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Clinics for Swimming Officials

FINA strongly believes in the importance of having a globally-respected workforce of swimming officials with an established and consistent curriculum, as a key factor for the athlete development and the correct appliance of the FINA officiating rules.

As part of the FINA Development Programme, FINA is currently running clinics to train officials in swimming. This training programme, respectively conducted by highly experienced officials appointed by the FINA Technical Swimming Committee (TSC), are designed to educate and train swimming officials around the world.

The FINA Swimming Clinics for Officials are available to National Federations wishing to host a training clinic, as well as for National Federations wishing to attend a clinic organised in their continental region.


The FINA Swimming Clinics for Officials are intended to provide basic training for participants of all levels through courses led by an expert. They are designed to educate and train swimming officials, ensuring that they are given the opportunity to develop their skills and further the development of aquatics within their countries.

By offering technical training and promoting best practices, Swimming Officials will develop their skills and support successful performances in the pool.

Course format

  • The Officials course is only available for Swimming and may last from three (3) to five (5) days.
  • All FINA clinics can be carried out at one of the following levels: beginners, intermediate or advanced.
  • National Federations may choose to organise the entire clinic continuously over a long weekend or over a week-long session, distributing the course hours as best suit the clinic participants

Document and information

2019 Guidelines for Clinics


How many FINA Clinics can be organised per year?

The maximum number of clinics requested by a National Federation is two (2). There may be organised no more than one (1) clinic per discipline (Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Artistic Swimming, Diving, High Diving or Water Polo) and category (Coaches or Officials) by National Federation on an annual basis.

How many days does a FINA Clinic for Officials last?

FINA Swimming Clinics for Officials may last from three (3) to five (5) days.

What is the difference between a FINA Swimming Clinic for Officials and a FINA Swimming School for Officials?

The FINA Swimming Clinics are designed to provide basic training for officials at three different levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced), whereas the FINA Schools for Swimming Officials are aimed for those participants intending to enter the FINA Officials Lists and attend a FINA event as a technical official.

How can I register for a FINA Clinic?

National Federations wishing to attend a FINA Clinic organised in their continental region may contact the host federation directly.

Is there any fee for the FINA Clinic participants?

All FINA Clinics are free of charge for their participants.

Where can I find out if there is a Clinic near me?

You can access the calendar with all the Swimming Officials Clinics here (link)