Innovative clinic trains Swimming Officials in Cayman Islands

Development News

A swimming officials clinic took place from May 2-7, 2012 in Georgetown, Grand Cayman Islands. Referee Neil Booth from Great Britain, who has officiated at all levels of competition for many years, instructed 32 participants.

The structure of the course was built around PowerPoint presentations, mixed-size group discussion and then review and re-enforcement following discussion. Skype technology was used to include officials from Cayman Brac in the sessions, an innovative solution to avoid prohibitive costs.

The following topics were addressed: history of Swimming and FINA, roles and responsibilities of Officials, stroke rules, rules of racing, timekeeping, role of starter and referee. Practical sessions were also held.


After the clinic, Neil Booth said: "There was a wide range of experience within the candidates from absolute beginner to those with some experience of officiating overseas at Caribbean level of competitions."

"The participation and commitment levels of all were very good with a willingness to work long and hard to increase their knowledge levels," he added.