FINA Swimming Coaches Certifications

Coaches


The purpose of this course is to provide all swimming coaches around the world with the possibility to be acknowledged as certified swimming coaches and offer recognition for the work they have accomplished. FINA seeks to give the opportunity to all coaches to progress and have credit for their achievements. 

The course is open to coaches of all levels: from teaching children to swim to coaching elite swimmers. Any coach interested in becoming certified should contact their National Federation directly.


The expert lecturers of the courses are FINA-nominated coaches. The course content was developed in collaboration with the American, Australian and United Kingdom coaching associations.


The course is organised and coordinated by the FINA Swimming Coaches Programme Director, the FINA Coaches Commission, the FINA Office and the organisers (National Federations). 


LEVELS

The course is divided into three levels:


Level 1: the Foundations of Coaching

The FINA Level 1 Course is for coaches whose swimmers are participating in or aiming at the National Championships.

It is a survey course with significant chapters on biomechanics, basic swim training for new or novice swimmers through intermediate level age group swimmers, and all the fundamental coaching skills of educational skills understanding, communication skills for coaches, and developing philosophies and sport psychology that will allow athletes of all levels to succeed. 

This is the first required course in a FINA Series of Level 1, 2 and 3 courses that will allow coaches worldwide to have their education tested and receive a Certification in Coaching from FINA.

The FINA Level 1 course test must be completed in order to achieve FINA Level 1 Certification.


Level 2: the Stroke School Course

The FINA Level 2 Course is for coaches whose swimmers are participating in or aiming for Continental Championships.

It focuses exclusively on technique in the swimming strokes, starts and turns.

It is the ‘backbone’ of world-class coaching today, and puts its emphasis on the correct teaching or construction of the strokes, and starting and turning mechanics. 

Both scientific background and practical coaching expertise are represented as well as specific instruction about teaching young swimmers.

The FINA Level 2 course test must be completed in order to achieve FINA Level 2 Certification.


Level 3: Coaches for High-performance Athletes

The FINA Level 3 Course is for coaches whose swimmers are participating in or aiming for World Championships and Olympic Games.

Through this programme, FINA intends to enable all coaches to progress to the level of their ambition should it be national, continental or world level.


PROGRAMME



Dates: 1st sem. = 1st semester of the year (Jan-Jun); 2nd sem. = 2nd semester of the year (Jul-Dec)

Discipline (Disc.): DV = Diving; OW = Open Water; SW = Swimming; SY = Synchronised Swimming; WP = Water Polo

Category (Cat.): Co = Coaches; Ju = Judges; Of = Officials; Re = Referees; To = Technical Officials

Level (L): BA = Basic; IN = Intermediate; AD = Advanced

Language (Lang.): AR = Arabic; FR = French; EN = English; ES = Spanish; RU = Russian

tbc = to be confirmed


DOCUMENTS & FORMS

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