How to Apply for Classification
Click on the link https://www.britishswimming.org/performance/para-swimming/classification/.
It is not as complicated as it looks!
Please speak to a Committee Member.
Disability Swimming Classification Eligibility Guidelines (S1 – S14)
Classification groups S1-S14 are for those swimmers with a physical, visual or intellectual impairment.
Classification Groups S1 – S10 Swimmers with a physical disability The following disabilities meet the eligibility requirements of the functional classification system*:
Achondroplasia (dwarfism) Amputees (including dysmelia) Arthrogryposis Brittle bones
Cerebral Palsy Legge-Perthes
Multiple Sclerosis Muscular Dystrophy Polio Spina Bifida
Spinal Cord injury
* Please note that this list is not exhaustive, however provides a guide to functional classification eligibility
Classification Groups S11 – S13 Swimmers with a visual impairment The range is from blind to visually impaired (best eye with best correction)
Classification Group S14 Swimmers with an intellectual impairment There are three eligibility criteria which must be met:
- An full scale IQ score of 75 or below
- Evidence of significant limitations in adaptive behaviour
- Evidence of age of onset before the age of 18
There are a number of conditions that do not meet the eligibility criteria as follows*:
Arthritis Aspergers Asthma
Autistic spectrum Cystic Fibrosis Diabetes Dyspraxia
Ehlers’ Danlos Syndrome Epilepsy
Learning Difficulties Scoliosis Transplants
* Please note that this list is not exhaustive, however provides a guide
It must be noted that even swimmers that have a diagnosis that meets the eligibility criteria for classification may still not be sufficiently impaired to gain a classification.