First success for new FINA Swimming Coaches Certification course in Bogota (COL)

Development News

The first course of the new FINA Swimming Coaches Certificate Programme was held in Bogota, Colombia, on April 29-May 1.

Rick Powers, who gave the clinic, is an extremely experienced swimming coach. He has coached the National teams of six countries – Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil, Malaysia, Kuwait and Israel – and has given clinics in no less than 31 countries.

He presently is a consultant to the National Federation of the Philippines and organises swim camps in the country.

Powers reveals his impressions on this promising development.

1) How would you qualify this new programme? Can it be called a success in Bogota?
The new FINA Coaches Certification programme will be a huge success if the first session in Bogota is any indication. Initially, the organisers expected some 60-70 participants but were almost overwhelmed when 200 people signed up for the programme.

2) What is the objective of this programme in the long run?
The objective of this programme is to develop a universal terminology for coaches from all countries so they will be able to communicate more effectively, as well to impart coaching information and skills to coaches around the world.

3) Why do you think such programme may be important in the swimming world in general and for coaches more specifically?
In the long run this programme will be instrumental in developing a common language among swimming coaches around the world in terms of using similar terminology to describe energy systems so that coaches from different countries can communicate and understand each other better. In addition, the broad range of topics will help coaches to improve their knowledge in many areas, such as physiology, season planning, psychology, dealing with parents and technique issues.

4) What were the main topics discussed?
Topics covered in the Level I programme included basic physiology; how to plan a season using macro, meso and micro cycles; coach/parent communication; stroke correction exercises; motivation and others.

5) What practical issues (if any) will FINA have to tackle in order to improve this programme?
FINA needs to translate the material utilised and the test questions into the language spoken in the respective countries where the course is offered. The latest swimming DVD's should be supplied to the speaker so that they can be utilised during the course.

179 participants took the exam, all successfully.

Three other courses are planned in 2010: one in Zambia (ZAM) and in Penang (MAS) in September and one in Manila (PHI) in December.