Okanagan Para Swimming Centre

Is growing in the Region

Okanagan Para Swimming

is a program for children (18 and under) with physical disabilities and is part of the Aqua Awareness Program offered by the Vernon Recreation Centre. Older athletes with a disability have the option to register for private coaching.

The Program

Okanagan Para Swimming provides swimmers with a physical disability a high quality program and outstanding coaching in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Our athletes achieve both personal and performance excellence, in and out of the pool. Participants learn through the sport of swimming how to set goals and develop self-discipline while building self-confidence. The heart of the program is learning how to maintain a positive attitude while nourishing a focus on ability. Participants work towards the opportunity to swim at meets where both able-bodied athletes and athletes with disabilities compete together. We believe that we cannot afford to waste any of the potential within its relatively small pool of high performance athletes with disabilities. Talent development for athletes with disabilities begins as individuals master fundamental movement skills and apply them in their sport and physical activity settings. The basis of physical literacy and its development is especially critical for children with a disability and it provides the foundation for long-term participation and achievement in sport and physical activity.


Our training schedule in the Vernon Recreation Centre is open for swimmers throughout the Okanagan Valley. The 2017-2018 season starts September 21st. Training hours are:
Tuesday: 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Thursday: 3:30 – 4:15 pm
Saturday: 11:00 – 12:00 pm

Join the team

You can join the program by training once, twice or three times a week. For more information and registration, please contact coach Renate Terpstra by email or phone: 250 – 307 3964

Okanagan Para Swimming | Renate Terpstra

Canadian Paralympic Committee:

“A successful Para-sport system begins with increased awareness and recruitment of participants at the grassroots Para-sport level; a sport cannot have a Podium full of athletes without a playground full of participants.”