The role of a synchro referee is to oversee the control of a synchronised swimming competition, making sure all aspects of the event run smoothly and follow FINA rules.
New referees should be recommended by their ASA region to undertake synchro referee training which consists of a five hour training course and examination.
Following successful completion of the training day and examination, a mentor will be appointed to successful candidates to provide support at their first event. After ratification of the results by the ASA Synchronised Swimming Management Group, the qualification will be added to the Database of Registered Officials.
The qualification as a referee will be valid for four years, subject to attending any refresher/ updating sessions required due to the introduction of new FINA rules over this period.
A referee must re-qualify every four years by attending either a national or general judge training course which includes all the new FINA updates or a referee training course.
Becoming A Synchro Referee
There are synchro referee courses taking place across the country each year.
All candidates on a referee training course must be an existing national or general judge, a current ASA member and over 18.
Head to our dedicated Courses Calendar to search for an upcoming synchro referee training course near you.
After training to become a synchro referee with the ASA, successful candidates are encouraged to apply for a British Swimming Synchro Officials License.
The Licence lasts for four years and helps the ASA ensure the sport of synchronised swimming benefits from the highest possible standards.
To renew your license, you must satisfy a number of criteria and pass various modules. Only licensed technical officials are able to officiate at national synchronised swimming events or championships and holding a license demonstrates that you are maintaining and upgrading your skills and knowledge of the game.
Run A Training Course
National referee training courses in England are organised and run by the ASA Synchronised Swimming Management Group.
Please contact your synchro regional manager if you have any questions about running a referee training course.