Special Olympics, email: email@example.com
Runnymede Swimming Club operates in accordance with the ASA Child Protection and Equal Opportunities Policies. It also operates a Code of Conduct for all its members and personnel.
Para Swimming Classification
Classification is the grouping of swimmers with like ability to ensure that there is a fair playing field. Classification is vital for those swimmers wishing to pursue a pathway in competitive swimming. Each impairment group has a different range of numbers that is summarised in the table below, each number is given a prefix. S denotes the class for Freestyle, Backstroke and Butterfly events. SB denotes the class for breaststroke events and SM denotes individual medley.
Outline of Swimming Classifications
|Physical Disability||S1/SB1/SM1||Most Severe Physical Impairment|
|S10/SB10/SM10||Least Severe Physical Impairment|
|Visual Impairment||S11/SB11/SM11||Little or no vision|
|S12/SB12/SM12||Visual acuity of up to 2/60 and/or a visual field of less than 5 degrees|
|S13/SB13/SM13||Visual acuity above 2/60 up to 2/60 and/or a visual field of more than 5 degrees and less than 20 degrees|
|Intellectual Disability||S14/SB14/SM14||IQ of 75 or lower|
There are different processes for classification for different disability groups. Watch this video to find out how physical classifications are carried out.
Classification provides a structure for competition. Athletes competing in Paralympic sports have an impairment that leads to a competitive disadvantage in sport. Consequently, a system has to be put in place to minimise the impact of impairments on sport performance and to ensure the success of an athlete is determined by skill, fitness, power, endurance, tactical ability and mental focus. This system is called classification.
Ten eligible impairments
There are ten different types of impairments:
- Impaired muscle power
- Impaired passive range of movement
- Loss of limb or limb deficiency
- Leg-length difference
- Short stature
Once classified, swimmers are allocated an Athlete Classification Status
Where a swimmer is allocated a classification (S1-S14) they will also be allocated relevant exception codes.
- Click here for further information about eligibilty criteria – Para-Swimming Eligibility Criteria
To be classified with a physical impairment, a swimmer’s functional mobility is assessed by World Para Swimming trained classifiers.
The process involves a physical test, technical test and observation in competition, during which time a swimmer’s classification will be determined along with the identified stroke exceptions applicable to the individual.
A minimum of two classifiers form a classification panel consisting of a medical classifier (a doctor or physiotherapist), who will have undertaken the British Para-Swimming classifier training, and a technical classifier (a swimming coach).
- Click here to e-mail us for more information on how to become a classifier.
In the first instance, swimmers will need to obtain a British Swimming classification and then as they progress along the elite pathway may be put forward for an international classification.
- Physical Classification Application Form
- Physical Classification Application Form in Larger Font
- Physical Classification Process
Swimmers with a visual impairment range from blind to visually impaired.
When testing is undertaken, the classification is allocated based upon sight in best eye with best correction.
Sight classifications are processed by British Blind Sport.
Swimmers with an intellectual impairment have to meet the eligibility criteria.
There are two levels of II classification in GBR: UKSA and Inas.
For more information on any of these processes or systems please contact the Classification Coordinator on 0161 244 5332 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The following links take you to the Amateur Swimming Association and East Region website sections for Disability Swimming and will provide you with information on their policies and insights into the sport for disabled athletes…