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. See the requirements laid out but Water Polo Saskatchewan below.
  4. Start your water polo coaching journey. 


WPS Coaching Requirements/Certification

Water Polo Saskatchewan requires the following for coaches in Saskatchewan:

  1. Registration in RAMP with a club or WPS.
  2. Respect in Sport Certification (details below)
  3. Criminal Record Check, must be valid within 3 years at the end of the season (for coaches 18 years or older at any time in the season) (option to: a) obtain a CRC from your local police department and upload the document during registration; OR b) complete an Enhanced Online Police Information Check (Criminal Record Check) during registration


Water Polo Saskatchewan strongly recommends the following for coaches in Saskatchewan:

  1. Community or Competitive Coaching Course completion and certification (details below)
  2. NCCP Making Head Way in Sport (free module; more details below)



Coaching Courses

Water Polo Saskatchewan utilizes the NCCP training programs to educate coaches. The NCCP consists of three coaching streams, two of which are relevant to our members: NCCP Community Sport, and NCCP Competition. These streams aim to create a fulfilling sports experience for both coaches and participants by effectively aligning their skills, motivations, and objectives.

Which course is for me? 

The Community Coaching stream is for coaches who will provide training at the club level or train non-competitive athletes. Participants in this stream are typically playing for their own enjoyment. Beginner coaches often start here.

The Competitive Coaching stream is for coaches who will coach at a competitive level in Provincial Leagues or National level competitions. Former athletes and experienced coaches at regional levels often work in this stream.



Community Coaching Courses 

Community Coaching Course Fall 2023


Dates & Times:

October 24th, 2023 from 5pm-9pm

October 25th, 2023 from 5pm until finished (around 9pm)

Facilitator: Tara Smith

Location: Online via Zoom

Details: This course will be completed over a two-day period.



Log into your club's registration portal and find the course under Camp & Clinic Registration.

Weyburn Hurricanes Registration Portal

Estevan Sharks Registration Portal 

Regina Armada Registration Portal

Saskatoon Pirates Registration Portal

Not associated with a club? Use the WPS portal: Water Polo Saskatchewan Registration Portal

Deadline to register: October 20th, 2023



Competitive Coaching Courses 

The process of becoming a competitive coach has recently changed. There are two steps:


1. Competitive Coach Education (Online)

Unlike the community coaching course, the process of competitive coach education can be done mostly online and at your own pace through the NCCPs The locker website and the Coaching Association of Saskatchewan Upcoming Courses - Coaches Association of Saskatchewan ( On the Locker, modules can be found under the Elearning section of the website and in the Multisport category. Note that not all the modules have to be taken, just the required by Water Polo Canada.

(WPC requires the completion of the listed 5 modules): 

Completed through The Locker
1. NCCP Coaching Athletes with a Disability Module
2. NCCP Sport Nutrition Module
3. Water Polo Specific Workshop (The water polo-specific module is in development. However, other courses can be taken in the meantime)
Completed through the Coaches Association of Saskatchewan
4. NCCP Design a Basic Sport Program Module
5. NCCP Basic Mental Skills Module

2. Competitive Coach Evaluation (In-Person)

(A practical portion done in three steps):

1. Course Evaluation: Complete Making Ethical Decisions online evaluation (course info below).
2. Submission of portfolio: Submit a portfolio that has a coach information sheet, emergency action plan, and a practice plan.
3. Practical Evaluation: Observed coaching at practice and are debriefed afterward.

The Competitive coach education can be done all on your own. Once finished, contact us at for your in-person evaluation.


NCCP & RIS Courses: 

All coaches in Saskatchewan are required to complete the Respect in Sport module. Additional training is required for provincial and competitive level coaching, such as Making Ethical Decisions module and other multi-sport modules provided by Coaches Association of Canada.  

Respect in Sport Home Page

Respect in Sport Module Login

Water Polo Saskatchewan recommends all coaches take the free NCCP Making Head Way in Sport module to prepare themselves for concussions in sport. This module will educate coaches on: 

  • how to prevent concussions;
  • how to recognize the signs and symptoms of a concussion;
  • what to do when you suspect an athlete has a concussion; and
  • how to ensure athletes return to play safely.


NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Info Page

NCCP Making Ethical Decisions Module can be registered for and accessed through the coaching profile. 

NCCP Multi-Sport Modules 

Upcoming NCCP Training Modules can be found here.



WPC Coaching Requirements/Certification 



Water Polo Canada has created a document outlining the Coaching Training Pathways for coaches in Canada. Please refer to the NCCP Coach Training & Certification Pathway document to review the requirements for certifications. 

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