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Officials

Synchronised Swimming competitions and skill assessments could not run without an army of Technical Officials. These dedicated individuals ensure all competitions and assessments are fair and adhere to FINA, British Swimming and ASA regulations.

On this page you’ll find more information about:

  • Training and licensing of Officials.
  • The use of officials at Synchro competitions/ events.
  • The organisation of training for Synchro Officials, both at a national level by British Swimming, and at regional level.
  • Guidance and downloads for Synchro Regional Managers on how to book and organise a training course.

Training and licensing

If you are interested in training as a Synchro official a full list of all the training courses scheduled for 2015 will be available on this page when confirmed. 

For further details on each individual course, and to download an application form, simply use the links to the left to navigate to the relevant page.

After training and successfully becoming a registered official with British Swimming, you will want to consider whether you need a license. In Synchro the following technical officials are encouraged to become licensed: Referee, National Judge, National Scorer and Presenter. Only licensed technical officials are able to officiate at National level events/ championships.

The Officials Licensing Scheme is administered by the Institute of Swimming (IoS)  - applying for a licence demonstrates that, as well as holding a recognised qualification, you are keeping up-to-date with the rules of the sport.

Registered officials can download the Licence Application form for NEW officials here.

To renew a licence officials need to provide evidence of activity and training as part of their submission, details are included within the Renewal Application form.  Existing Licence holders can RENEW their licence here.

Contemporary Issues

Contemporary Issues is a generic training module that has been introduced across all aquatic disciplines. It is one of the compulsory requirements for all officials renewing a licence. Officials are able to attend a face-to-face workshop, or complete the online CPD. The new module will up-skill and educate technical officials in the following areas:

Understand the need to abide by the British Swimming/ ASA Code of Ethics
Identify procedures for safeguarding children
Understand the meaning and embrace equality and diversity
Understand health and safety considerations
Raise awareness of the aquatic structure and officiating pathways within each discipline

The module can be accessed via the IoS online, and will cost £5.00. The module will take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete.

Click here to find out more information.

Information for promoters

British Swimming and the ASA has a list of Synchronised Swimming Officials who are competent to officiate at National and International events, consisting of Referees, National Judges and National Scorers. All appointments as a Synchronised Swimming Official are made or discontinued at the discretion of the ASA Committee on the recommendation of the Technical Synchronised Swimming Committee (TSSC), on behalf of British Swimming. All officials on the list must be members of affiliated clubs.

Promoters are advised that, in their interests and those of their competitors, the principal officials should be drawn from the list of officials maintained by British Swimming/ ASA, the Regions and other competent bodies. Click here to access contact details for Synchro.

Organisation of training for Synchro officials

In 2012 ASA/ British Swimming introduced a new process for organising officials training courses in all the aquatic disciplines. This was to ensure the consistency and quality of training courses being delivered to discipline officials.

National Courses

In Synchro, the following national courses will be organised through the TSSC, on behalf of British Swimming: National Judge, General Judge, Referee, Chief Recorder, Senior Assessor, Evaluator, Presenter.

Regional Courses

The following courses will be organised at Home Country/ Regional level, in conjunction with the TSSC:  National Scorer, Advanced Assessor, Skill Assessor, Basic Assessor, Basic Judge.

Guidance & downloads for Regional Course Organisers

Synchro Regional Managers may find the following information/ downloads helpful:

Guidelines for Organisers on Course Organisation - a helpful checklist on the organisation process is available here.

Regional Training Course - Booking Form - Complete and return this form to secure your preferred date(s) and publication of the course on the Synchro calendar/ website.

Course Information/ Application Form - Approved templates are available for each training course - these forms are intended to help the course organiser to publish the correct and up to date course details. Click on the relevant course below:

Basic Assessor / Assessor / Advanced Assessor

Basic Judge

National Scorer

Data Protection – all newly qualified officials should be asked to provide information on their data choices by completing and returning this form - click here.

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