FINA Swimming Coaches Certification


The purpose of this Course is to offer all Swimming Coaches around the world the possibility to be acknowledged as certified Swimming coaches and to offer recognition for the work they have accomplished. We would like 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.


PROGRAMME
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Date from Date to Country Fed. City Level Lecturer (s) Info
11-Apr-14
13-Apr-14
Panama
PAN
Panama City
1
Jesse Vassalo (USA)
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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 for the National Championships.

It has been developed from content from the United States, The United Kingdom, and Australia.

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 world-wide 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.

The content of this course was developed from a collaboration of the American, Australian and United Kingdom coaching associations and is presented free of charge to coaches, by FINA.

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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 it emphasis on the correct teaching or construction, of the strokes, and starting and turning mechanics. Both scientific background and practical coaching expertise are represented here, and there are explanations of both world class swimmers today and what they do, and specific instruction about teaching  young swimmers the techniques that will allow them to have success today and in the future.

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

The content of this course was developed from a collaboration of the American, Australian and United Kingdom coaching associations and is presented free of charge to coaches, by FINA.

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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.

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Through this programme, we want all coaches to be able to progress to the level of their ambition should it be National, Continental or World.

In 2011, priority will be given to the four development zones mentioned in the programme. Only Level 1 & 2 will be taught.

COURSE MATERIALS

The CDs of Level 1 & 2 materials have been sent to all FINA National Member Federations. A printed copy will be distributed to all participants.

EXPENSES

COACHES:

• Individual coaches will be responsible for their own travel and lodging costs for the duration of the three day courses. The host Federation will coordinate the local transportation and accommodation arrangements.
• There shall be no charge for the FINA Certification Course for the Coaches. The Certificate will be delivered at a cost of USD 30.00

THE HOST FEDERATION WILL COVER EXPENSES FOR:

• Organising the local transportation.
• Hiring a suitable conference room.
• Audio-visual equipment.
• Promoting the course within its country but also neighboring countries.
• Nomination of the Participants from their Federation, the nomination form should be sent to FINA two weeks before the course.

FINA:

• The FINA office will provide support funding to the local host to help defray costs for audio-visual equipment and related classroom expenses on site.

REGISTRATION

Any coach wishing to participate in one of our courses must be registered and entered by his/her National Federation. The Registration form will be forwarded to the National Federations and also available from the FINA Website, that should be returned to the FINA Office once filled out. Once confirmation of registration is received from the FINA Office, the National Federation may contact the Host National Federation in order to make all necessary arrangements.

CERTIFICATES

The FINA office will issue appropriate Certificates to each Coach that has passed the final test. The Certificates will be delivered through the coaches of the individual National Federation upon receipt of the payment of USD 30.00.

The payment can be made online here, or by a bank transfer to the FINA Official Bank account upon receipt of our invoice.

CONTACT DETAILS

Please contact the FINA Office for any enquiries you may have in regard to the FINA Swimming Coaches Certification Programme:

FINA Office
Phone: +41 310 47 10
Fax: +41 21 312 66 10
Email: coaches.certification[at]fina.org