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STEP 1 – I am new to officiating – which course do I do first?

If you are new to officiating there are two different initial course options for you to choose from.

1.       Timekeeper

2.       British Swimming Judge Level 1


So what’s the difference?


The Timekeeper award is an introduction into the world of officiating and is ideal for young leaders helping at school competitions. The recommended age for the course is 14 years old. The course costs approximately £25 for up to 10 people, and course tutors can be arranged through the ASA. Alternatively by contacting our regional co-ordinators we can find a course already running near you for you to attend.  

The course is approximately 2 ½ hours, with the first one hour session introducing the Timekeeper role and the rules governing the taking and recording of official times, with the second hour comprising of a poolside session to put the theory into practice. The next step following the Timekeeper would be Judge Level 1, however having already become a Timekeeper, you will have covered a large section of the course! If you are under the age of 15 this is the perfect course for you and a head start in preparation for your Judge 1!


British Swimming Judge Level 1

This is the first level of the British Qualification covering the role of Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. You can register for your Judge Level 1 when you are 15 however you must have turned 16 years of age before your final assessment.

The course takes around six hours of group work and 10 hours of poolside work with self-study and a practical assessment to complete the course. The price of the course is £8.00 per candidate. You will be pleased to know there is no formal  examination with this qualification, but you will have to satisfactorily answer questions in the course workbook and will be asked a few questions whilst you are completing your practical. 

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