Ricardo Ratto

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Ricardo Ratto was inducted as an Honor Contributor in the Class of 2017 by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame
Ricardo Ratto, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim referee
Ricardo Ratto, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim referee
Ricardo Ratto, Olympic 10K Marathon Swim referee

Professor Ricardo Continentino Ratto is an open water swimming administrator, coach and official from Brazil. He is a FINA-certified international open water swimming referee who officiated the 2012 London Olympics in the Olympic 10km Marathon Swim. He organizes the safety aspects of Travessia dos Fortes, a mass participation race in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro and was a speaker at the 2012 Global Open Water Swimming Conference on the RMS Queen Mary on 22 September 2012 in Long Beach, California. He is also the head referee at the King and Queen of the Sea (Desafio Rei e Rainha do Mar) in Copacabana Beach, Brasil.


• Physical Education Degree – Gama Filho University
• Post Graduated in water activities
• Master Degree in Human Motricity Sciences – Castelo Branco University (incomplete)
• MBA in Sports Management in FGV, RJ
• MBA in Public Administration – FGV

Athletic Life

• Former competitive swimmer and water polo player, achieving several Regional and National Titles
• Surfer for over 30 years, traveling around the world in surf trips to: Brazil, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Argentina, Ecuador, California, Australia, Italy, Japan
Open water swimming competitor for 15 years in Brazil, taking part in several events around the country

Professional Life

• General Director for Community Sports – Rio de Janeiro's Government – from 1999 to 2006 – Developed water sports courses (Swimming, Diving, Syncro, Water Polo, Kayak Polo, Hydro Gym, besides several other land sports, in Maracanã Complex, enrolling over 20.000 people from 6 years old to 80 years old plus
• Physical Education Teacher for Rio de Janeiro's Government for the last 27 years
• Swimming, Water Polo and surfing coach for 30 years, coaching age group and professional athletes of these disciplines that won several Regional, National and International titles
• Swimming and Water Polo Referee from 1988 until 1998
• Open Water Swimming Official for the Brazilian Swimming Federation for the last 20 years. During this period, is in charge to travel around Brazil, promoting OWS events and ministering OWS Clinics to form new Officials for the States Federations
• General Coordinator of LUARSA Sports Events, the Company that holds several contracts with States Federations and the Brazilian Swimming Federation, to develop, promote, organize and consulting OWS events
• Referee in Several International Competition in FINA, UANA and CONSANAT events like Fina 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, 1998, Brasilia 2001 and 2002, Santos in 2007, 2008 and 2010, South American Aquatic Sports Championships in 2002, 2003 and 2008
• Officiating Director and Women`s Referee in the Rio 2007 Pan American Games
• FINA Official since 1999 taking part in 6 World Championships: Fukuoka 2001, Montreal 2005, Melbourne 2007, Seville 2008, Rome 2009, Roberval 2010
• FINA Official representing the Americas in the XXX Olympic Games London 2012
• Translator from English to Brazilian Portuguese of the FINA Open Water Swimming Rules and The FINA OWS Manual – 2006 Edition
• Organizer and Referee of the Travessia dos Fortes, since its first edition, in 2002. During this period, for only 2 times was not the Referee: in 2006 and 2012, when the “mission” was not compatible with Officiating
• Lecturer in several Physical Education Congresses in Brazil covering OWS
• Professor at Physical Education Graduation Course at Famath University, RJ, teaching water activities and Business and Sports Management
• Professor at the Master Degree post Graduating Program of Castelo Branco University, RJ, for OWS discipline
• Consultant for safety in several OWS events
Open water swimming coach, taking part in several FINA Grand Prix races like Hernandarias-Paraná in Argentina, Maratona del Golfo Capri-Napoli in Italy, Sabac Swim Marathon in Serbia, Ohrid Lake Swimming Marathon in Macedonia in 2011. He coached Brazilian Mariana Mello who was the youngest swimmer to finish the longest open water swimming race in the world, 88 km down the river in 11 hours 45 minutes when she was 17 years old.


Ratto was inducted as an Honour Contributor in the Class of 2017 by the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame.

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