Swim England London

Aquatic sports in the London region

Become a qualified and licensed Open Water Official

Would you like to stand on the side of a beautiful lake on a lovely sunny day instead of a hot pool? Fancy doing something a little different? Why not train to become a qualified licensed open water official!

Whilst the sunny weather can’t be guaranteed, Swim England would like to acknowledge the skills and understanding pool swimming officials have which would be used in open water swimming.

Swim England would like swimming officials to consider applying for a place on their bespoke course which will take place in Loughborough on 17 May 2020.

This Open Water Officials’ Bridging Course will comprise of:

  • One day, face-to-face delivery, which will be a mix of seminars and skills practice through the use of videos
  • One day attending your Regional Open Water Championships, where officials roles will be signed off by a mentor.


Once you have qualified as Level 1 official and applied for an open water licence, you can volunteer to officiate at the National Open Water Championships.

If you would like to apply, please click on the below link and fill in the short application form:

Open Water Officials’ Bridging Course application form

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]