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

  • feb.
    18
    Nutrition Seminar: Learn About Labels & How to Spot Hidden Sugars
    feb. 18, 2016
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    Lawrenceville
    New Jersey
    Nutrition Seminar: Learn About Labels & How to Spot Hidden Sugars

    Join us for the first session in this four-part Nutrition Seminar Series, hosted be Samantha Nuzio, RD from ShopRite/Wakefern. In this session, attendees will learn how to read food labels and avoid all of the unnecessary sugar. Open to all Special Olympics New Jersey athletes, coaches, family and friends. Reservation required!

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    Contact: Andrea Picariello
    Email: ap@sonj.org

    feb. 18, 2016
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    SONJ Sports Complex
    Lawrenceville, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    19
    Special Olympics DC-Power Lunch Plunge
    feb. 19, 2016
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Washington
    District of Columbia
    Special Olympics DC-Power Lunch Plunge

    Be one of only 375 people who will be able to “take the plunge” in the heart of the District on the lawn at the historic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square! Every Power Lunch Plunger will receive a commemorative and unique Polar Plunge keepsake. **Individuals must raise a minimum $1,000.**Teams must raise a minimum of $2,500. NOTE: Individuals or teams who fail to meet the minimum by February 17th will be moved to one of the other 2016 D.C. Polar Plunge dates/locations of your choice. With the rest of the plunges occurring after this date, those who don’t make their goal have 3 different dates to choose from.

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    Contact: Kraig Makohus
    Email: kmakohus@specialolympicsdc.org
    Phone: 202-408-2640

    feb. 19, 2016
    11:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square
    801 K Street, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    19
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge
    feb. 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Ann Arbor
    Michigan
    University of Michigan Polar Plunge

    Show your Wolverine pride! Take advantage of this rare opportunity to take the plunge in The Big House, the largest stadium in the United States that has stood strong since 1927! The University of Michigan Polar Plunge will take place on Friday, February 19th inside Michigan Stadium - The Big House Under the Lights. Registration will begin at 6:30 pm. outside of “The Tunnel”. The parade of costumes will take place down the tunnel and onto the field! The plunge will begin at 8:00 pm. The Awards and Post Plunge Party will begin immediately following the last plunger. This is a great opportunity for Special Olympics Michigan and the University of Michigan! We are partnering to provide plungers an experience of a lifetime in THE BIG HOUSE! Plungers will suit up like a Wolverine when they change in the locker rooms. They will also get the opportunity to walk through the tunnel and take the plunge ON the field, inside a pool.

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    Contact: Sarah Lesch
    Email: henry2s@cmich.edu
    Phone: 734-476-0701

    feb. 19, 2016
    6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    Michigan Stadium
    1201 South Main Street
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    UNITED STATES
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