Swimming Technical Officials (STOs) are volunteers who are vital to the running of swimming meets. Swimming meets cannot run without them and with enough TO’s a L1, L2 or L3 accreditation is ensured. They are a central part of every swimming event and play an important role in ensuring the events run smoothly, safely and within the sport’s regulations. A number of roles exist within officiating, including timekeeper, recorder, Judge 1, Judge 2, Judge 2S, Referee and Automatic Officiating Equipment (AOE) Operator. To become a Technical Official no swimming experience is required.
TIMEKEEPER: This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. To become a Timekeeper the course covers practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment. The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years, and the candidate will need to be registered member of our club.
JUDGE LEVEL 1: This is the first level of British qualification. It covers the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. The minimum age to start training is 15 years. You will be required to undertake some theory instruction and gain practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. A course workbook is provided for completion after which there will be a practical assessment. During the practical assessment candidates will be required to answer questions orally. Upon qualification you will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 1 on the British Swimming Database.
JUDGE LEVEL 2: This is the second level of qualification. It covers the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter. The minimum age to start training is 16 years and candidates must ahave already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training follows a similar format to that of Judge level 1 with theory instruction, mentored pool side training with workbook followed by a practical assessment. When qualified, you will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database.
JUDGE LEVEL 2 STARTER: To qualify as a Starter you will be required hold the Judge Level 2 qualification and have completed a minimum of 20 hours post qualification experience as Judge Level 2. Training will be again be similar to that of Level 1 and 2 and including practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment. When qualified you will be attributed with the Starter qualification.
JUDGE LEVEL 2 REFEREE: The minimum age for training is 19 years providing you are aged 20 years as at 30th November in the year of the theory examination. In addition you must have proven poolside experience at Judge Level 1 and Judge Level 2 and must also have been qualified as Judge Level Starter for at least 1 year with a minimum of 10 hours post qualification experience in that role at the time of application. This course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences. It is followed by a examination in November after which you will take a final poolside practical assessment leading to qualification as a British Swimming Referee.