Swimming, also known as aquatics, is one of the most popular sports in the world. Aquatics covers a great variety of swimming skills, from short sprints to longer events and relays.

Special Olympics swimming is a summer sport where athletes train and compete from January through June. 


General Information

The Swimming Fact Sheet provides general information on the sport’s background, popularity and statistics in the Special Olympics sports world.

The Official Special Olympics Sports Rules for aquatics shall govern all Special Olympics competitions. View the most updated Swimming Rules.

Article 1 provides general principles established by the Special Olympics Official General Rules that are not found in sport-specific rules. When there is conflict between a sport’s official rules and the general rules, the general rules in Article 1 will be followed.


Upcoming Events

  • Area 12 Swimming East Rutherford YMCA
    390 Murray Hill Pkwy
    East Rutherford, New Jersey 07073
    9:00 am – 12:00 am
  • Area 13 Swimming Mount Laurel YMCA
    59 Centerton Rd
    Mt. Laurel Township, New Jersey 08053
    1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Area 4 Swimming YMCA of Bucks and Hunterdon Counties, Deer Path Branch
    144 W. Woodschurch Road
    Flemington, New Jersey 8820
    4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Area 8 Swimming Ocean City Aquatics and Fitness Center
    1735 Simpson Ave
    Ocean City, New Jersey 08226
    10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Area10 Swimming Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center
    775 Talimini Road
    Bridgewater Twp, New Jersey 08807
    9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Coaching Resources

Special Olympics New Jersey strives to provide additional sport training to our athletes so that they are at their best when it comes time for training and competition. Please make sure to check back regularly for new and upcoming training resources!

Coaches are encouraged to use the resources below to be as prepared as possible for aquatics training and competition.

If you have any questions on coaching, visit our coach section for information.


Additional Swimming Information

Sports Registration Checklist

Read through and complete this checklist of to-dos before signing up for a local program.