How to become a Para Swimmer
4 steps for getting started in para-swimming
Do you want to know more about getting started in para-swimming? Or maybe you have your heart set on becoming a para-swimmer in Manitoba?
Read on to find out how you can achieve your dream.
Getting started in a para-swimming in Canada
There are four key steps on the pathway to becoming a para-swimmer.
Many of Canada’s top Paralympic swimmers will have taken these steps on their journey to the top of the sport.
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Find a club to train and compete with like-minded swimmers and para-swimmers
Apply for classification to compete in regional, national and international competitions.
Set yourself goals and work hard with your coach to reach them.
Get in Touch
Not sure what level of para-swimmer you are, or even if you qualify as a para-swimmer? Let us help you!
Whether you’re a recreational swimmer, a complete newcomer to the sport (or to the pool!), or already at a club, we can help you.
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be back in touch with specific advice to help you take the next step forward.
Find A Club
Club coaches will give you specific advice and coaching to improve your swimming. There are also huge benefits to training with like-minded swimmers and being part of a team.
Swimmers with disabilities are encouraged to join nearly all mainstream clubs – head to our Find A Club page to find out more.
You’ll need to be classified to swim in any competitions in Canada as a para-swimmer. Your times will be compared to other swimmers in your class, or you will score a points total, based on your performance relative to the world record in your class.
Head to our para-swimming classification page for more information.
Set Your Goals
An important part of progress for anything in life is setting goals and working hard to reach them. You might already know that your goal is to compete at the Paralympic Games – but what is the first step on that journey?
Why not download the qualification times for the next Paralympic Games, put them on your wall, and use them as motivation every time you get up for swimming practice? Then get plenty of competitive experience as you build up to these standard.
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