Parent Volunteers - Official/Whites


Training our parent volunteers is a key part of running a successful swimming club. Not only will you gain new qualifications and be able to be poolside during galas but you will also be helping to support our Club. 


We know that for some families a regular commitment is just not possible with family life. We know what a premium spare time is and that is why the roles range in time from an hour to a whole weekend, to at home with some organising or on poolside at a meet. Ultimately, any time you have to offer is gratefully received and makes a huge difference to the whole club. 

Many parents have completed these course and are on hand to talk you through the process and answer any questions you have. 


The first step is to email [email protected] with your interest. The club will then apply for an ASA number for you. Once you have this you can get going. 


Please visit Swim England to have a look  or below is the qualifications in order of progression, beginning with Timekeeping - 


  1. Time Keepers Course – This course is aimed at volunteers who want to get involved as timekeepers at club events. The course is online and involves a 90 minute interactive theory session followed by a practical session to test your new found skills. 


  1. J1 - Swimming Officials Judge 1 Course – This online theory course is the first step on your journey as a swimming judge. It is open to anyone who wants to understand the FINA rules relating to swimming and the process of being a judge. There is also a practical element to the Swimming Officials Judge 1 Course.


  1. J2 - This is the second level of qualification. It encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of Starter. Candidates must a have already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training is made up of formal instruction mentored pool side training with a workbook, followed by a practical assessment. When qualified, candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database. 


  1. J2 (S) Starter - Candidates wishing to qualify as a Starter will be required hold the Judge Level 2 qualification and have completed a minimum of 20 hours post qualification experience as Judge Level 2. Successful candidates will be attributed with the Starter qualification: Judge Level 2.


  1. Referee - The minimum age for training is 19 years providing the candidate is aged 20 years as at 30 November in the year of the theory examination.This course contains theoretical instruction and specified practical experiences. It is followed by a formal examination in November after which successful candidates take a final poolside practical assessment leading to qualification as a British Swimming Referee.Several months have been allocated between registration and the formal examination to enable candidates to undertake all the practical experience required to complete the course as well as the theoretical instruction.Training will consist of a prescribed number of practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment.


A Guide to Swimming Officials Qualifications.pdf

Disqualification Report Form

Judge 1 Workbook






Mentoring Judge Level 2 Stroke Finish issue 1 March 2010

SE East Region Mentoring forms TK Referee

SE East Region Referee Pre briefing Checklist v4 Jan-18


Timekeeper Training Application Form

Swim Safe 2016_ volunteer information and registration form