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The Cook Islands Aquatics Federation

Kia orana and Welcome to the website of the Cook Islands Aquatics Federation (CIAF).    Cook Islands Aquatics Federation is the national sporting organisation which is responsible for the promotion and development of swimming in the Cook Islands at all levels. CIAF became a member of FINA, the international federation for swimming, in 2007. 

CIAF is also a member of the Oceania Swimming Association.

Although, Cook Islanders have a natural affiliation with the water, swimming is quite a new sport and CIAF aim to establish swimming and water safety as a compulsory part of education in the schools and to teach all Cook Islanders both young and old through increased participation.

Our Vision

To continue fostering development of elite athletes who are Cook Islanders living locally and abroad to compete at international events.  In turn, this will assist with growth and development of the sport at all levels and assuring that there is a sustainable future for swimming in this country.

The Cook Islands is one of four Oceania countries that does not have a 25m or 50m swimming pool.  It is our aim to establish a swimming pool on Rarotonga within the next 3-5years.

  • To encourage swimming, water safety, water education, water recreation and swimming competition in the Cook Islands.

  • To provide good governance for the sport of swimming in the Cook Islands.

  • To affiliate with and recognise FINA as the international governing body of the sport of swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and masters swimming.

  • To provide assistance to Rarotonga and outer island schools, clubs other sports codes with the development of the sport of swimming and water safety in the Cook Islands.



Due to the lack of a swimming pool, open water swimming is the only discipline practiced in the Cook Islands.

Our elite athletes are currently training overseas in NZ, Australia and America.

We aim to include pool swimming with the development of a proper pool facility on Rarotonga in the next 3-5 years.



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