​​Calgary Dolphins Swim Club

The competitive side promotes a focus on endurance building, skill refinement and stroke enhancement through a combination of auditory, kinesthetic and visual coaching. Swimmers will gain the knowledge in the 4 competitive strokes to reach new personal successes in a fun and positive environment. 

The Club is a member of Swim Alberta and competes with other Swim Alberta affiliated swim clubs. The training program is modeled after the methodologies used in a research initiative of Amanda Casey, a Doctorial student with the University of Calgary, Kinesiology Department.

The study, involving thirty participants, showed that with appropriate training methods, people with Down syndrome have the ability to train and achieve a high standard of performance if the opportunity is provided.


Learn to swim is our developmental stream that improves swimmer confidence and comfort in the water while introducing and strengthening the fundamental skills required in swimming. This hands on learning atmosphere focuses on  giving swimmers the tools required to transition into the 4 competitive swimming strokes. 

Learn To Swim

*Please note - the Calgary Dolphins Swim Club has an eligibility age of 10 years and old​er

The Calgary Dolphins swim club was established in 2005 to provide youths and adults with Down syndrome the opportunity to swim the 4 competitive strokes.

  • Butterfly 
  • Back Stroke
  • Breast Stroke
  • Freestyle

The Model


Our swim club is a parent run, not-for-profit organization.

The Club provides a competitive training environment, appropriately modified to meet each swimmer's unique abilities and challenges, to ensure each swimmers’ success.

Lower Swimmer : Coach ratios ensure each swimmer can reach their optimum potential.

The Calgary Dolphins Swim Club supports a Learn to Swim and Competitive Training program for youths and adults with Down syndrome.

The Dolphins