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Disability Classification


Classification Eligibility Guidelines for Disability Swimming (S1-S15)

Classification groups S1-S15 are for those swimmers with a functional, visual, learning or hearing impairment.


S1 - S10 swimmers with a functional (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


S11 - S13 swimmers with a visual impairment

The range here is from blind to visually impaired (best eye with best correction)


S14 swimmers with a Learning Disability

Swimmers must have an IQ of 75 or less to meet the criteria


S15 swimmers with a hearing impairment

Any swimmer who wears a hearing aid in both ears will be considered

There are a number of conditions that do not meet the eligibility criteria as follows*:

ADHD

Aspergers

Asthma

Autistic spectrum

Cystic Fibrosis

Diabetes

Dyspraxia

Epilepsy

Haemophilia

Hydrocephalus

Obesity

Learning Difficulties

Scoliosis

Transplants


* Please note that this list is not exhaustive, however provides a guide

It must be noted that even those swimmers that have a condition eligible to be classified may still not be sufficiently impaired to gain a classification.


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