Swim England London

Aquatic sports in the London region


Regional swimming events organised by Swim England London could not run without the help of a large number of volunteers; either qualified ‘officials’ who fill roles as referees, starters, timekeepers or judges, as well as event volunteers who assist in the operation of the meet through in a wide variety of roles. Without the vital support of our volunteers who support our meets, these events would not be able to take part.

To get involved with our Swim England London events please visit our Swimming Competitions page to find information about our events and contacts to get involved.


Becoming an official allows you to get involved in swimming competitions at a close and personal level. It is much more enjoyable than sitting on a hot balcony!

Typically an official will start work at their local club, usually starting as a timekeeper. From there they can start to become qualified, working their way via courses and gala experience from J1, J2, J2S and ultimately on to being a qualified referee. We can provide advice on the best way to proceed.

Judge Level 1 Training

Swim England will launch the new Swimming Judge Level 1 Online course from Monday 27th January 2020. Those interested should use the above link to register.

The cost for the course is £20.00 which also includes the License fee once the trainee qualifies as a Judge Level 1.

  • Payment for the Judge Level 1 course can be by card by the individual or by a pre-paid voucher purchased by clubs.
  • The theory section consists of on-line modules, all of which must be successfully completed before any poolside mentoring can be undertaken.
  • An e-certificate will be issued on completion of the on-line modules which must be uploaded onto the Members Options section at swimming.org. Certificates uploaded by noon Monday will ensure workbook is dispatched that week. A photograph must also be uploaded.

For further information about the above course, or for any general information about getting started as an offical, please contact one of the Swim England London Region/County contacts below.

Officials contacts in London

Swim England London Regional Swimming Officials Coordinator (who is the Representative for London on the Swim England Swimming Officials Group committee- SOG)Ralph Shortland hs.officer@londonswimming.orgy
County Coordinator for clubs in Surrey that are affiliated to Swim Englan LondonDiane Gamble dianegamble43@gmail.com
County Coordinator for clubs in Kent that are affiliated to Swim England LondonJohn Burdett johnburdett68@gmail.com
County Coordinator for clubs in Essex that are affiliated to Swim England LondonLisa Richards lisarichards597@aol.com
County Coordinator for clubs in Middlesex that are affiliated to Swim England LondonRalph Shortland lhs.officer@londonswimming.org