Swimming Coaches clinic makes a splash in Nu'ukolofa (TGA)

Development News

A successful swimming Coaches (beginner) clinic was organised on the South Pacific island of Tonga, in Nu'ukolofa from April 10-17, 2012. Swimming coaching and teaching in Tonga is developing at a rapid rate with the assistance of a very dedicated group of volunteers led by Ella Mawdsley, Capacity Support Officer Tonga Association of Sport & National Olympic Committee and Secretary General of Tonga Swimming Rochelle Sineanganofo.

Warm weather, light sea breezes and big smiles were the order of the day as 32 participants turned up each day for the clinic conducted by Australian swimming coach and instructor Chris Smith.

As swim teaching and coaching in the Kingdom of Tonga is at its infancy the clinic was designed to give volunteers, school teachers and community group representatives an understanding of ‘the learn to swim process’ which included infant aquatics,  basic learn-to-swim skills and stroke development sessions.

Theory presentations detailed swim teaching methodology and pedagogy over the first two days. The following two days comprised of practical teaching and stroke development sessions.

The last day of the clinic was held at The New Zealand High Commission pool where a large group of participants, families including infants and young learn-to-swim students turned up for a day of practical teaching. A most enjoyable and educational time was had by all.