Successful diving clinic held in Belem (BRA)
A successful FINA Development diving clinic was held in Belem, Brasil from 13-17 March, 2012 with 30 participants. Among them, 7 coaches, 17 judges, two officials, three students and one athlete took part in the course (intermediate to advanced level) conducted by Rolando Ruiz Pedreguera. 23 of them were locals and 7 from outside the country.
One step further for Aquatics in Rwanda
In collaboration with FINA (under its Development programme 2012), the Rwanda swimming federation (FRNA) organised a ten-day clinic from March 10-19 called "Technical course for coaches level one" in Kigali, Rwanda. There were 34 participants, all Rwandans except one trainee from Kenya. The course also welcomed athletes as observers in oorder to increase their skills on officiating issues.
This course was facilitated by German expert Gerd Nottelmann. The sessions were highly interactive and Nottelmann's knowledge and excellent teaching methods were much appreciated. The ten-day clinic was a great success, with all participants showing enthusiasm and willingness to learn. All acknowledged that they found the clinic rewarding.
Open water swimming boosted in West Africa
The Fédération Sénégalaise de Natation et de Sauvetage organised a FINA school for open water swimming Officials in Dakar from March 7-8, 2012. FINA TOWSC Member Zouheir El Moufti from Morocco shared his knowledge and expertise with 30 participants coming from various parts of West Africa: Senegal, Gambia, Nigeria, Guinea, Benin, Cap Vert and Mali. The school programme included eight training sessions with a test at the end. Theory sessions addressed the following topics: origins of open water swimming, roles and duties of Officials, timekeeping, race rules, risk and competition management.
Diving Judge school held in Santo Domingo (DOM)
The course focused on several technical aspects of the sport (degree of difficulty, starting position, approach and take-off, flight, entry, etc.) and also related to competition (format, procedure, judging synchronised diving, etc.).
Inaugural Oceania development workshop a great success
Representatives from all member federations of the Oceania Swimming Association, plus associate members Hawaii and New Caledonia, completed an intensive three-day development workshop in Nadi, Fiji last week.
Setting the scene on Day 1 was OSA Executive Board Member and long time swimming coach and administrator, Bill Sakovich, who addressed delegates on "Issues and Challenges facing Aquatics Development in Oceania".
Stepping stone for development of Aquatics in Oceania
The Oceania Swimming Association will organise its first ever Regional Aquatics Development Workshop at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi, Fiji from March 4-6, 2012.
FINA, along with the Olympic Solidarity, Asian Swimming Federation, Oceania Swimming Association and USA Swimming, united their vision to provide the member nations of the Oceania Swimming Association with the best educational tools to foster the development of Aquatics in the region. The objectives of the three-day workshop are the following:
Olympic Solidarity takes action in Fria (GUI)
Building Swimming Officials expertise in Tunisia
The first FINA Swimming Officials School of the 2012 season was hosted by the Tunisian Swimming Federation in Tunis (TUN) on February 11-12 at the Golden Tulip El Mechtel Hotel. The School had a total of 30 participants with one coming from outside Tunisia.
The lecturers were Søren Korbo, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary and Olugbenga Lawal, FINA TSC Member. The School was opened by the newly elected President of the Tunisian Swimming Federation, Mr. Hedi Belhassen. The School was very well organised by the host Federation.
FINA Development School for Diving Judges is held in Colombo (SRI)
The first FINA Diving Development School of 2012, a basic development course for those having no prior judging experience in diving, took place at the Otters Aquatic Club in Colombo, Sri Lanka from January 29-30.
Happily, in this case, among the 17 eager participants, most were former divers with knowledge of diving techniques and codes. FINA TDC Member Frans van de Konijnenburg (NED) taught various aspects of judging this spectacular discipline: Judge's Responsibilities, Competition Format and Procedure, The Dive, Judging Synchronised Diving, Briefing and De-briefing at competitions, Duties of the Referee, etc.
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