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Officials Qualifications & Training

England, Scotland and Wales are in alignment over the training of swimming officials. This means training is standardised across the UK. Read on for details of the demands of each level of training, and the forms to apply.

England, Scotland and Wales have been working towards common standards in the education and training of all swimming officials.

All three Home Countries now use FINA Technical Rules. As such, trained officials are listed as British Swimming Officials. Below is a description of the various training available.

Click here for regional information on organising officials qualifications and training

Timekeeper

This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment.

The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years, and all need to be registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or a member of the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

Judge Level 1

This is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates will be required to undertake some formal theory instruction and gain practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. A course workbook is provided for completion after which there will be a practical assessment.

During the practical assessment candidates will be required to answer questions orally. Upon qualification candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 1 on the British Swimming Database and will be encouraged to become a Licensed Official.

Judge Level 2

This is the second level of qualification. It encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter.

The minimum age to start training is 16 years and candidates must ahave already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training follws a similar format to that of Judge level 1 with formal instruction, mentored pool side training with workbook followed by a practical assessment.

When qualified, candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database.

Judge Level 2S- Starter

Candidates wishing to qualify as a Starter will be required hold the Judge Level 2 qualification and have completed a minimum of 20 hours post qualification experience as Judge Level 2.

Training will consist of a prescribed number of practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment.

Successful candidates will be attributed with the Starter qualification: Judge Level 2S

Referee

The minimum age for training is 19yrs providing the candidate is aged 20yrs as at 30th November in the year of the theory examination. In addition candidates must have proven poolside experience at Judge Level 1 and Judge Level 2 and must also have been qualified as Judge Level 2S for at least 1 year with a minimum of 10 hours post qualification experience in that role at the time of application.

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 have been 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.

Application forms must be submitted by 31 December of the previous year to allow sufficient time for completion of training in preparation for the November examination.

Examination dates:

  • 10 May 2014 (for resits only) 
  • 1 November 2014 (formal exam)

Open Water

Click here if you are looking for information on organising or qualifying as an open water official.

Contact your Regional Organiser for further information

ASA East Midlands
Mr T Bream
Tel: 01604 499469

ASA North West
Mr M Davies
Tel:01270 750512

ASA East
Mr D Metcalf
Tel: 01234 825289

ASA South East
Mr R Prior
Tel: 01753 852 553

ASA London
Mrs A van Beukelen
Tel: 020 8942 2634

ASA South West
Mrs J Beard 
Tel: 01202 533212

ASA North East
Mr F Murray
Tel: 0191 270 2661

ASA West Midland
Mr I Lamb
Tel: 07711 211049

SASA East District
Mr A McRoberts
Tel: 0131 445 4010

SASA Midland District 
M C Wilkinson
Tel: 01356 648258

SASA North District
Mr K Patterson
Tel: 01224 706404

SASA West District
Mr S Finlayson
Tel: 01560 482049

WASA North
Mr  I Austerberry
Tel:

WASA South East
Mrs E Edwards
Tel:01873 832017

WASA West
Mr M Noble
Tel: 01545 570 888

 

The importance of insurance

All clubs, promoters and competition organisers are reminded that, for insurance purposes, all those officiating on poolside at any competition must be registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or a member of the Institute of Swimming.

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