Swimming technical officials (STOs) are a central part of every swimming event and play an important role in ensuring the event run smoothly, safely and within the sport’s regulations.  Officials are essential to well-run, high quality competitions for our athletes.

Officials do not need to be experienced swimmers or have a competitive background. Everything that you need to know to work as an official is provided in the training programme. Training is standardised across the UK.

There are five levels of technical officials with each one a progression. For the latest information please visit the British Swimming Officials webpage.

The first level is Timekeepr which is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session, which can be delivered face to face or undertaken online, followed by a demonstration of practical competence. Further details can be found here.

J1 Training Information

J2 Training Information                  J2 + J2S Workbook (V5)            Update (March 2023) for V5 Workbook 

J2S (Starter) Training Information

Referee Training Information


Useful Links:

License Renewal

Contemporary Issues Course

British Swimming Officials Newsletter

Update – World Aquatics Rules 2023-2025. Details of the new rules can be found here

Lots of useful documents and links for Officials can be found on the Useful Information Page



Role Name Email
ONB Officials’ Coordinator Karen Underwood [email protected]
ONB Officials’ Admin Felicity Govan  [email protected]
South East Region Officials’ Coordinator  George Adamson [email protected]