Building Diving Judges expertise with world-class event in Edinburgh (GBR)

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A FINA Diving Judges Certification course was organised in conjunction with the FINA/Midea Diving World Series, taking place in Edinburgh (GBR) from April 19-21, 2013 with FINA TDC member Michael Geissbuehler (SUI) and sub-committtee member Frans van de Konijnenburg (NED) training 10 participants. The course is divided in two parts, theory and practical sessions, with a written examination and practical evaluations in the end.

Hayley Sage from England, whose father is officiating at the World Series in Edinburgh, is taking part in her first FINA certification course: "I used to be an athlete so it really helps to having this school to go in-depth with the rules because it's quite different when you see it as an athlete, feeling and doing the dives, and when you're a judge watching the dives; there's lots of elements to the dive that you won't necessarily know how it is judged as a diver."

"We've had the chance during this course to study all parts of the dives that are judged. It really helps to progress my judging skills as well to officiate at the top level," Hayley added.

Peter Smith, a diving judge from Scotland, is also attending the FINA certification course for the first time: "It's about gaining the experience of judging a higher level because where I come from it's just a small club with a small pool and it's a whole different level of diving. So for people like me to come here and see the top level of diving is a great chance to judge them and see what's happening at the top level of diving and all the new dives they are doing. Sometimes we lose touch with that because we don't often see competitions at this level."

"I can take a lot of that experience and knowledge back to my home club and use that to help develop diving back there," Peter continued.

The participants with their lecturers, Mr. van de Konijnenburg and Mr. Geissbuehler, in Edinburgh

Michael Geissbuehler, FINA TDC member said: "At present, the majority of National Federations active in diving have certified judges. A judge needs a lot of experience to be able to judge at high level competitions."

"We try to have the best judges from all continents to give a chance to the athletes and coaches that they are judged in the best way. Because in the sport of diving, it is the judges who are doing the result," Geissbuehler recalled.

The FINA Diving Certifications are for experienced judges either taking the course for the first time or seeking to renew their FINA Diving Judges Certification.