FINA

Founded in 1908, FINA is the governing body of aquatic sports. FINA stands for Federation Internationale de Natation, which is French for International Swimming Federation. The headquarters for the organization is located in Lausanne, Switzerland. FINA’s motto is “Water is Our World.” The International Olympic Committee recognizes FINA as the organization for administering the […]

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American Swimming Coaches Association

The American Swimming Coaches Association is an organization with the goal of helping swim coaches develop professionally to have long, productive careers. The ASCA is an independent organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Becoming a certified member of the ASCA provides coaches with a way to improve skills, helps advance a coach’s career, enhances […]

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International Swimming Pools

One size does not exactly fit all when it comes international swimming pools. FINA and USA Swimming have standards about the pools used for national and international competitive swimming events. There are two sizes used in swimming events, the short course and the long course.

A short course pool is 25 meters (82 feet) long […]

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Swimming Competition Rules

Like other sports, swimming has rules and regulations that athletes must follow so all races are fair for all competitors. Violations will disqualify a swimmer from the race. A disqualification (DQ) means the swimmer will not have an official race time and is ineligible for awards. Swimming competition rules are established by USA Swimming, […]

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Governing Body Of Swimming

So you’ve decided to get into swimming as a sport. Then you begin to wonder… who runs this thing anyway? Who makes the rules? The answer, at least in the United States, would be that the governing body of swimming is USA Swimming. USA Swimming handles all aspects of competitive swimming. It sets the […]

By |October 19th, 2011|Competitive Swimming, Swimming Governing Body|Comments Off on Governing Body Of Swimming|
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