More than 110 swimming instructors from clubs around the UAE attended a clinic for swimming coaches conducted by FINA, the world governing body for swimming, at the Emirates Heritage Club on Wednesday.
The day-long event in association with the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the International Swimming Federation of Abu Dhabi was to provide technical staff to obtain international licenses and certificates in swimming.
The clinic was conducted by Australian John Staich of FINA and attended by Abdullah Al Wahaibi, Secretary General of the Emirates Swimming Federation, Mohammed Ahmed Al Rumaithi, ADSC’s representative, Saeed Ali Al Mannai, Director of Activities at the Emirates Heritage Club.
Al Mannai presented the certificates to the participants and a souvenir of appreciation to Staich.
Rashid Al Hosani, Head of Sports Support and Development at ADSC, emphasised the sports council’s efforts to support all sports activities in general and swimming in particular.
“We at the ADSC want to ensure the technical staff in every club are certified trainers,” he said.
“Our objectives are to provide them the opportunities to attend these workshops and enhance their technical levels.”
Al Hosani thanked the UAE Swimming Federation and the International Swimming Federation of Abu Dhabi, and the Emirates Heritage Club for hosting the events.
Abdullah Al Wahaibi, Secretary General of the UAE Swimming Federation, said that the course is part of the Federation's keenness to organize a number of training courses, both in swimming and rescue education and training, to develop swimming instructors and trainers and to familiarize them with the latest international training and rescue systems.
He pointed out that the participants in the course received a certificate of participation from the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and an international certificate issued by the International Federation «Vienna» and is officially approve