Coaching Resources


BC Swimming Congress

Swim BC is excited to be hosting the BC Swimming Congress September 30th – October 3rd at the Westin Resort & Spa in Whistler, BC. The theme for the 2021 Congress is One BC, Moving Forward Together focussing on moving past the disruption of COVID-19 and celebrate coming back together as one united swimming community. Registration is now open! Early Bird registration for the Team Aquatic Supplies BC Swim Coaches Conference is open until August 31st.

For more information and to register, click here.

2020-2021 Club Grant Program

Given last season’s competitive calendar was cut short, we have made a number of one-time changes to the program. This year’s grant allocations are based on the following distributions, taking into consideration Club Grant eligible performances from 2018-19 and 2019-20.

    • 40% ($ 42,000) – based on 2019-20 Grant
    • 15% ($ 15,750) – based on 2019-20 BC ID Teams
    • 15% ($ 15,750) – based on 2020 Winter BC Provincial Championships
    • 15% ($ 15,750) – based 2019-20 International Competitions (Euro 2020 Meet)
    • 15% ($ 15,750) – based on 2019-20 National and Provincial Records

Total Club Grant funds for 2020-21 – $105,000

Club Grant funds are not allocated to a specific individual. They are intended to support clubs in continued development toward competitive performance outcomes. Please refer to the Swim BC Club Grant Information and the Swim BC Club Grant Criteria documents for further details. The list of Club Grant recipients can be found here.

The opportunity to use eligible expenses for COVID stimulated costs (ie/ pool time and coaching salaries) as was permitted after March of last year, will be assessed regularly by Swim BC. Should the opportunity to utilize Club Grant funds for “COVID-related expenses” occur, this will be communicated clearly to all programs. Please note that for now, only eligible expenses as per the Club Grant program are acceptable.

Canadian Sports Institute & PacificSport Coach Support Program

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific, through a partnership with the Province of British Columbia, viaSport, the network of PacificSport centres, and Swim BC, collaborates to deliver programs and services to place BC athletes onto National Teams, and ensure athletes and coaches have every advantage to win medals for Canada. The partners work jointly to encourage sport excellence and increase podium performances in communities throughout BC.

Through the above partnership, and with the above purpose in mind, Swim BC nominates athletes and their coaches who meet specific criteria for Canadian Sport Institute Pacific / PacificSport athlete or coach registration. Upon registering, athletes and coaches can engage in enhanced programs, benefits, and selected support services through Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and the network of PacificSport regional centres in BC.

Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and PacificSport athlete support is tiered across four levels based on performance, each with a slate of designated benefits.

Coach Selection

Personal coaches can also receive access to benefits if they currently coach an athlete selected to the Athlete Nomination List. Like the athletes, coaches will receive a notification via email. For more information on services for coaches, please see the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific website.

Athlete Selection

Swim BC has created a set of criteria for selection to the Athlete Nomination List. There is no application process. Athletes are selected by Swim BC, and a list is submitted to an Athlete Coach Services Technical Expert at Canadian Sport Institute Pacific. Please click the link to view the Nomination Criteria | Nomination List.

The 2020-21 athlete selection criteria is summarized below. Please note that the criteria is subject to change from year to year.
The selection criteria for this year is based on performances done from September 2019 through March 2020, either SCM or LCM. The program has 4 Tiers: Canadian Elite, Canadian Development, Provincial Development 1, and Provincial Development 2. Swimming Canada identifies the Canadian Elite swimmers through the Sport Canada Carding program. Swim BC identifies the remaining three tiers.
Canadian Development
Women                Year of Birth 2002 & Older + 800 FINA Points (Single Swim) or SNC On Track 3
Men                       Year of Birth 2002 & Older + 800 FINA Points (Single Swim) or SNC On Track 3
Para                       700 IPC Performance Points
Provincial Development 1
Women                Year of Birth 2003 & Younger + 1390 Combined FINA Points (Top 2 Swims)
Men                       Year of Birth 2003 & Younger + 1330 Combined FINA Points (Top 2 Swims)
Para                       600 – 699 IPC Performance Points
Provincial Development 2
Women                Year of Birth 2006 & Younger + 1100 Combined FINA Points (Top 2 Swims)
Men                       Year of Birth 2005 & Younger + 1045 Combined FINA Points (Top 2 Swims)
Para                       450 – 599 IPC Performance Points

Swim BC gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.


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