Swimming Information and Services for People with a Disability
  7 November 2011

Swimming is a great activity for people with a disability. Swimming ACT and a number of local swim schools offer opportunities for people to learn to swim. Lessons will generally be one-on-one in the early stages and will progress through small groups and, eventually, squad sessions when the skill and fitness level warrants.

Just because you have a disability does not mean that you cannot participate in a whole range of competitions from club nights (many of our local clubs have regular club nights when all club members are welcome to attend and race, from those just starting out to international level swimmers) to local meets. Swimming ACT holds a number of development meets across the year and swimmers with disabilities are catered for along with other developing swimmers. And these meets are fun!

Our commitment: To ensure people of all abilities are able to access and enjoy swimming within the Australian Capital Territory.

Swimming ACT enacted a Charter in March 2010 setting out how we intend to meet our commitment.

 7 November 2011: Swimming for ACT People with a Disability Expo
The date for the 2011 "Come and Try" swimming Expo for people with a disability will be held on the afternoon of Sunday November 20 at the McGregor Pool, ACT 1.30pm - 4pm. For everyone who is interested, please complete the EOI form online or download the EOI forms in PDF or in DOC.

 20 December 2010:
Swimming for ACT People with Disability EXPO
For everyone who is interested, please complete the EOI form online by clicking on the link below or download the EOI forms in PDF here or in DOC here.
Online Expression of Interest Form

 31 August 2010: Toyota Paralympic Talent Search – Sunday September 19 at the AIS

Registrations are now being accepted for the Australian Paralympic Committee’s Toyota Paralympic Talent Search at the Australian Institute of Sport on Sunday 19th September.  The program aims to identify those who display the athletic potential to one day make it to Paralympic level competition and also to raise awareness of disability sport.  

Athletes with a physical, intellectual or vision impairment may be eligible for Paralympic sports. To find out further details of eligibility please visit the website http://www.paralympic.org.au/sports-and-classifications/wizard

For further details please see:

Bookings for the Toyota Paralympic Talent Search are essential. Please complete and return the registration form by Wednesday 8th September 2010.

For further information please visit

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 31 August 2010:

ACT Swimming Expo

The date for the 2010 “Come and Try” swimming Expo for people with a disability will be held on the afternoon of Sunday October 24. Further details will be posted shortly.

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 31 August 2010:

Learn to Swim Opportunities

Swimming ACT offers a program “Swim Program for People with a Disabiity” for those who would like the opportunity to develop water safety skills as well as learning to swim.  The Swim Program for People with a Disability (SPPD) operates during school terms only from a number of pools throughout the ACT.

Private lessons (30 mins) are provided by our qualified Austswim instructors at the following pools:

          Civic Pool                        Saturday’s

          CISAC (Belconnen)         Sunday mornings

          Cranleigh School             Monday & Wednesday afternoons after school

          Turner School                 Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons after school

          Malkara School                Thursday afternoon after school


(Lessons at Malkara & Turner schools are only offered to those students who attend either Turner or Malkara Schools)

The cost is currently $153 per school term, and is payable on enrolment or re-enrolment for each term.  Pool entry fees ($2.50) for swimmers are also payable for the Civic Pool & CISAC, carers are free of charge.

To enrol in the Swim Program for People with a Disability, please complete the re-enrolment form 15 November 2010 

or Enrolment form for new swimmers 6 September 2010 .

Within the Canberra region there are also a number of other swim schools offering swimming instruction who also cater for swimmers with disabilties.  Details of these swim schools are as follows:

Swim School and Suburb


Email Address

Aqua Calwell


(02) 6292 4900


Aqua Harmony


(02) 6232 5144


Carol’s Swim School


(02) 6295 1938


Club Swim


(02) 6251 7888


Dickson Aquatic Swim School


(02) 6247 2972




(02) 6278 7868


Young’s Swim School


(02) 62310765


Should you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Swimming ACT office on 62574837.

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 31 August 2010:

Australian Paralympic Committee, ACT Branch

The Australian Paralympic Committee is providing coaching in swimming for children aged between 8 and 10 years old with Physical Disability (Cerebral Palsy, Spinal injured, Amputees), Vision Impairments and achondroplasia, multiple sclerosis and arthrogryposis. To join the group, children have to be able to swim at least 25m freestyle, 25m backstroke and 25m breaststroke. 

The training sessions are conducted at the Macgregor swimming pool (Chalmers Place, Macgregor, ACT).

Sessions are held two times per week on Wednesday and Friday from 7am to 7.45am.

Cost: $45 per month

For assessment contact:

Yuriy Vdovychenko

Coordinator, Development Projects

Australian Paralympic Committee

Ph: 0401 435 376

Email: yuriy.vdovychenko@paralympic.org.au


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 31 August 2010:

Classification Information

Classification is a term used frequently when referring to Paralympic Sport. It forms the structure for all  Paralympic competition. Classification groups athletes with similar levels of functional ability into classes for equivalent competition.


Athletes who belong to six different disability groups can compete in Paralympic sports: amputees, cerebral palsy, vision impairment, spinal cord injuries, intellectual disability and a group which includes those that do not fit into the aforementioned groups (“les Autres”). These athletes have different impairments in the way their body structures and functions work, that leads to a competitive disadvantage in non-Paralympic sport.

All Paralympic sports have individual classification systems that have identified the key skill areas that are critical to performance of their particular sport. Classification is based on specific functional abilities as related to individual sporting performance.

Classification Process 

To determine an athlete’s classification for a sport, a group of officials, known as classifiers, assess the athlete to determine how their impairment influences their sport ability, regardless of their level of training or development.  The following components generally form the basis of the evaluation process.


Medical, Visual or Cognitive testing - An examination to ascertain the extent that the athlete’s impairment has on their potential function.


Demonstration of sport skills - The athlete demonstrates techniques used in their sport. For example athlete demonstrates dribbling and shooting skills for Wheelchair basketball; or stroke technique in Swimming.


Visual review during competition - The analysis of the athlete during competition.



How Do I Become Classified?

APC Classification website

For further information, visit the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) website

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 31 August 2010:

Multi Disability Sport Organisation Links

Australian Blind Sports Federation

Australian Paralympic Committee

The Association of Disability Sports, Cerebral Palsy Sports and Recreation Federation of Australia, Wheelchair Sports Australia


Deaf Sports Australia

Sport and Recreation Services ACT

Special Olympics ACT Region

Transplant Australia - ACT

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