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Swim England Technical Officials

Welcome to the officials section of the volunteering site. Here you will find all the information you need to know about becoming a technical official and details about the pathway for all aquatic disciplines; diving, open water, swimming, artistic swimming and water polo.

Technical officials are integral to the success of our events and growth of our sport. They help create a positive event experience for all competitors by ensuring they are safe and fair, and are present at all levels of competition and in all aquatic disciplines. Through the various aquatic discipline officials’ education programmes, Swim England aim to develop a highly skilled and confident support network who display consistency across the regions and counties. Providing all officials the opportunity to develop from club to regional to national/international officiating.

For general enquiries email [email protected]

Why become an official?

Technical officials deliver an essential role within our sport and without them we simply wouldn’t be able to host competitions at any level! We rely on qualified officials who ensure all competitions are conducted in a fair and safe manner and that athletes comply with the rules of the sport. With hundreds of events every year and a variety of roles, there is something for everyone, ranging from local and regional events, right up to national or international competitions.

How to get involved?

There are two different start points to get involved in Swim England officiating and we recommend you follow the steps below:

  1. Talk to your club about what needs they have and what training opportunities are available.
  2. If you are not already a member of a club email [email protected] to help you find a local club.

Officiating & the Aquatic Disciplines

Each discipline has its own unique Technical Officials Education Programme, for more information on getting started go to the Sport specific volunteering opportunities section on the Volunteer Training and Development page:



All officials must be registered members of both Swim England and their club. Existing Swim England members are able to access courses without any changes to their membership status. If you are unsure whether or not you have Swim England membership, please click here to access our Membership check .

If you are not a member and would like join Swim England, please contact your club Membership Secretary or Club Secretary who will be able to support you through the membership process.

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