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People with disability

Multi Class Swimming

What is Multi Class Swimming?

Multi Class (MC) swimming is a form of competition designed specifically for swimmers with disability. MC events are normal swimming events with some minor modifications to the rules and regulations.

In order to compete in MC events swimmers must have an eligible classification. MC 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.


To let us know that you/your child is interested in getting involved in swimming please complete the Multi Class Swimming Engagement form HERE>> We will get back to you with more information specific to you.

Classification Cards

The Swimming Australia Classification Card is issued to swimming club members who have an eligible swimming classification. Refer to the relevant Classification Guide for details. The card is used to identify a swimmer's classification and any relevant exceptions to the swimming rules when competing in Multi Class competitions.

For more information on classification cards and to apply, click here.

Multi Class Point Score (MCPS)

The MCPS has been developed to provide a simplified way for swimmers and coaches to measure and compare performances. The MCPS is based on the world record (WR) times for each classification. The WR is allocated 1000 points. In 2010 the MCPS replaced both the DIPS and MDST and will be used for JX , YPS , and Team Selection. This provides a clearer path for classified swimmers.

Determine your point scores using the Online MCPS Calculator

The MCPS is used for determining results in Multi Class competition. 

Determine your point scores using the quick Online MCPS Calculator


Classification is used to place athletes of similar ability or function into groups for the purpose of competition. Classification in sport for people with disability considers an athlete's medical condition, physical attributes and functional ability to group them into classes. Classification is used in Australia nationally to ensure meaningful competition at all levels.

Swimming Classification Factsheet - A summary of the Australian Swimming Classification System

New Provisional Classification Process Guide

New Provisional Classification Process Additional Information

2018 Classification Dates

To book your place at a scheduled Classification, please contact Margaret Gregson on 0417 960 202. Please note bookings are essential.

If you would like more information about being classified and are based outside Sydney, please contact Sarah Koen.

Upcoming Meets

Please see the Swimming NSW Meet Championships and Meets Event Calendar on the home page and click on the MC Meet you wish to enter for more information.

2018 Swimming North Coast MC (Athletes with a disability) Information and Training Day

When: Sunday 25th March 2018 

Where: South Grafton Indoor Pool and Boyd Nattress Complex, 77-79 Cambridge Street, South Grafton.

Time: 10am – 2.30pm approx

For more information contact Lyn Connell, Development Officer – North Coast  by email to lyn.connell@nsw.swimming.org.au or phone 0410 014 356.

Further Resources

How to conduct a Disabled Swimming Event - A step-by-step guide to conducting multi-disability events. Including who can compete, special exceptions for different classifications, how the winner is determined and the processes for applying for a record. - updated 2012

Expressions of Interest for Potential Classifiers (Fact Sheet)

Disability Inclusion Tips from Swimming Australia


For further information, please visit the Australian Paralympic Committee website.


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