Volunteers training to become Swimming Technical
Officials are to be given an extension to complete their course due
to the coronavirus pandemic.
As one of three home countries, Swim England
adopted a new version of the Judge 1 course in January which had
two distinctive elements – an online theory element followed
by practical sessions.
Once the online theory element had been
completed, candidates had 11 months from the date of the theory
certificate to finish the practical training.
To ensure these who had already started the
‘old’ Judge 1 training were not disadvantaged, it was
agreed candidates had until 31 July 2020 to complete all elements
of the course.
The impact has been reviewed by the British
Swimming Officials Group and the following guidance has been agreed
by all home countries:
Old style Jude 1 course – each
individual will receive an extension equal to the number of months
the sport is not operational plus an additional three months. The
first aspect will be calculated from Friday 20 March, the date when
pools were shut down.
New style Judge 1 course – each
individual will have 11 months from the date of their theory
certificate with an additional extension equal to the length of the
lockdown plus three months. The first aspect will be calculated
from Friday 20 March, the date when pools were shut
Meanwhile, Swim England is encouraging people to
consider starting their training for the Judge 1 course during the
Claire Coleman, Head of Volunteering &
Pathways said: “We recognise that, during this lockdown, our
membership is keen to continue their personal development and we
would encourage anyone to complete the online theory element of
Judge 1. This is a great opportunity to develop an understanding of
the technical side of swimming.
“Anyone who completed the theory during
lockdown will have 11 months from the point competition restarts to
complete their practical elements.
“This start date will be determined by the
Swimming Leadership Group in line with other decisions relevant to
the return to competition.
“All new candidates will receive the
logbook detailing their practical sessions once current
restrictions have been lifted.”