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Theory element of Judge 1 training course hailed as 'huge success'

The new online theory element of the Judge 1 training course for volunteers training to become Swimming Technical Officials has been hailed as a ‘huge success’.

Since lockdown began in March through to the end of August, more than 170 candidates have completed their online training.

The course, developed by the Institute of Swimming and working in partnership with Swim England and British Swimming, was moved online to help improve the recruitment of Judge 1 Technical Officials.

Many volunteers have taken up the opportunity, with Swim England Volunteering Manager Sarah Darragh saying volunteers ‘remain at the heart’ of a return to action.

“The uptake has been incredible, especially during such uncertain times,” she added.

“It has proven to be a real asset in retaining our volunteers and increasing the opportunity to have more qualified technical officials when events come into play again in the future.

“Volunteer membership has been rising during the lockdown period, showing there is a real commitment to supporting Swim England and members through this emergence phase and back to training and regular activity – and volunteers will remain at the heart of that return.”

Continued development

The theory module supports volunteers to understand the roles of timekeeper, chief timekeeper, inspector of turns and chief inspector of turns.

Those who completed their theory during lockdown then have 11 months from the date competition restarts to complete the practical elements of the course.

Swim England Head of Development, Claire Coleman, said: “This course has been a huge success and has allowed a great opportunity for continued development throughout lockdown.

“We look forward to everyone being able to complete the practical aspects of their training when it is safe to do so.

“Until then, we continue to encourage anyone who wants to learn more about technical officiating to complete the online theory element of Judge 1.”

To access the online module please visit the Institute of Swimming’s Judge 1 Theory course information page.

For other enquiries, please contact the Swim England Volunteering Team.