Since the first Paralympic Games in Rome, Italy in 1960, Para-swimming has been a feature of the Paralympic program.
Para-swimming is open to athletes with a physical, intellectual or vision impairment. The International Swimming Federation’s rules are followed with a few modifications, such as optional platform or in-water starts for some races and the use of signals or ‘tappers’ for swimmers with a vision impairment. No prostheses or assistive devices are permitted in the water.
For more information on Para-swimming Eligibility and How to Get Involved please see the Para-swimming Information Sheet (PDF – 147KB) – updated November 2021.