Open Water Swimming
Since 1995, open water swimming has been part
of the Special Olympics World Games.
The competitions do not take place in a swimming pool.
The competitions are in open waters.
For example, in the sea, in a river or in a lake.
The athletes swim 1.5 kilometres.
At Special Olympics, all types of swimming disciplines are allowed.
The athletes can swim
on their front or on their back.
Do the athletes need a break?
Then they can hold onto small boats.
In Unified Sports®, people with ID and
people without disabilities play sport together.
They also compete together.
The people with ID are called athletes.
The people without disabilities are called partners.
Is open water swimming a unified sport?
There are teams of people with ID.
And there are teams of people with ID and people without disabilities.
How many people do open water swimming at the World Games?
23 athletes and 11 partners.