The Swimming Federation of Puerto Rico certifies BIWPA’s courses for coaches


With the agreement, the courses will become the mandatory training for all Puerto Rican water polo coaches

The Puerto Rican Swimming Federation (FPN) has signed an agreement with the Barcelona International Water Polo Academy (BIWPA) to promote water polo in the country and regulate academic training to all coaches and future coaches.

This partnership will allow the FPN to offer regulated training courses for water polo coaches, structured by units of different levels.

BIWPA has created online courses that follow a methodology with more than a decade of success in Spain. Puerto Rico thus joins the South American Swimming Confederation (CONSANAT), which officially certified the courses just a few weeks ago.

Education is key

The FPN made the agreement public on Friday, December 11, through a statement on its website. 

"We are very pleased with the offering of the Courses by BIWPA and their knowledge of this sport at an international level to transmit them to our coaches," said Jean Pierre Mújica, president of the FPN Water Polo Technical Committee.

"The courses will be a mandatory part of the FPN Water Polo Coaches certifications as we want to continue increasing the level of knowledge and preparation," added Mújica.

Quim Colet, director of the training, expressed the importance of educating the coaches from the base: 

"In order to properly grow our sport, coaches need access to the appropriate theoretical and practical contents; the experience earned as a player is not enough to coach. Also, it is important that federations have a unified and regulated educational framework for all their coaches."

Jean Pierre Mújica and Quim Colet
Jean Pierre Mújica and Quim Colet

The first unit, in January

BIWPA will make the official presentation of the training through a webinar next Saturday, December 19, at 5:00 p.m. (CET) Spanish time. Before the presentation, registration for Unit I will officially open. This first course will begin on January 16, 2021, with limited spots available.