Aquatics was first introduced to Special Olympics North Carolina (SONC) in 1974, making it one of the oldest competition events. Throughout the past 35 years, aquatics has become one of the most popular sports and a staple event at Summer Games.
- Aquatics Calendar
- SONC Summer Games Order of Events
- USA Swimming
- Special Olympics Quick Start Coaching Guide
- Special Olympics Coaching Guide
- Other SOI Coaching Resources
SONC offers competition in 28 different aquatics events, ranging in distances from 10 meters to 1,500 meters, and featuring all strokes (backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle).
Individual events are offered for all strokes, and relay events are offered to athletes in two of three levels. SONC offers walking and flotation events for athletes of lower ability.
SONC also offers relay events in the Unified Sports model, featuring athletes with and without intellectual disabilities (called Unified Partners) to compete together.
Athletes may select up to three events from Level 1, Level 2, or Level 3, but must stay within their level. Athletes competing in Level 2 or Level 3 events are eligible for on relay team event.
10m Assisted Swim
15m Unassisted Swim
25y Floatation Device
100y Individual Medley
100y/200y Individual Medley
Relay Team Events (Traditional & Unified Sports)
4×25/4×50 Freestyle Relay
4×50 Medley Relay
SONC Summer Games takes place in Raleigh typically the first weekend in June.
Many local programs host invitationals in the spring. Check out the listing of invitationals offered on this page. For programs looking to host an invitational, a suggestion for Order of Events can be found here.
Sport Development Team
These volunteers advise SONC staff regarding sport rule modifications, competition and also train coaches in their sport! For more information on the aquatics sport development team, contact one of the members below or the Sports Department.
Colleen Gillan, Aquatics SDT Director
New Bern, NC