Officials Information

Swimming Technical officials 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.

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.

Our Officials Co-ordinators Gary Tunstall can be contacted by email [email protected], if you are interested in volunteering.  Please join our team of qualified officials, the more officials/judges we have, the more the work can be distributed evenly.


This 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 followed by a practical assessment.

The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years, and all need to be registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or member of the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

Judge Level 1

This is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns.

The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates will be required to undertake some formal 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 candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 1 on the British Swimming Database and will be encouraged to become a Licensed Official.

Judge Level 2

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.

The minimum age to start training is 16 years and candidates must a have already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training follows a similar format to that of Judge level 1 with formal instruction, mentored pool side training with workbook followed by a practical assessment.

When qualified, candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database.

Judge Level 2S - 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.

Training will consist of a prescribed number of practical experiences as a Starter before undertaking a formal practical assessment.

Successful candidates will be attributed with the Starter qualification: Judge Level 2S


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.

Application forms must be submitted by 31 December of the previous year to allow sufficient time for completion of training in preparation for the November examination.

More information can be found at:

Swimming Competitions


Every Team Event we attend SISC have to provide at least 3 of the following officials:


2 x timekeepers and 1 x Judge Level 1

Every Open Meet we attend SISC are expected to provide at least 2 officials:

            2 x min Judge Level 1

Open meets are also a great opportunity for anyone in training to receive mentoring from experienced officials.

SISC Support staff such as team managers are required at Open Meets and Team Events. At Club Champs, Announcers, Refreshments Organiser, 2 x Stewards and 2 x Results Collators are required. Support Staff are essential to the smooth and timely running of every event and the more volunteers the club have the easier all these events are to manage.


Team Managers

Parents can come involved with the club by volunteering to help Team Manager at Open meets and Team events.

Please contact Zoe Dickson if you are interested [email protected]

All training will be provided, volunteers need to have a valid DBS with SISC and be willing to attend a Safeguarding session (approx 3 hours, renewed every 3 years), plus a Swim England Team Manager 1 course (completed once approx 2.5hours).  These courses are run virtually so can be done from home.

A Team Managers role is to support the Coach and swimmers during open and team meets.  They will ensure swimmers are in the right place at the right time.  They offer support and encouragement to swimmers whilst they are waiting to swim.

It’s a great way to support the club, swimmers and coaches whilst still being able to watch the swimmers compete.