FINA Swimming Officials schools inaugurated in the Bahamas
The FINA Bureau decided in 2010 to establish Swimming Officials Schools as recommended by the FINA TSC. Contrary to the FINA Swimming Officials Seminar, the Schools programme is a basic programme from which Federations should build up educational programmes for each duty of the officials for the development of officiating within their own Federation.
For 2011 the FINA Bureau has approved to start with five Schools – one in each of the Continental Organisations.
The first School was in the Americas hosted by the Bahamas Swimming Federation in Nassau (BAH) on 5-6 February 2011. The School had a total of 40 participants whereas 30 participants were from the host Federation and 10 participants from five different Federations (ARU, CAN, CAY, BAR, ECU). Lecturers were FINA TSC Chair Carol Zaleski and FINA TSC Honorary Secretary Soren Korbo.
The School was very well organised by the host Federation. The presentations in the class room were very well received. The pool session was held at the National Swimming Center using electronic timing, semi automatic timing as well as digital stop watches. The positions around the pool deck were changed in the middle of the programme. Six girls and six boys from clubs under the Bahamas Swimming Federation gave useful assistance during the pool session.
(Special thanks to President Algernon Cargill and Mancer Roberts from the Bahamas Swimming Federation for great organisation)
Full 2011 programme of FINA Schools here.