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.
    06
    Pintler Plunge
    feb. 06, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Anaconda
    Montana
    Pintler Plunge

    The Pintler Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Be a part of the fun and register TODAY. All it takes is $100 in pledges and nerves of steel. Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Montana.

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    Contact: Special Olympics Montana
    Email: tsappington@somt.org
    Phone: 406-216-5327

    feb. 06, 2016
    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Silver Lake
    Anaconda, Montana
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    06
    Penguin Plunge
    feb. 06, 2016
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Whitefish
    Montana
    Penguin Plunge

    The Penguin Plunge is a unique opportunity for individuals, organizations and businesses to support Special Olympics Montana by taking an icy dip into freezing waters. Be a part of the fun and register TODAY. All it takes is $100 in pledges and nerves of steel. Presented by the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Montana.

    For more information
    More Details
    Contact: Special Olympics Montana
    Email: tsappington@somt.org
    Phone: 406-216-5327

    feb. 06, 2016
    11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    City Beach
    Whitefish Lake
    Whitefish, Montana
    UNITED STATES
  • feb.
    06
    Polar Plunge Topeka
    feb. 06, 2016
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Topeka
    Kansas
    Polar Plunge Topeka

    Come be a Below Zero Hero by taking the Plunge in the freezing waters. If the thought of getting soaked in the middle of Winter is sending chills down your spine, you can participate in the 5K strut or be a "Virtual Plunger" by visiting www.plungeks.org Breakfast for the athletes will be served starting at 9:30 A.M. 5K will start at 11 A.M. Plunge happens at Noon, and an after party will take place at 12:30 P.M.

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    Contact: Luke Schulte
    Email: schultel@ksso.org
    Phone: 620-408-4450

    feb. 06, 2016
    9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Lake Shawnee Swim Beach
    3300 Croco Road
    Topeka, Kansas
    UNITED STATES
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