FINA, the Fédération Internationale de Natation, is the world governing body for the five Aquatic Disciplines of SWIMMING, DIVING, WATER POLO, SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING and OPEN WATER SWIMMING.

FINA has five main objectives:

  1. to promote and encourage the development of swimming in all possible manifestations throughout the world
  2. to promote and encourage the development of international relations
  3. to adopt necessary uniform rules and regulations to hold competitions in swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, synchronized swimming and masters
  4. to organize World Championships and FINA events
  5. to increase the number of facilities for swimming throughout the world


VISION: Swimming to Win; Winning for Life!

MISSION: Translating the Vision into a more specific medium term future:
Canadian swimming will be aligned, accountable, and performance-oriented

We will do this by:

  • Building collaborations based on a foundation of trust;
  • Implementing and coordinating programs that cause the development and growth of a national support system for athletes and coaches;
  • Actively listening to the input of the swimming community; and
  • Delivering on commitments

The results will be winning international medals, increased participation, investment, effective use of resources, and a solutions-oriented positive culture. The 2012 Outcomes are the heart of the Strategic Plan, translating the Vision into measurable achievements:


MISSION: Swim Alberta will institute and maintain the best and most progressive athlete/club development system and high performance competitive swim program in the world.

At Swim Alberta we value Excellence, Integrity, Innovation and Collaboration

Excellence is the quality or state of being outstanding and superior in programming, service, operation and performance!

Swim Alberta will:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to our athletes by supporting and providing opportunities for development and high performance programming through quality coaching, club support and level appropriate competitions.
  • Be accountable for and assume ownership for our actions, both the successes and failures.
  • Celebrate and recognize the contributions of our athletes, coaches, clubs, volunteers and partners.
  • Operate in a professional manner in the development and delivery of our programs, services and support we provide to our athletes, coaches, clubs, volunteers and partners.

Integrity is the quality of possessing and adhering to high moral principles and professional standards.

Swim Alberta will:

  • Promote a safe and fun environment where harassment, abuse, disrespect or any unsportsmanlike behaviors will not be tolerated toward our athletes, coaches, clubs, staff, volunteers and partners.
  • Encourage fairness and equity throughout the sport of swimming.
  • Treat each other with respect, honesty, patience, understanding and trust.
  • Operate in an open and transparent manner.

Innovation is enhancing and creating leading edge programs, methods and delivery models for the advancement of swimming.

Swim Alberta will:

  • Continually explore new approaches and learnings · Be prepared to take necessary risks

Collaboration is effectively working with swimmers, coaches, clubs, volunteers and partners.

Swim Alberta will:

  • Work with its partners towards common goals to achieve our mission
  • Creating a seamless approach where clubs, coaches and programs are integrated and linked
  • Respect and recognize differences