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Starting with the 2007 season, ASSA introduced Para-Swimming (formerly SWAD) events to its standard events list. This created an opportunity for swimmers with a disability to compete in ASSA competitions and advance to the Regional and Provincial levels in specific events.

Under these new regulations if a swimmer wishes to be recognized as a Para-Swimmer (swimmer with a disability) they need to be classified under the regulations of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Swimming classification system and be in compliance with all ASSA Para- Swimming Rules - see ASSA Rules and Regulations for further details



IPC Para-Swimming Classification

To compete as a Para-Swimmer within ASSA, swimmer's must meet all the eligibility requirements set out in section 2.2 of the  ASSA Rules and Regulations

Swimmer's with a disability seeking IPC classification should begin the process by completing the Request for Classification Form.

Following this, there are three types of classifications that could be done depending on the athlete's disability:

  1. If the swimmer has a visual impairment then the swimmer will receive a form to be completed.
  2. If the swimmer has a cognitive impairment then the swimmer will receive a form to be completed.
  3. If the swimmer has a locomotor impairment then an in-person classification is required. 
    • Classifications for locomotor impairments take approximately 60 minutes and include both a bench and a water evaluation, swimmers should be able to do a 100m IM to be classified.
    • Swim Alberta schedules a classification opportunity each fall in both Edmonton and Calgary in conjuction with coach information sessions.

Additional information regarding para swimming can be found on Swimming Canada.


You can check to see if a swimmer has been classified by navigating to the Swimming Canada Para-Swimming Classification List.

Additionally, you can check to see if a swimmer has been registered with ASSA as a Para-Swimmer on this page.



Para-Swimming Events

ASSA currently offers the following PARA-Swimming Events:

  • 50 Freestyle
  • 100 Freestyle
  • 100 Backstroke
  • 100 Breaststroke

For further information about Para-Swimming events please see Section 2.2.3 of the ASSA Rules and Regulations


Para-Swimming Results

Para-Swimming events are contested and scored using a standardized scoring system, in this way participants in different classification categories can compete against each other on a level playing field. ASSA supports this format of competition at the Regional and Provincial meet level.

ASSA Para-swimming results are included in the ASSA Swimming Results, however, at this point in time the results are displayed with times only (ie. no points).



Questions about Para-Swimming?

Please forward all questions to:

Swim Alberta
Attention: Kevin Dennis
11759 Groat Road, Edmonton AB, T5M 3K6
Phone: (780) 415-1780



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