Swimming Officials clinic as a refresher prior Dubai World Cup

Development News

A FINA Swimming Officials Development clinic was organised in Dubai (UAE) from October 4-5, 2011 prior the inaugural leg of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup to kick off on October 7. FINA Technical Swimming Committee Bill Hogan from Canada was onsite to instruct no less than 40 local swimming judges, officials and referees, whose level ranked intermediate to advanced.

Half of the attendees would officiate at the Dubai World Cup later the same week. On day 1, topics such as Competitive Strokes, Relays, Officials’ Decision Making, The Race, Disqualifications and Protests were discussed. On day 2, the participants learned about Duties of Officials and studied a Presentation of the FINA Stroke Video. At the end of the day, an examination took place.

"Since many attending the clinic were going to be working the Dubai World Cup, I should concentrate on the practical preparations needed for these officials to assure their competency on deck and guarantee a successful and problem-free competition," explained Hogan.

"The attendees were of a medium to high level of certification, and that made for a high level of questions and animated discussions. It was a very good group to work with. They were very eager to learn the finer points of national and international officiating at FINA level competitions," he added.