Para swimming has only a few adjustments to the standard rules of swimming and includes events in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and medleys. Diving or water starts are permitted, and those with visual impairments can be assisted by the use of 'tappers' to make them aware of upcoming turns.

The majority of swim clubs in Canterbury provide an inclusive environment for Para swimmers to train as part of their squads.

There are a variety of clubs available for Para swimmers to join, including:

  • Aquagym Swim Club
  • Jasi Swim Club
  • QEII Swim Club
  • Viking Swim Club
  • Wharenui Swim Club
  • Selwyn Swim Club
  • Blenheim Swim Club (Blenheim)
  • Nelson South Swim Club (Nelson)
  • Tasman Swim Club (Nelson)

For a full list of Swim Clubs click here

In additon, ParaFed Canterbury offer extra coaching sessions for Para Swimmers who already are involved in regular club training.

Para Swimming - Club & Masters Sessions

Upcoming Sessions

Sunday 19 May10am - 12pmSelwyn Aquatic Centre

Felicity Lowen-Smith

Swimming provides opportunities to compete in Swim Club Meets, the Halberg Games, School Championships, New Zealand Age Group Championships, New Zealand Short Course Championships and New Zealand National Championships.

SCWC "Have a Go" Carnival
Sunday 16 June 2024
Taiora QEII Recreation & Sport Centre
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ParaFed Canterbury Swim Meet
Saturday 21 September 2024
Selwyn Aquatic Centre

ParaFed Canterbury works with local sports clubs and organisations to offer a range of Para sport opportunities to our members. In most cases members will require a classification before becoming involved in competitive Para sport.