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As a swimming club we need lots of volunteers through out the club but we need committed support in one area in particular, Officials. We need officials for all team galas and we are expected to provide officials for Open Meets we attend as well. The more officials we have the better, we can then rotate the responsibility for team galas more fairly.

Being an official also has big advantages on occasion, you get in for free, get refreshments and often a meal at Open Meets and you're that much closer to the action.

If you want to get involved please contact Julie Brear or Veronica Ristov.

What you need to know about becoming a technical official

For every meet the Club enters there is a requirement to provide Officials.

This is usually in the form of timekeepers or judges. If we do not provide enough Officials the Club can be fined or entries rejected. Also, if a Meet does not have enough Officials it may not receive accreditation or could ultimately be cancelled. As a club we have always managed to provide our expected officials but it has become more difficult recently as many of our officials are parents of older swimmers. If a meet goes ahead without the necessary Officials,times will not go on GB Rankings.

We need a constant flow of new parents/grandparents getting involved.

Why do we need Technical Swimming Officials?

Officials are a central part of every swimming event and play an important role in ensuring the events run smoothly, safely and within the sport's regulations.

A number of roles exist within officiating, from Club Timekeeper, Judge 1, Judge 2, Judge 2S and Referee.

How do you become a Swimming Technical Official?

If you are aged 14 years or over, with an interest in swimming - or the enthusiasm to learn! - then you have taken the first step to becoming a Swimming Technical Official.

Firstly you must be a member of the ASA so you are insured for your activity on poolside. The Club will ensure that you are ASA registered when you participate in SO training and we will ask that everyone who goes on poolside for the club has DBS.

The first step on the ladder of officiating is to become a Club Timekeeper. We run courses for up to eight people which consists of a lecture followed by practical experience/assessment of timekeeping on the poolside.

Once the assessment is successfully completed you can officiate on the poolside at any club event but not at Licensed Open Meets.

Once you have reached the age of 15+ then you are eligible to become a Judge 1. This again involves you applying to your District STO Convenor who will advise you of a course start date which will include workshop dates. Material for the course is in the form of a workbook and your Course leader will advise you how this is obtained. The course is in the form of workshops and practical training on poolside with a mentor, there is no examination at the end of the course just a final assessment. Judge 1 qualifies you to be a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper, Relay Takeover Judge and a Turn Judge.

Once you have completed this you are then eligible to continue to Judge 2 which is completed in the same manner. Judge 2 qualifies you to Judge Strokes and Finishes.

Once you have completed this you are then eligible to continue to Judge 2S (Starter) which is completed in the same manner. Judge 2S qualifies you to start.

The last step is to become a Referee, this course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences. It is followed by a formal examination in November after which successful candidates take a final poolside practical assessment leading to qualification as a British Swimming Referee.

Several months are allocated between registration and the formal examination to enable candidates to undertake all the practical experience required to complete the course as well as the theoretical instruction.  It is up to the individual to ensure they volunteer as often as possible to get their log books completed so they can be tested and signed off.