FINA Swimming Officials Clinic in Saint Lucia on April 5-6



The St Lucia Amateur Swimming Association and its members are in high gear preparation for an important FINA sponsored Officials Clinic that will be hosted in Saint Lucia on the week-end of 5th and 6th April 2014.  


There will be two FINA lecturers traveling to Saint Lucia to conduct this school:


Carol Zaleski , Chairman of the FINA Technical Swimming Committee (TSC) and

Søren Korbo, FINA TSC Honorary Secretary


The programme will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day, in the Conference Room at the Bay Gardens Hotelwith 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.


This will be an important step in the development of swimming in Saint Lucia as SLASA must be in a position to provide a strong core of well-trained and experienced officials when hosting international swimming competitions and with special reference to the Commonwealth Youth Games in 2017.


There is no registration fee and the course is open to all interested persons and there also will be expected a substantial number of regional attendees


The Course content is


 Competition Management:

● Local Standards

● FINA Standards



● Electronic Timing

● Using Stopwatches


The Competitive Strokes:

● Butterfly

● Backstroke

● Breaststroke

● Freestyle

● Medley Swimming



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