Swimming Classification

What are the classes?
S/SB/SM 1-10:  Swimmers with a physical impairment are examined in areas such as muscle strength, movement co-ordination, joint range of movement and/or limb length.  During classification, swimmers are required to perform a practical water session, performing all strokes and are then assessed on their ability. The higher the number of the class, the lower the impairment, eg. class 1 is for athletes with a severe impairment and class 10 for athletes with a minimal impairment.
S/SB/SM 11-13:  Swimmers with a visual impairment are classified into these three classes, according to the degree of vision loss. The lower the number the higher the level of vision loss, S11 is for swimmers with no sight, and S13 is for swimmers who have visual acuity less than or equal to 6/60 or visual field less than 20 degrees radius in both eyes with best corrected vision.
S/SB/SM 14:  Swimmers with an intellectual disability compete in one class.

How do I get classified?
Athletes should seek a classification in their relevant impairment type through the relevant organisations below.

Athletes with a physical impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by Swimming Australia and supported by the State Swimming associations. You can find more information at Swimming Australia or contact your State Swimming Association.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level Classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level Classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification, register at Swimming Australia.

Athletes with a vision impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by the Australian Paralympic Committee and supported by state based low-vision service providers. You can find out more information at Vision Classification.

For athletes who are unable to attend a face to face National Level Classification, there is a paperwork process for a Provisional Level Classification which will provide an indication of class until such time that they are able to attend a National Level classification.

To request a classification, complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

Athletes with an intellectual impairment:  Classification is managed nationally by AUSRAPID and supported by Swimming Australia. You can find more information at AUSRAPID.

To request a classification, contact at AUSRAPID.

If you are unsure of your impairment type or have multiple impairment types, complete the ‘Get Classified’ Form.

What do I require for a classification?
Athletes are required to provide evidence of their diagnosis to classifiers prior to the classification commencing. Generally this is written documentation from their doctor or specialist (for example a rehabilitation specialist, neurologist or ophthalmologist) that outlines their medical condition. Athletes may be required to provide additional test results or charts (for example X-rays, growth charts, MRI or visual field tests) to support their classification. Please check what is required for your impairment type prior to attending classification.

View further resources below:
– General information about classification