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
    20
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament
    Feb 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Twp.
    Michigan
    Southeast Regional Basketball Tournament

    Want to experience basketball competition in its purest form? Come to Waterford Mott High School in Waterford Twp., Michigan on February 20th to cheer on our athletes as they leave it all out there on the playing field. Be a fan of the Special Olympics and help us promote the joy of sports. For more details please use the contact information below.

    For more information
    Contact: Rick Brady
    Email: brady1rp@cmich.edu
    Phone: 248-688-9603

    Feb 20, 2016
    8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Waterford Mott High School
    1151 Scott Lake Rd
    Waterford Twp., Michigan
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    20
    Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, Seaside
    Feb 20, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Seaside Heights
    New Jersey
    Law Enforcement Polar Bear Plunge, Seaside

    Are you ready to get freezin' for a reason? The Polar Bear Plunge at Seaside is our biggest Plunge of the year. Last year's Plunge at Seaside saw nearly 6,000 Plungers dip themselves into the icy Atlantic! Want to join the fun and make a difference for more than 25,000 athletes of Special Olympics New Jersey? Visit the website to register or donate. See you there!

    For more information
    More Details
    Email: letr@sonj.org

    Feb 20, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Beachfront between Sumner and Blaine Ave.
    Seaside Heights, New Jersey
    UNITED STATES
  • Feb
    25
    Area 7 Basketball Tournament
    Feb 25, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    West Columbia
    South Carolina
    Area 7 Basketball Tournament

    Join us February 25th at Airport High School in West Columbia, South Carolina as schools from Lexington School Districts 1-5 and Richland 2 will come together to compete in individual skills, team skills, 3x3 traditional and Unified, and 5x5 traditional and Unified basketball competition. Come and cheer on our athletes and witness the power of sports.

    For more information

    Feb 25, 2016
    9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    Airport High School
    1315 Boston Ave
    West Columbia, South Carolina
    UNITED STATES
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