Parapan 101: Swimming


Swimming is one of the largest and longest-standing sports for athletes with a disability. Para-swimming has been part of the Paralympics since the first official Games in Rome in 1960. There are several para-swimming competitions around the world, and the sport is governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC).

Rules for para-swimming are adapted from the International Swimming Federation (FINA). There are some differences. Para-swimmers can either stand or sit on a platform before diving in, or they can start their race in the water. Blind and visually impaired swimmers often have people called “tappers.” These tappers stand at the end of the pool and use a pole to tap the swimmers when they approach the wall, indicating when the swimmer should turn or end the race. Blind and visually impaired swimmers are required to wear blackened goggles, so they can compete at an even level with partially sighted swimmers.

Results from 2011 Parapan Am Games

You can click here to view the results of the men’s and women’s para-swimming events.

Venue for 2015

CIBC Pan Am/ Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, 875 Morningside Avenue, Toronto, Ontario.

Read our other Parapan 101 articles:

Parapan 101: Goalball
Parapan 101: Boccia
Parapan 101: Wheelchair Tennis
Parapan 101: Archery
Parapan 101: Football
Parapan 101: Wheelchair Basketball

Donald is a published writer, blogger and editor, web designer, Diamond Jubilee Medalist and aspiring podcaster/voiceover guy. His personal interests include faith, movies, music, reading, writing, chocolate, a good laugh and socializing.


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