Welcome To Special Olympics International!

We are a global organization with programs in over 220 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 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

  • may.
    01
    Central Aquatics Sectional
    may. 01, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Hightstown
    New Jersey
    Central Aquatics Sectional

    Come and cheer on our athletes as they demonstrate their courage and determination during a day of aquatics competition.

    For more information

    may. 01, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    The Peddie School
    Hightstown, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • may.
    01
    Metro Region Aquatics
    may. 01, 2016
    12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Kansas City
    Kansas
    Metro Region Aquatics

    The Metro Region Aquatics Competition will be held at the Turner Aquatics Center. Join us May 1st at Turner Aquatics Center in Kansas City, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    may. 01, 2016
    12:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    Turner Aquatics Center
    2211 S 55th St
    Kansas City, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • may.
    21
    South Central Regional Aquatics
    may. 21, 2016
    12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Wichita
    Kansas
    South Central Regional Aquatics

    Join us May 21st at Wichtia Swim Club in Wichita, Kansas as our athletes compete and show their skill in aquatics competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Chris Burt
    Email: burtc@ksso.org
    Phone: 913-789-0337

    may. 21, 2016
    12:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    Wichtia Swim Club
    8323 E Douglas Ave
    Wichita, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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