U.S. Paralympics Swimming

Camps & Clinics

This workshop presentation is designed to provide an introduction and orientation to the para-swimming arena in the USA.  It's designed for swimmers with a disability, coaches, parents and anyone interested in the para-swimming community and how to support swimmers with a disability.

In this session, participants can expect to:

  • Discover the roles of the USOPC and U.S. Paralympics Swimming
  • Identify the swimming sport classifications, rules, and exceptions
  • Understand how to prepare for a positive classification experience
  • Examine the levels of the Para Swimmer Development Model (PSDM) to supplement the USA Swimming American Development Model (ADM)
  • Compare the potential competition progression associated with the PSDM
  • Discover basic sport class training considerations for para-swimmers 
  • Watch basic biomechanical modifications/adaptations video clips for athletes with physical, visual and/or intellectual disabilities
  • Identify basic support for a para-swimmer in training and competition
  • Discuss options for coaches and swimmers with a disability to become a part of the para-swimming community

This workshop presentation will be presented via a Zoom presentation.  You must register via the Signup Genius registration.  A link to the zoom presentation will be emailed to all registrants the day of the presentation approximately 1-2 hours in advance of the start of the session.   Please enter a valid email address in the registration to ensure you receive the zoom presentation link and be sure to check your spam folder if you haven't received the link.

March 26, 2023: Register here

May 21, 2023: Register here

August 27, 2023: Register here

Introduction & Orientation to Para Swimming: Foundations 1 Clinic
Designed for athletes, coaches, and parents. The swimmer is learning the basics of the sport of swimming. They may be working with a recreational facility for lessons or a club team as a new para swimmer, may or may not have competed, and typically not yet ready for classification.
- One hour classroom session / 45 minute pool session

Foundations Level 2 Clinic:
This clinic is designed for para swimmers who are progressing in the sport, training 2-4 times a week and competing with a team. The swimmer is developing skills needed to consider a year round approach and readiness to advance in the sport through skill competency and participation in regional para swim meets in addition to their regional team meets. These swimmers are nationally classified or seeking national classification.
- One hour classroom session / One hour pool session

Click here to be directed to the clinic registration site