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STEP 4 – I have my Judge 1, how do I progress?

Once you have completed your British Swimming Judge Level 1 there is a clear progression pathway you can follow in order to gain greater knowledge and experience, eventually becoming a British Swimming Referee. Each course must be completed in succession. As the holder of a Judge Level qualification you are then eligible to officiate at Level 1 and 2 licensed meets, it is also the minimum qualification needed to apply to officiate at National events.

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Judge Level 1 Judge Level 2 Starter Referee


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Judge Level 2

Judge Level 2 is the second level of qualification following your Judge 1 and covers the following additional roles, Finish Judge, Stroke Judge. You must be 16 in order to start the training. You will have practical experiences on poolside – approximately 8 hours of poolside mentoring, 3 theory sessions and you will be required to complete a course workbook. There will be a practical assessment, 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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You must have completed your Judge Level 2 and gained 20 hours experience as a Judge 2 before you go on to become a starter. This course will cover the theory and practical aspect of starting, you must be 16 years of age before taking the course. Training to become a qualified ASA Starter would include a maximum of 3 theory sessions, approximately 10 hours poolside mentoring following by a final assessment practical. There is again the requirement to complete questions in the course workbook.

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British Swimming Referee is the highest level of officiating qualification. This would enable you to be in control of a gala. The different sessions you will undertake would slowly introduce the different parts of Refereeing, followed by a final practical assessment and a 2 hour 15 minutes written exam paper. You can register to start the Referee training at 19; however you must have turned 20 by the 30th November in the year of the course. You must have been a qualified Starter for a minimum of 1 year along with 10 hours experience.

Several months have been allocated between registration and the formal examination so that you have plenty of time to get all of the practical experience required. Hence application forms must be submitted by 31st of December to take the exam the following November.

For more information on any of the above courses, follow this link to the British Swimming Officials Website.

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