The purpose of this course is to achieve the following
Enlarge the number of officials and improve officiating at
Open Water Swimming competitions;
Unify the Open Water Swimming officiating procedure;
Use the course as an instrument to develop and promote Open Water
Please note the following information related to the designation
& courses for Open Water Swimming officials:
The FINA Open Water Swimming Certification Schools cater to
experienced Open Water Swimming officials who require more in depth
training of skills at an advanced level.
They are designed to prepare and certify highly qualified officials
wishing to be on the FINA OWS Lists.
Candidates must be at least 16 years old on December 31 in the
calendar year of attendance. Nevertheless, they must be aged 18
years or older in the year of attendance to receive certification.
Only participants who have successfully completed the test in
English or French will become certified. Certification is valid for
a four-year period.
In addition, each certified official must take the FINA Open Water
Swimming Online Course which will be available in English on the
FINA Learning Platform.
Officials who have passed the FINA Open Water Swimming
Certification School Exam, the FINA Open Water Swimming Online Exam
and who have officiated at a required level will be eligible for
the FINA OWS Lists.
please note that the participants must be registered through the
FINA GMS by the 24th April 2019.