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Disability swimming in manchester

Here in Manchester we understand the transformative power of sport, and how important swimming is to our city. Our commitment to swimming mirrors our investment in physical activity, welcoming record numbers into our Swim School and Education Swim programmes and offering free swimming to local residents 16 and under and over 60 to access and enjoy swimming.
This summer we’re also proud to welcome the Para Swimming World Championships 2023 to the Manchester Aquatics Centre, and as a city of ‘firsts’, this continues our tradition to lead the way when it comes to Para sport, having hosted major para swimming events including the prestigious Paralympic World Cup from 2005 to 2010.
Through committed investment into our world class facilities and people, we have developed a fully integrated para sport programme, with Manchester now home to the British Para-Swimming National Performance Centre at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.
Beyond the starter pistols and podiums however, Manchester remains committed to widening access and opportunity for our communities to engage and enjoy physical activity and movement. To dip their toe and have a go.
The Manchester 2023 Para Swimming World Championships provide the opportunity to not only a celebrate sporting excellence, but also to inspire future generations, challenge societal perceptions, and promote inclusivity.
Together, let us redefine the boundaries of possibility and inspire the world.

to find out about disability and para swim sessions in the city, check out the tabs below

Do you have a disability and would like to get into Para Swimming? 

Come along to a free taster session on Thursday 14 September or Thursday 21 September 4pm-5pm at Manchester Aquatics Centre, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9SS

To attend, participants need to be confident in deep water, swim on their front and back unaided for a minimum of 10 metres

All sessions are integrated into the City of Manchester Aquatic Swim Team and Disability Academy, led by Paralympic Swimmer Matt Walker MBE

If you would like to attend a taster session please contact

The Matt Walker Academy provides a place for swimmers with an intellectual or physical impairment who are looking to train in a club environment to improve their swimming.

This group will support swimmers who are eligible to progress through the classification process, providing the opportunity to compete at para swimming events at every level of the sport.

The Matt Walker academy sits within City of Manchester Swim Team.

Find out more here.

Better UK deliver an assortment of disability swim lessons and sessions from 1:1 sessions for those who need extra help to group classes for more confident swimmers.

Find out more here

Bambers inclusive Swimming is Occupational Therapy Led swimming based in three locations; Piper Hill School in Wythenshawe, Gorton Education Village and Peak School, Chinley.

They also run a session for deaf children.

Find out more here

The MC and NW Disability Swim Club takes place at Wright Robinson College on Wednesday evenings and is delivered in partnership with Bambers Inclusive Swim.

Find out more here

Seashell trust deliver an assortment of disability swim sessions including children’s lessons, 1:1’s, family swim, adult lessons and adult aquafit.

Find out more here.

Aquatic Life Swim delivers 1 to 1 disability swimming lessons working towards inclusion in group lessons as confidence in the water grows. We are a partner with Level Water.

Find out more here

Level Water provides part funded 1 to 1 swimming lessons to children aged 4-11 years of age with a physical disability, visual impairment or hearing impairment.
The aim of these lessons is to provide 1 to 1 support until a swimmer is able to join a group lesson/session of some sort to continue their development.
You can apply via their website here

As part of the Para Swimming World Championship legacy in Manchester, Institute of Swimming are launching an inclusive swimming teacher recruitment academy with a specific focus on increasing the number of disabled people in teaching.

How does the academy work?
As a participant in our Academy, you will receive fully-funded training which includes:
- SEQ Level 1 Swimming Assistant (Teaching) qualification
- Q Level 2 Teaching Swimming qualification
- Institute of Swimming Membership which includes over £100 worth of free e-learning.
- Practical volunteer placement
- Mentor to support the placement

Find out more information here