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Competitive Swimming

For those who opt to compete, they may choose to participate in open and/or disability restricted events, governed by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) which incorporates the rules of FINA (international swimming federation).Depending on competition category swimmers may wear darkened blackout goggles. Blind/vision impaired swimmers may  use a tactile ‘tap’ warning to the head or upper body to help indicate approach at end of each lap of the pool. Allowances may be made in the rules for blind/vision impaired swimmers who may swim too close to a lane line to execute technically correct arm strokes or touches in butterfly or breaststroke.

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Recreational Swimming

Vision Sports Ireland currently has two swimming hubs where lessons are held specifically for blind/vision impaired swimmers. Our adult and junior lessons take place at Markievicz Pool in Dublin while we have another junior hub at Laois Leisure in Portlaoise. In November 2023, Cavan pop-up pool will host junior lessons in Cootehill.

For more information please contact Rosie Keogh at rosie@visionsports.ie

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Training and Education Opportunity

Vision Impaired Swimming CPD Course

This course will assist anyone who delivers swimming activities with support, ideas and guidance on how to include people with a visual impairment.


Vision Sports Ireland, Vision Ireland, Whitworth Road, Dublin 9.
Phone: 01 4056030   |   Email: info@visionsports.ie

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