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

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    Southeast Region Aquatics Meet
    avr. 29, 2016
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    Osawatomie
    Kansas
    Southeast Region Aquatics Meet

    Join us April 29th at OZone Fitness Center in Osawatomie, 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

    avr. 29, 2016
    10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
    OZone Fitness Center
    412 11th St
    Osawatomie, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
  • avr.
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    Summer Training Expo - Bocce, Aquatics & Softball
    avr. 30, 2016
    08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Fort Worth
    Texas
    Summer Training Expo - Bocce, Aquatics & Softball

    On Saturday, April 30, 2016, the Greater Fort Worth area will hold a Summer Sports Training Expo for anyone interested in becoming a certified Special Olympics coach. Sports included: Aquatics; Bocce; Softball. No previous experience is necessary. This Level I training will focus on the basic skills and strategies of the sports. The course will include a classroom session, as well as a practical portion, so please wear athletic shoes and clothing that will allow for mild physical activity. Aquatics coaches, you will be in the water, so please be prepared.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Cheryl Bledsaw
    Email: cbledsaw@sotx.org
    Phone: 817-332-3433

    avr. 30, 2016
    08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    Resource Connection
    2300 Circle Drive
    Fort Worth, Texas
    UNITED STATES
  • avr.
    30
    East Aquatics Sectional
    avr. 30, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Neptune City
    New Jersey
    East Aquatics Sectional

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

    For more information

    avr. 30, 2016
    9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    Neptune Aquatics Center
    Neptune City, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
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