One swim stroke at a time...
40 years of helping children and adults with disabilities
Abilities United Aquathon is a swim relay where each team swims as many laps as they can in 30-minutes.
During the relay, laps will be counted for each team. A lap consists of 25 yards in the large pool.
- Each swimmer will receive an Aquathon commemorative gift.
- Teams consist of 6 to 8 swimmers.
Swimming for all
- You may switch swimmers after a single 25-yard lap or after two 25-yard laps.
- Swimmers should swim in the same order throughout the race. If someone drops out, the order is simply shortened by a person.
- All swim strokes are allowed.
- A lap is completed when the swimmer touches the wall with one hand. That is the signal for the next swimmer to begin.
- The number of laps completed will be marked off at the end of each heat, and partial quarter lengths will be added to the total to determine the winners of “most laps” award.
- Teammates may assist swimmers to climb out of the pool.
- Running starts are not allowed.
- Diving starts are not allowed on the shallow end of the large pool or anywhere in the shallow pool.
Heats and lanes
- Heat and lane assignments are made a few days before the Aquathon and are posted at the event.
- Lane numbers are posted on lap counters’ chairs.
- Each team must check-in with their lap counter at 10 minutes before the starting time for their heat.
- Corporate sponsors get first choice of heat times and lanes.
- Flotation devices (inner tubes, rafts, etc.) are encouraged if needed.
- Swimmers whose teams are racing or competing by time may not wear fins.
- Teams may place their own towels at each end of the lane for better traction.
- Participation medals are given to children (18 and younger).
- Awards will be given for:
- Top Corporate Fundraising Team
- Top Community Fundraising Team
- Top 3 Fundraising Individuals
- Top 3 Teams with Most Laps Completed
- Spirit Award