The participants were offered an opportunity to become certified in the FINA level 2 course which focuses exclusively on technique in the swimming strokes, starts and turns. FINA is conducting only four swim coach certification courses worldwide this year, including this one in Saint Lucia.
Instructor/Coach Guy Edson, vice president of ASCA (American Swim Coached Association) an ASCA level 5 coach with 30 years of coaching experience, and coaching coordinator of Swim Fast Club in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, delivered the course to 55 coaches, swimmers, parents and administrators from all seven Saint Lucia swim clubs and five overseas Caribbean Islands, (45 Saint Lucia participants and 10 overseas coaches from Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curacao, Grenada & St Vincent & the Grenadines).
Coach Edson’s passion for teaching, swimming and willingness to share his coaching philosophies with other coaches was evident throughout the weekend, as the room was engaged through his storytelling and rich history of the sport, through working with and studying other great coaches, to talking with and studying past and current great swimmers.
As an active coach of developmental and age group swimmers, he showed many photos and video clips of his classes with these young swimmers, interspersed with photos and videos of great swims by Olympians.
He made the content very real and pertinent for our coaches. Very informative, he took care to explain everything, and there was a free flow of information to and fro. Interaction between foreign coaches and our local coaches helped to strengthen bonds and camaraderie.
Of his many stories, Guy shared a coaching method that speaks volumes. He said: “When I coach I put on a cap that says, ‘Life is Good’; I stand up in the middle of the lane, and see if life really is good as I watch my swimmers try to stay aligned.”
In attendance was Ricardo Brice, second vice president of the Saint Lucia Olympic Committee, who is currently actively involved in coaching Cobra Swim Club, as well as Joyce Huxley, treasurer of the SLOC and secretary of SLASA, who was very pleased with the turn out and interest shown by the participants.
SLASA hopes our local coaches as well as those of our sister isles have left motivated and ready to continue aligning their efforts into building a bright future for the next generation of Caribbean swimmers.
SLASA would like to thank all the participants who shared their time and ideas, and FINA for their financial assistance in helping fund courses of this nature on an annual basis.
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