Coach certification in Canada is delivered through the National Coach Certification Program also known as NCCP.  

All registered coaches are required to have NCCP training at the level they are coaching. 

 For complete NCCP swimming information see Swimming Canada's NCCP information.  

  Steps to complete certification for Level 1: Fundamentals Coach or NCCP Swim Teacher   

  •  NCCP Coach Certification Levels 
    • Community Sport Coach 
      • The community sport coach is for assistant coaches, aged 15 years of age and up, who help teach swimmers who do not yet attend competitions.  The community coach may work a maximum of two seasons before they are required to take the next level of training (Swimming 101).  The community coach may assist at both practice and competition.  It is not recommended that the community coach be responsible for a group.
      •  Register online
      • Prerequisites 15 years of age 

  • Level 1: Fundamentals Coach
    • This is the entry-level coach certification. This is the level required for competitive coaches to be on deck at competitions.  The course required for this certification is called Swimming 101.  
      • Steps to Register for Swimming 101 :

To log in and register go to

  •  Level 2: Age Group Coach 
    • Age Group coach is intended for Small Club head coaches or Large Club assistant coaches.  The course required for this certification is called Swimming 201 and is required to be on deck at Canadian Age Group Championships and Para Can-Am's.
    • Prerequisites:

  • Level 3: Senior Coach 
    • Head coaches of clubs with national level swimmers require this level of education to be on deck at Nationals.
    • Prerequisites
      • 20 years old
      • Swim 201
      •  NCCP Multi Sport Competition Development Courses (course or home study)  

 Managing Conflict

 Coaching and Leading Effectively 

 Developing Athletic Abilities 

 Prevention and Recovery

 Psychology of Performance

Leading Drug-free Sport

Multi-Sport Course Registration 


  • NCCP Swimming Teacher
    • Swimming Teacher is for instructors with Red Cross Water Safety Instructor (WSI) or I Can Swim certification who are teaching pre-competitive swimmers.  
    • NCCP swimming teachers may not be on deck at swim meets.
    •  Prerequisites