As of Sunday 06 April sixteen (16) St John Volunteers have been certified by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) as Swim Officials. Over the weekend (April 05-06), the St Lucia Amateur Swimming Association hosted this FINA Swimming Officials School at the Bay Gardens Hotel and the Rodney Heights Aquatic Centre (RHAC). The purpose of this course was to achieve the following objectives:

  • enlarge the number of officials and enhance the quality of the existing officials;
  • create a uniform pattern of interpretation and application of Swimming rules, thus raising the quality of officials; and
  • use the course as an instrument to develop and promote Swimming worldwide.


Our new Swim Officials will put their new skills to work immediately as the RHAC host its Annual Swim Meet from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13, 2014.

FINA, the Fédération Internationale de Natation, is the world governing body for the five Aquatic Disciplines of SWIMMINGDIVINGWATER POLOSYNCHRONISED SWIMMING and OPEN WATER SWIMMING.

FINA has five main objectives:

- to promote and encourage the development of swimming in all possible manifestations throughout the world
- to promote and encourage the development of international relations
- to adopt necessary uniform rules and regulations to hold competitions in swimming, open water swimming, diving, water polo, synchronised swimming and masters
- to organise World Championships and FINA events
- to increase the number of facilities for swimming throughout the world

To fulfill these goals and organise its 203 National Federations membership, FINA has put in place a structure comprising of six main entities: the General Congress, the Technical Congress, the Bureau, the Executive, the Technical and Specialised Committees.


Posted by: Admin on 08 April 2014

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