Para-swimming features athletes with physical, visual and intellectual impairments. Events are the freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, individual medley and relays. A FINA (the international governing body for swimming) standard eight-lane 50-metre pool is required for competition at the Paralympic Games. Events are conducted in heats of eight competitors per class. The fastest eight swimmers per class compete in the finals.

Depending on their disability, swimmers can start in the water, from a dive start sitting on the starting platform, or from the typical standing start. Blind and visually impaired swimmers are required to wear blackened goggles and have an assistant (called a "tapper") to help (tap) them as they approach the pool end wall to make turns or finish the race.


Swim Saskatchewan
Marj Walton, Executive Director
2205 Victoria Ave
Regina, SK S4P 0S4
(306) 780-9238

The Parasport program is made possible through the financial contributions from the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust Fund for Sport, Culture and Recreation and is administered through Sask Sport Inc.