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Coaching Development

Make a Difference | Become a Coach

MWPA participates in the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) which is mandated by Water Polo Canada.

For any local development opportunities please take a look at our Events page.

Coaching: Welcome


Reach higher!

Become a Coach -

Are you thinking about coaching for the first time?

  1. Read more about The Basics of coaching.

  2. Learn to run your first practice with Get Coaching!, the Coaching Association of Canada's free online tutorial!

  3. Identify which NCCP and water polo specific coaching requirements you must complete.

  4. Start your water polo coaching journey. 


NCCP Overview - 

The National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) has workshops for all types of coaches - whether you’re thinking about coaching your child’s community team or you’re already the head coach of a national team. The NCCP is here to help you be the best coach that you can be. When you take an NCCP clinic, you’ll gain water polo technical abilities as well as leadership and decision-making skills. NCCP training will open doors to new opportunities in coaching and in life.


WPC NCCP Pathways

Community Sport

Competition Introduction

Competition Development


Maintenance of Certification


Water Polo Canada and the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

In order for NCCP coaches to maintain their certified status, they are required to earn Professional Development (PD) points. 


1) Who needs to obtain PD points?

Only coaches who are Competitive Coach "Certified" and Advanced Competitive Coach "Certified" need to maintain their certified status.


2) How many points are required to maintain a coach's certification?

The number of PD points required to maintain a coach's certification is 16. Water Polo Canada provides its coaches with a 4-year period to collect their PD points.  The maintenance of certification period begins January 1 after a coach achieves certified status in the Competitive Coach or Advanced Competitive Coach contexts. For example, a coach who becomes certified in November will have their four (4) year maintenance of certification period begin January 1 of the following year.


3) How can coaches accumulate PD points?

PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including:

  • National and provincial sport organization conferences and workshops eLearning modules

  • NCCP workshops (Click here for a list of upcoming workshops)

  • Coach mentorship programs

  • Active coaching

4) How do coaches keep track of how many PD points they have?

PD points are kept track of in each coach’s transcript in The Locker.

Use the links below or visit the CAC website for more information about professional development and maintenance of certification

Coaching: Text

coaching requirements 2023-24

To ensure the safety of our athletes, Club Coaching requirements come into effect September 1, 2023.


More specific details with respect to the requirements can be sourced at the link/button noted below.

Any questions contact the MWPA Office at

Water Polo Player

Coach Developer Pathway Guide

The Coach Developer (CD) Pathway Guide provides additional details regarding the process for a coach to become a Coach Developer.


This guide goes into detail about the pathway for Learning Facilitators, Coach Evaluators and Master Coach Developers. This was as a result of the process being unclear for individuals interested in becoming Coach Developers and current Coach Developers wishing to complete their next required step.

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Coaching Manitoba

Visit Coaching Manitoba for all things NCCP

Education. Training. Grants.  Resources. Recognition

Respect in Sport

Sport Manitoba believes in being proactive in ensuring sport in our province is safe and welcoming for all participants. Respect in Sport (RiS) helps us promote those values through a simple and convenient online training course for coaches and sport leaders. It is designed as a tool to assist coaches in identifying and dealing with abuse, neglect, harassment, and bullying in sport.

Concussion Protocol

Concussions can occur while participating in any sport or recreational activity. Since the circumstances under which a concussion can be sustained are so varied, it’s important for all coaches, parents, and athletes to be aware of the signs, symptoms, and what to do if a concussion occurs.

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