World Aquatics

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Poliana Okimoto (silver), Aurélie Muller (gold) and Ana Marcela Cunha (bronze) at the 2016 FINA/HOSA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Photo by FINA
Photo by Javier Blazquez of Christine Jennings, surrounded by Olympian Angela Maurer on her left, Olympian Melissa Gorman on her right, and Olympian Poliana Okimoto behind her in the 5 km race at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships in Sevilla, Spain in an example of open water swimming physicality including impeding that is officiated by FINA members of the Technical Open Water Swimming Committee
Induction presentation by Dale Petranech at the ISHOF 1996 ceremony

noun - World Aquatics (formerly known as FINA, the acronym for Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur, is the international governing body of swimming, water polo, diving, synchronized swimming and open water swimming. The rebranding from FINA to World Aquatics will be implemented in 2023.


World Aquatics is recognized by the International Olympic Committee for administering international aquatic competitions. It was founded in 1908 and is run by the FINA Bureau and is headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. Its open water swimming discipline is officiated by members of the FINA Technical Open Water Swimming Committee (or TOWSC). It also includes a FINA Coaches Commission and a FINA Sports Medicine Committee, and awards the FINA Athletes of the Year.

Open Water Swimming

World Aquatics currently sanctions the FINA Open Water Tour, FINA Junior Open Water Swimming Championships, and the 5 km, 6 km Mixed Team Relay, 10 km, and 25 km races at the FINA World Championships, and oversees the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim at the Summer Olympic Games.


World Aquatics administers the most competitive professional marathon swimming circuit in the world.

2015 FINA World Championships


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