Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC)

Special Olympics Southern California



Because of the wide array of swimming events offered, it is appropriate for a range of ages and ability levels. Swimming competition events are based on a variety of strokes.

An athlete with Down syndrome who has been diagnosed with Atlanto-Axial Instability may not participate in Butterfly events, Individual Medley events, diving starts or diving.

Freestyle Events
  • 25, 50, 100, 200, and 400
Breaststroke and Butterfly Events
  • 25 and 50
Backstroke Events
  • 25, 50, and 100
Individual Medley Event
  • 100
Freestyle Relay Events
  • 4 x 25 and 4 x 50
Medley Relay Event
  • 4 x 25
The following swimming events provide meaningful competition for athletes with lower ability levels:
  • 15 Meter Walk
  • 15 Meter Floatation Race
  • 15 Meter Assisted Swim
  • 15 Meter Unassisted Swim
This sport is offered in the following locations:
  • Inland Empire
    (Central Riverside, Desert, Fontana, Mojave, Rebels, Temecula)
  • Kern County
  • Los Angeles & San Gabriel Valley
    (Greater Los Angeles, Long Beach, South Bay, Westside, Pasadena, San Gabriel Valley, Southeast Los Angeles, Santa Clarita & Tri-Valley)
  • Orange County
  • San Diego County
  • San Luis Obispo County
  • Santa Barbara County
  • Ventura County


All athletes and coaches are required to submit a waiver to participate in SOSC activities.
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