Swimming classifier, technical official training offered

Courses will be run in Berlin, Germany, before the World Para Swimming World Series in July. 04 Apr 2017
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ⒸLuc Percival

World Para Swimming is calling for classifiers and technical officials who want to take the next step in the sport to apply for courses being run ahead of the World Series in Berlin, Germany, in July.

A level 2 physical impairment classifier training will run from 29 June – 1 July whilst a level 4 technical officials programme will take place from 4-9 July (with successful participants acting as technical officials during the competition days on 6-9 July) .

The deadline for applications to both courses is 11 April, 2017.

Supported by the development arm of the International Paralympic Committee, the Agitos Foundation, the Foundation for Global Sports Development and Behinderten- und Rehabilitations- Sportverband Berlin e.V., participants will have access to experts from the world of Para swimming.

Technical officials who apply must hold a World Para Swimming level 1 (online) and 2 technical officials programme certificate or equivalent from their National Paralympic Committee (NPC) or National Federation (NF). They must also hold a FINA member federation certification with a minimum qualification as Judge of Stroke.

Competency in English; proof of experience as a National Technical Official; the desire to serve as an International Technical Official and a recommendation from their NPC or NF are also essential.

For the level 2 physical impairment classifier training, applicants need to have completed the World Para Swimming level 1 online course online before 29 June. A voucher code to access the level 1 course will be provided by World Para Swimming upon selection to the programme. They should also have a specific interest in Para swimming and want to become a National Classifier in their country of residence.

They should be a certified health professional or have extensive coaching or other relevant background in the sport. Trainees with a recognised and reputable academic qualification which encompasses a requisite level of anatomical, biomechanical and sport-specific expertise will also be considered. NPC/NF endorsement is recommended.

Applications can be made at World Para Swimming’s website.

More information about the outcomes and content of the courses can be found here.

The World Series in Berlin from 6-9 July is the last major event ahead of the Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming World Championships, which run from 29 September – 6 October.