Multi Class Swimming

Multi Class swimming refers to the international structure of classifying a competitor according to their ability and therefore providing a fair and even structure for swimmers with disability.

Multi Class swimming events are normal swimming events with some minor modifications to the rules and regulations. 

In order to compete in Multi Class events, swimmers must have an eligible classification. Multi class events see swimmers with a range of disabilities from multiple classifications competing in the same race. Swimmers race against the world record time in that event for their classification. The winner of the race is not always who touches the wall first, but the swimmer who posts a time closest to the world record for their classification. Swimmers may be granted certain exceptions to the normal swimming rules in order to compete fairly. This allows for meaningful competition for all swimmers.


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