If you are a parent, official, volunteer or previous artistic swimming athlete you too can be a coach! Coaching is a field that welcomes people of any age, and any background. Please continue reading below if you are a coach or are curious about what artistic swimming coaches do.

Coaches and officials play key roles in sports. Coaches act as mentors, motivators and leaders. Along with parents and teachers, coaches have a profound impact on the future of our children. It’s a great responsibility, and Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming is committed to providing coaches and coach developers with access to development and education opportunities, support mechanisms and funding resources to continue the pursuit of coaching excellence across Nova Scotia.


Launched in 1974, the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) is the CAC’s flagship program, and has been identified as a world leader in coach education. It is currently the largest adult continuing education program in Canada. The NCCP gives coaches the confidence to succeed and is designed & delivered in partnership with the government of Canada, provincial/territorial governments, and national/provincial/territorial sport organizations.

The NCCP model distinguishes between training and certification. Coaches can participate in training opportunities to acquire or refine the skills and knowledge required for a particular coaching context (i.e. Competition-Introduction) as defined by the sport and be considered “trained“.

NCCP coaches are described as follows:

In Training       when they have completed some of the required training for a context;
Trained            when they have completed all required training for a context;
Certified           when they have completed all evaluation requirements for a context 


The National Coaching Certification Program has 2 streams – Recreational and Competitive. Recreational comprises the new AquaGO! program, while Competitive comprises Competition Introduction and Competition Development. Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming endorses these programs.

Competent coach instruction and leadership is the foundation for all levels of artistic swimming participation.  As such, Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming follows strict guidelines as to requirements for coach certification at competitions.  All coaches receiving “deck privileges” at meets must have a minimum of a full NCCP Competition Introduction. This is in keeping not only with insurance requirements but also with service delivery standards. Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming also supports and recommends that all coaches providing instruction at any level of artistic swimming receive training in accordance with NCCP standards. Participation at Divisional, Regional and National levels each also have specific NCCP level requirements.  Therefore Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming arranges and supports the organization of NCCP courses whenever possible as needed. Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming also requires that coaches take advantage of available educational opportunities supplementary to NCCP. The Coaches Chair will distribute a memo at the beginning of each season outlining the requirements for that year.


Canada Artistic Swimming offers the following NCCP workshops.

AquaGO! Instructor: This workshop is aimed at recreational level coaches who have no prior coaching experience. Covering the fundamentals of STAR 1-8 figures, skill development, routine basics, and safety in the water, this workshop will prepare participants to teach basic artistic swimming to beginners.

Competition – Introduction: Intended for coaches coaching competitive athletes aged 6 to 15, this two-day course focuses on planning, long-term athlete development, and performance analysis.

Competition – Development: Designed for coaches of National stream athletes aged 12-16, this comprehensive 4.5-day workshop focuses primarily on the development of a yearly training plan, including monthly and weekly installments, and on training techniques for figures and routines of National level athletes. In a classroom setting coaches will learn about developing athletic abilities, managing a program, analyzing figure and routine abilities and performance planning. The following multi-sport evaluations are required in order to be certified:

Make Ethical Decisions Online Evaluation – Competition – Development
Leading Drug-free Sport Online Evaluation
Managing Conflict Online Evaluation


Date Course City Register by: Other Info
TBA AquaGO! Halifax TBA TBA
TBA Comp – Intro Halifax TBA TBA
TBA Comp – Dev Halifax TBA TBA

Note: Courses will only be run if there is significant demand. To add your name to the waitlist for an additional course, please email  (please include your name, phone, and address).


Nova Scotia Artistic Swimming encourages coaches and officials of all levels to seek opportunities for professional development. Financial assistance is sometimes available through Sport Nova Scotia for technical upgrading and to those who wish to expand and enhance their skills by attending relevant training courses and seminars.  For more information please contact