Biannually, all member nations are invited to submit the names of National Referees for consideration to the FINA List. Selection to the FINA List is the highest recognition conveyed on a Referee. On the Swim Ireland Official Pathway, FINA Referees attain a Level 5 qualification.
Swim Ireland nominate candidates to the list on the basis of:
- Commitment and performance at SI competitions.
- Experience gained at home and at meets in the UK.
- Delivery of professional standards at all level meets within the Swim Ireland competition programme.
To be in line for consideration, one must have served as a National Referee and been the Lead Referee for a minimum of one National Championship Meet. Served for a period on the Pre-FINA List gaining experience of working at meets in the UK.
We are delighted to announce that Club Member, Mary Haughney was accepted on to the FINA List #20 which came into effect on 1st January 2019 and will remain effective until 31st December 2022. Referees, Starters, Judges of Stroke and Inspector of Turns for all European, Junior & Senior, World Junior & Senior and potentially the Olympic Games are selected from this panel of Referees & Starters.
Mary first began officiating when her children were swimming with the club (early 2000) and progressed up through the ranks, becoming a National Referee in 2013. She has been Referee at numerous Club, Regional and National events and was the Lead Referee at IAGDiv2 2017, Irish Open 2018 and Irish Short Course 2018. She was worked at international meets in Swansea, Manchester and Berlin.
In addition, Mary is a SI Mentor and Assessor to Officials, and is the SI Regional Lead for the development of Officials in the Munster.
She is a SI Officials Tutor and delivers Level 1 & 2 Official Courses. This is a tremendous honour for Mary and for our Club and we wish her success in her new role.
The Swim Ireland Club Day & CCO Forum takes place on Saturday 23 March 2019 at the Absolute Hotel Limerick. Registration is from 9.30am with the both workshops running from 10am – 1.30pm (lunch will be provided at 1.30pm)
The Club Development Day will focus on the Coach/Committee relationship and will be integral to help us identify supports we can offer and to formulate up a partnership agreement which clubs can individually tailor as circumstances are unique.
These workshops are free and interactive so I would ask that clubs engage with these and have as many coach and committee members attend. They can book directly on the links below.
Club Development Day – Coach/ Committee Relationship
The results to our recent Masters Gala can now be found on the Masters Events & Results Page.
There will be a Level 1 Blended Coaching course taking place at University of Limerick on Friday 8th, 9th and 16th March 2019.
Those wishing to part take will need to be Garda Vetted and have done a Safeguarding 1 workshop. The vetting form, parental consent form and a flow chart which explains the process are attached below.
The time constraints are tight so anyone participating would need to apply for the Garda Vetting immediately (instructions are on the form).
Level 1 Blended Assistant Swimming Coach
This course is designed for anyone who is interested in starting a career as a Swim Ireland Level 1 Assistant Swimming Coach or wants to assist a Swim Ireland level 2 Swimming Coach.
Successful completion of the course will qualify you to become a Swim Ireland Level 1 Assistant Swimming Coach which enables you to actively support a qualified Swimming Coach in the delivery of a pre-prepared session.
You must be at least 15 years of age by the start of the course. Hold a valid Safeguarding certificate and have completed Swim Ireland vetting.
There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification although we strongly recommend that you have current knowledge and some practical experience of assisting with swimming lessons.
This is a Blended Learning programme which means that candidates’ complete part of the theory online. Candidates complete all e-learning elements prior to attending the face-to-face days.
Within 48 hours of booking we will send you an email with details of how to login to our Swim Training and Education Platform (STEP). You will have until 72 hours before the first face to face date to successfully complete your online learning.
*Please read carefully through the other details on the page so you know what this course entails.*
Course Duration: 20 hours
Breakdown of hours: Blended
- 12 Hours Theory
- 8 Hours Practical (6 of which are lessons)
Dates and start times for face to face course days:
Friday 8th March 3pm – 9.30pm
Saturday 9th March 7.45am – 5pm
Sunday 16th March 7.45am – 2.15pm
Tutor: Brendan McGrath
Cost: €375 (exclusive of credit/debit card payment surcharge of 2%)
This is a blended learning course consisting of:
Covering the theoretical elements of the course. You will be expected to complete the online learning assessment before attending the face to face course days. You will need access to a computer/tablet and Internet access to complete your online learning. The purpose of assessment is to ensure that effective learning has taken place.
To achieve this qualification, you will be expected to complete the online theory test where you will be required to achieve 100% in the online test before you can proceed to the face-to-face course.
Delivered by an experienced Swim Ireland tutor during which you will put the theory that you have learnt into practice.