Wednesday, October 8, 2008

California Open Water Swimming Clinics

John Dussliere, coach of Olympian marathon swimmer Mark Warkentin, and Jay Thomas, a FINA-certified official, gave a 2-hour open water swimming presentation at the Southern California Swimming Fall Clinic to 175 officials, coaches and parents.

Dussliere, who designed and produced the creative feeding sticks used by USA Swimming's Olympic and national open water swimmers, explained open water swimming on the national and international level and Warkentin's Olympic 10K training and preparations.

Thomas covered the rules and procedures of domestic and international FINA World Cup competitions and gave an open water swimming officiating clinic with specific training in Timekeeping and the responsibilities of Finish Judges, Turn Judges, Clerk of Course Assistants and Assistant Referees.

Their next presentation will be in Napa Valley, California in January, 2009.

Photo shows Dussliere (middle) at the 2008 World Open Water Swimming Championships with fellow British and Australian open water swimming coaches.

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