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Regional officials benefited from a successful high powered two day Officials Clinic organized by the St Lucia Amateur Swimming Association and sponsored by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) over the weekend 5th and 6th April 2014 at The Bay Gardens Hotel

Conducted by the two most senior Technical officials in FINA, the clinic was well attended by 61 St. Lucians and 11 persons from the region.

Conducted by Carol Zaleski , Chairman of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee (TSC) and Søren Korbo, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary, the regional officials were lectured by the very FINA Technical officials who advise the international federation on technical matters.

The programme ran from  9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, in the Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Hotel and all participants will have an opportunity to put their new-found skills into immediate use, as the RHAC Invitational Swim Meet will be held on 10th to 13th April.

Senior Officials of SLASA, President Lance Arnold and Secretary Joyce Huxley voiced their strongest satisfaction with the clinic being awarded to St Lucia and the ability of St Lucia to successfully execute the clinic.
The Course content was

 Competition Management:
  • Local Standards
  • FINA Standards
  • Electronic Timing
  • Using Stopwatches
The Competitive Strokes:

  • Butterfly
  • Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Freestyle
  • Medley Swimming
  • Relays
Officials’ Decision Making
The Race:

● Disqualifications
  • The 5 Toughest Calls in Swimming
  • FINA Swimming Rule Quick Reference Card
  • Protests
Seeding of Heats, Semi-Finals and Finals
  • The Start
  • Video
Duties and Power of the Officials:
  • Referee
  • Starter
  • Control Room Supervisor
  • Desk Control (other than for Olympic Games and World Championships)
  • Clerk of Course (Last Call Room)
  • Chief Inspector of Turns
  • Inspectors of Turns
  • Judges of Stroke
  • Chief Timekeeper
  • Timekeepers
  • Chief Finish Judge
  • Finish Judges
  • Reserves
World Records:
  • Long Course
  • Short Course
FINA Swimming Officials Lists
  • Criteria


Selection of Officials for World Championships and Olympic Games

  • Criteria
FINA Points Time Table

The Professional Official

Pool Practice


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