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How to become a Swimming Official

The Technical & Non-Technical officials at Open Meets/ Galas are volunteers.  Officials (referred to as Technical volunteers) & Recorders, Marshalls and Stewards are all essential to well-run, high quality competitions for our athletes.

Volunteers make a huge contribution everything that happens in our sport.

We encourage athletes, parents and fans to get involved, not just as spectators but as volunteers helping to run events with your technical expertise or by training to become an official.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience, benefiting everyone involved. It builds upon life skills, work skills, confidence and has a positive impact on both the sport and the volunteer.

Swim England announced changes to Swimming Judge Level 1 training from January 2020, 

Time Keeper & Judge 1 Theory course are available online from the Institute of Swimming (IOS). 

The Time Keeper Theory Course will be followed by an assessment before you become a fully qualified Time Keeper.  

After completing Judge 1 Theory candidates are issued with log book and will need to arrange to attend a number of Events (AKA Galas, Meets) at various levels where they are mentored to gain sign off of competencies.

Candidates should note they have 11 months to complete sign off of all competencies & that they must complete at least 3 hours at a Level1/2 meet & 3 hours at a level 3/4 meet. TSC Swimmers in Performance 3 squad & below generally attend Level 3 meets. Middlesex Championships in the January to March are usually level 1 or 2.

We recommend candidates complete the Theory Course so that the County Championships are comfortably within their 11 month window and that they volunteer for at least two sessions at the Championships in case they are not mentored at one of the sessions.

If you have a swimmer attending a meet check the information pack &/or ask the TSC Open Meets team who to contact to arrange Mentoring. Always ask for your attendance to be recorder and if you have been mentored request the Referee signs off the relevant competancy.


Courses for Officials and Volunteers (swimming.org)


All volunteers are registered by the Club as Swim England Support members - to Register please contact [email protected]


When you complete your Theory Course & or Practical assessment as well as uploading the certificate to your Swim England profile, please send us your certificate so we can update club records - either to [email protected]Teddingtonsc.co.uk or [email protected] We can then update Swim England Online Membership System (OMS)  to show you as an Official.


If you need help uploading qualifications to Swim England please let us know.


To understand more about mentoring and sign off please read the folloing Middlesex web page Middlesex County Amateur Swimming Association : Criteria Training Officials @ meet (teamunify.com)


Middlesex have a list of officials and volunteers the contact regading events if you wish to be included in the list - please see the following from Middlesex County Amateur Swimming Association : GDPR Consent form (teamunify.com)


TSC is expected to supply volunteers when entering an Open Meet, County r Regional Competition if you are contacted directly & volunteer always inform [email protected] so the club knows you are attending.


Additional Information 

The document below will provide information regarding the number of hours you'll need to complete post Theory qualification & the levels of meet you need to attend.