1.1 There may be no more than one (1) clinic organised per member Federation, per year, as part of the FINA Development Programme.

1.2 Once a year, at the occasion of a Regional or Continental Competition, no more than four (4) clinics, either for coaches, judges or referees, may be organised. These clinics must be proposed by a Continental Organisation.

1.3 The minimum duration of a Clinic will be 5 (five) days and the maximum duration will be ten (10) days.

1.4 The exact dates of the Clinic must be communicated to the FINA Office minimum 60 days prior to the beginning of the Clinic.



Only one (1) lecturer per clinic, if possible from the same continent or region.

2.1.1 Travel:

FINA will provide the lecturers travel expenses (economy fare) if the Organising Federation does not.

2.1.2 Per Diem:

FINA will provide a per diem of US$ 100.00 per day including travel days as pocket money.

2.1.3 Accommodation:

FINA will provide full board, including three (3) meals, up to US$ 100.00 per day if the Organising Federation does not.


2.2.1 Travel:

Each National Federation must cover the participants travel expenses.

2.2.2 Accommodation:

FINA will provide US$ 30.00 per day, per person for a maximum of ten (10) days, for up to 20 foreign participants coming from outside of the country where the clinic is held, to assist with lodging expenses. Please note that these participants must provide a letter from their respective National Federation confirming their nomination to attend the clinic and the hosting federation must provide a list of clinic participants with their signatures as proof of attendance.

Accommodation assistance will only be paid for participants coming from the same continent or region.

This regulation does not apply for clinics which are held in conjunction with a Continental or Regional Competition.


2.3.1 FINA may support up to two (2) clinics, with a maximum of US$ 500.00 for the following:

- Production of booklets or pamphlets

- Room rental

- Rental of audio & visual equipment

- Other necessary materials for the clinic

2.3.2 For more than two (2) clinics, FINA will provide up to a maximum of US$ 1,000.00 for the items mentioned above


In order to be reimbursed for the expenses mentioned above, the original receipt(s), a copy of the flight ticket as well as the bank details where the transfer should be deposited must be sent to the FINA Office in Lausanne, Switzerland. Only original receipts received within 60 days from the conclusion of the clinic will be reimbursed.

Expenses for the participants from other countries will be reimbursed upon receipt of the letter from their respective Federation requested under Clause 2.2.2. Please note that in the FINA's auditor ruling there are no exceptions to the reimbursement procedure.


Building New Ways for Success in Aquatic Sports

FINA’s main objective is to promote and encourage the development of Swimming in all possible manifestations throughout the world and it is by keeping this in mind that the Federation has for more than a decade put in place a whole variety of programmes that help sustain such aspiration. The underlying idea is that by providing educational programmes for coaches, judges, managers and referees, less-favoured nations will be able to develop and organise their aquatic sports in a more efficient and effective way.  

To this day, FINA has created Schools for Water Polo referees, Diving and Synchronised Swimming judges, swimming officials and coaches and managers in all disciplines. To illustrate such success, between 2005 and 2008, 117 Schools for Swimming, 30 for Synchronised Swimming, 42 for Water Polo, 19 for Diving and 22 for Open Water Swimming were organised. 48 took place in Africa, 94 in the Americas, 52 in Asia, 10 in Europe and 26 in Oceania.

FINA Swimming Officials Schools inaugurated in the Bahamas - February 2011

Meeting in Shanghai (CHN) in 2006, the Coaches Commission presented the Bureau with a proposal to update the education programmes with qualification standards. From then on, FINA Education Programme Clinics would be carried out in three levels: Basic Introductory Coaching (Novice Level), Age Group Coaching (Intermediate Level), and Senior International Level (Advanced Level).

Another prominent aspect of FINA’s development policy is its Olympic Solidarity Programme, founded in 1961, which provides assistance to National Olympic Committees, especially those lacking the necessary resources to develop their aquatic sports. Its world programmes hinge on four fields of action: athletes, coaches, National Olympic Committee management, and promotion of the Olympic values. As for its continental programmes, they take into consideration the socio-economic and cultural environment in order to adapt with the region’s specific needs.



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