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We are a global organization with programs in 170 countries. This site may be customized by language and geographic region.

Swimming

Special Olympics swimming is popular world wide. Stay up to date with swimming news, events and competition results on this page. You'll find links to coaching resources, too. It's all here.

Popular Worldwide

Swimming is one of the most popular sports in world. Unlike other sports, swimming is a life skill that is taught, first, to ensure safety and, secondly, for sports and competition purposes. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays. And the Aquatics coaching guide (below) gives coaches advice and approaches to successfully coach swimmers of all abilities, from strong, fast competitors to swimmers who find it hard to swim at all.

About This Page

Special Olympics focuses on the individuality of each athlete so that coaches can train and encourage growth in skills and accomplishment. The coaching materials, rules and other resources on this page have been specially prepared for coaches working with people with intellectual disabilities. Coaching Special Olympics athletes calls for the same skills and experience that many coaches are familiar with. The extra information in our coaching guides about working with people with ID is what makes our materials helpful and valuable.

Special Olympics has a growing number of athletes around the world taking part in open water swimming, a sport in which swimmers race in bodies of water such as lakes, rivers and oceans instead of pools. Read the coaching guide and see stories and upcoming events by visiting the Open Water Swimming page.
Special Olympics has a partnership with the Michael Phelps Foundation and has appointed the international swimming legend as a Special Olympics Global Ambassador. The Michael Phelps Foundation's signature “im” with Special Olympics brings water safety, recreational aquatic activities, and health, wellness and goal-setting instruction to Special Olympic athletes across the world. Learn more about the program

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Aquatics Events

  • Oct
    01
    2016 Area Aquatics Meet
    Oct 01, 2016
    07:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Cypress
    Texas
    2016 Area Aquatics Meet

    The Houston Area Aquatics Meet will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Cy Fair ISD Natatorium. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremonies begins at 9:00 a.m.. Competition beings at 9:45 a.m. and concludes by 4:00 p.m. Team/Athlete Entries Deadline: September7, 2016. As of 2015, any athlete who does not have an active medical prior to competition entry deadline, will be scratched from the competition. No exemptions will be made. This will include any athlete whose medical expires prior to competition.

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    Oct 01, 2016
    07:30 AM - 04:00 PM
    Cy Fair ISD Natatorium
    10700 Fry Road
    Cypress, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • Oct
    14
    State Fall Classic
    Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016
     
    Carencro
    Louisiana
    State Fall Classic

    Join us October 14th-16th at Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center in Carencro, LA as our athletes compete and show their skill in Aquatics, Horseshoes, and Softball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.This is an event for all Areas. Sign up today to play, coach, or volunteer for this event.

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    Oct 14, 2016 - Oct 16, 2016
     
    Pelican Park/Robicheaux Center
    Carencro, Louisiana
    UNITED STATES
  • Apr
    23
    North Aquatics Sectional
    Apr 23, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Wayne
    New Jersey
    North Aquatics Sectional

    Join us as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

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    Apr 23, 2017
    09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Passaic County Technical Institute
    Wayne, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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