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 will expand its signature “IM” with Special Olympics that will bring water safety, recreational aquatic activities, and health, wellness and goal-setting instruction to Special Olympic athletes across the world.

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Aquatics Events

  • févr.
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    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge
    févr. 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Roscommon
    Michigan
    Higgins Lake Polar Plunge

    The Higgins Lake Polar Plunge will take place on February 13, 2016 at the Gerrish Township Marina on Higgins Lake. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 2:00 p.m.

    For more information
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    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    févr. 13, 2016
    1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    Gerrish Township Marina
    Roscommon, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • févr.
    13
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge
    févr. 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Lake Orion
    Michigan
    Lake Orion Polar Plunge

    Mark your calendars for February 13, 2016 The 2016 Lake Orion Polar Plunge will be held at the Lake Orion Buffalo Wild Wings. Registration will begin at 9:00 a.m. The parade of costumes and plunge will begin at 10:00 a.m. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger.

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    More Details
    Contact: Andrea Rachko
    Email: rachk1am@cmich.edu
    Phone: 989-774-3911

    févr. 13, 2016
    9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Buffalo Wild Wings
    770 North Lapeer Road
    Lake Orion, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • févr.
    13
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge
    févr. 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Cheboygan
    Michigan
    Cheboygan Polar Plunge

    The Cheboygan Polar Plunge takes place Feb. 13, 2016 at Hoppies Tavern in Cheboygan. Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The parade of costumes will takes place at 12:30 p.m with the Plunge starting at 1:00 p.m. The awards and After Splash Bash will start immediately following the Plunge.

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    More Details
    Contact: Heather Fox
    Email: fox1m@cmich.edu
    Phone: 800-644-6404

    févr. 13, 2016
    11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Hoppies Tavern
    Cheboygan, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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