La Fédération d’Haïti, l’Association de Natation Haïtienne et de Sauvetage

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Dr. Evenel Mervilus (left), chairman of La Fédération d’Haïti, l’Association de Natation Haïtienne et de Sauvetage, with its national team coach (right) at the 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Doha, Qatar

noun - La Fédération d’Haïti, l’Association de Natation Haïtienne et de Sauvetage (FHSAS) (or the Haitian Aquatic Sports and Life Saving Federation) is the national governing body of swimming in Haïti, that was founded in 1994 under the auspices of the Haitian Olympic Committee (Comité Olympique Haïtien) and is currently led and managed by Chairman Dr. Evenel Mervilus and Secretary Dr. Mendelssohn Maurice.

In 2014, Haiti was approved to become a member of FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation), as the 204th member national governing body. In 2013, FHSAS became affiliated with the International Life Saving Federation (Fédération internationale de sauvetage) as its 170th member nation.


Haiti, officially the Republic of Haïti (République d'Haïti), is on the western, smaller part of Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Greater Antilles that it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is the third largest country in the Caribbean behind Cuba and the Dominican Republic (the latter shares a 360-km (224 mile) border with Haiti). Haiti at its closest point is about 45 nautical miles (83 km; 52 miles) away from Cuba and comprises the horseshoe-shape peninsula and because of this, it has a disproportionately long coastline and is second in length (1,771 km or 1,100 miles) in the Greater Antilles.

The country lies mostly between latitudes 18° and 20°N (Tortuga island lies just north of 20°), and longitudes 71° and 75°W. Haiti's terrain consists mainly of rugged mountains interspersed with small coastal plains and river valleys. The climate is tropical, with some variation depending on altitude. In addition, Haiti also occupies small satellite islands known for tourists, including; Île-à-Vache (Cow Island), which includes Port Morgan and Abaka Bay resorts. In French, the country's nickname is La Perle des Antilles (The Pearl of the Antilles), because of its natural beauty. It is the most mountainous nation in the Caribbean and the country's highest point is Pic la Selle, at 2,680 metres (8,793 ft).

By area and population, Haiti is the third largest Caribbean nation (after Cuba and the Dominican Republic), with 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi), roughly the size of the U.S. state of Hawaii or the country of Belgium and an estimated 9.9 million people; about a million of whom live in the capital city of Port-au-Prince.

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