Aquatics is one of Special Olympics' original sports, and has been included in the Special Olympics World Games since 1968. Individual events are offered for all strokes, and relay events mirror those offered in other international swimming competitions.
For Special Olympics Texas, aquatic is a fall sport, with statewide competition in October at the Fall Classic. Each aquatics event is sanctioned by Special Olympics Texas and may be offered at local, area and chapter competitions. The actual events scheduled and conducted at local, area and/or chapter competitions will be determined by a minimum number of entries in each event.
Because it is easy to learn, aquatics is appropriate for a wide range of age and ability levels. Walking and floatation events are offered for athletes of lower ability. As in all Special Olympics sports, athletes are placed in divisions according to ability, age, and gender.
Athletes who participate in aquatics are able to improve their overall physical fitness through training and competition. In addition to improving their own skills, athletes also experience the benefits of being part of a team. This promotes communication, camaraderie and friendships.