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Aquatics In The Commonwealth Games

Aquatics consists of the disciplines of Swimming and Diving which have both been contested in every Games since they began in 1930 in Hamilton, Canada. Swimming and Para-Swimming are core disciplines at the Commonwealth Games while Diving is an optional discipline.

Since 2002 Para-Sport events for elite athletes with a disability have been included on the Aquatics programme with the events and classifications included varying from Games to Games.

Swimming is a core discipline in the Commonwealth Youth Games and must be included on the sports programme of every Games. Diving is an optional discipline for the Youth Games and has not yet been contested.

  • Core / Optional Core
  • Appearances In The Games 21
  • First Games Hamilton 1930
  • Most Recent Games Gold Coast 2018
Team Scotland’s Aquatics Medal Count:
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  • Total: 94
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Did You Know?

  • Aquatics is Scotland’s most successful Commonwealth Games sport ahead of Athletics and Boxing.

  • Peter Heatly is Scotland’s most successful athlete in Aquatics with three gold, one silver and one bronze in Diving, won between 1950 and 1958.

  • Edinburgh’s Royal Commonwealth Pool is the only venue ever to be used at three Commonwealth Games.

  • At Gold Coast 2018, Duncan Scott became Scotland's most successful athlete at a single Games with six medals in the pool.

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Competition Format

Aquatics (Swimming and Diving) is one of the most competitive sports at the Commonwealth Games.

In Swimming there are five individual event categories – Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley with distances ranging from 50m -1500m and the competition usually takes place in a 50m pool. There are 19 events for men and 19 events for women, plus six Para-Sport events for men and six Para-Sport events for women.

In Diving there are five events for both men and women: 1m and 3m Springboard, 10m Platform, Synchronised 3m Springboard, Synchronised 10m Platform.

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