Swimming Technical officials (STOs) 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.
Following a meeting of the British Swimming
Officials Group at the end of November 2011 several changes have
been agreed in relation to the requirements for training as
Technical Officials. This mainly surrounds consolidation of training
through experience before commencing to train at the next level.
A summary of the requirements for implementation from 1st January
Timekeeper - minimum age 14 years to commence training and
Judge level 1 – minimum age for training 15 years, final
assessment minimum age 16 years.
Judge level 2 – Proven post
qualification experience as Judge Level 1 and a minimum age
for training 16 years.
Judge level 2S – a minimum of 20 hours post qualification
experience as Judge Level 2 before training commences.
Referee – minimum age for training 19 years providing the
candidate will be 20 years as at the 30th November in
year of the examination. The candidate must be qualified as Judge
Level 2S for a minimum of 1 year and have a minimum of 10 hours
experience as a Judge level 2S.
There is an expectation that before you progress
to the next level of Technical Official that you will gain at least
6 months of poolside experience, that is evidenced in your logbook,
in your new qualification.
So you meet the age requirements; please read on.
The next steps.
Make sure that you are registered with the ASA;
your club will arrange this for you.
Complete the British Swimming Officials training
Send your completed
form with payment to the County Co-ordinator [Chris Hobbs], by
cheque made payable to the ASA.
Once the application form and payment have been
processed a course leader will be allocated by the County
Candidates will be invited to an “Initial Group
Session” with their course leader and other candidates.
The course leader will supply the course specific workbook and the
“Extracts of ASA Laws and Regulations and ASA Technical Rules” and
DVD of the FINA J1 Rules.
Candidates will then be asked to gain practical
experience by the mentoring process at a variety of galas, not just
level 1. 2 and 3 licenced galas. There are inter-club galas,
National swimming league, Sussex League and club championships and
Planning is essential in gaining mentored
poolside experience to evidence the required competencies. Always
ask in advance, it may not always be possible. Always have your
workbook with you to be signed by the
mentor and the Referee at the end of the session.
A debrief of the
session with the candidate and mentor is advised and this can be
either at the end of the session, if time permits telephone or by
A new aide memoir is to be completed for each
mentored session, with the following information at the top of each
page. These must be retained as they form a part of your training
experience can be gained outside Sussex; however, there is an
expectation that the majority of your mentored poolside experience
will be within Sussex.
There is no rush to
“sign off” all the competencies as soon as possible; a wide
range of experience makes a better official.
As all candidates will
have different levels of experience as trainee officials and being
mentored the “Intermediate Group Session” and “Workbook Completion
Session” will take place by mutual agreement between the Course
Leader and the candidate[s], this may be as a small group, on an
individual basis when they are officiating or if not seen then
perhaps by telephone contact / email.
To be eligible for a practical assessment the
candidate MUST have completed;
Initial Group session with their course
Intermediate Group session with their course
Workbook completion Group session with their
All the competencies evidenced and signed off
by a mentor and referee
questions completed and discussed with Course Tutor.
Prior to the practical
assessment the candidate MUST present their workbook to the assessor
for examination and if not completed then the assessment will need
to be rearranged.
that can show that they have successfully evidenced all the required
competencies that have been signed off by a mentor and a referee;
and all the workbook questions have been completed will be allowed
to proceed with the practical assessment.
When you and your
course leader believe you are ready for a practical assessment you
will be able to select a gala that you would like to be assessed at,
make sure you apply to the Referee or Promoter in advance.
It is desired that all
Sussex candidates have their practical assessment in Sussex. But if
practical assessment is arranged out of County then the candidate
must be informed that they will also be required to complete again
in Sussex; the candidate to be informed by their Course Tutor in
advance of starting the Course.
After their practical
assessment the candidate will be notified of the outcome by County
Co-ordinator of the result. The County Co-ordinator will then inform
the ASA of this achievement as well as the Swimming Hon. Secretary
so that the candidate’s details can then be placed into the Sussex
will need to licence with the Institute of Swimming, as only
licenced officials are able to act as officials at level 1, 2 and 3
licenced galas. The necessary forms will be given to the successful
candidates by the County Co-ordinator for completion.
Once you have qualified, there is no need to rush
to the next level; gain experience and enjoy officiating.
Below is a list of helpful information
Judge Level 1 Syllabus
Record of Mentoring Judge 1
Judge Level 2 Syllabus
Record of Mentoring Judge 2
Judge Level 2S Syllabus
Record of Mentoring Judge 2S
Record of Mentoring Timekeeping
Record of Mentoring
Mentoring Action Plans
Swimming Officials Log Book
Notes to open FINA dvd
Poster for Officials
If you would like more information about becoming a STO you can
contact our County Official’s Coordinator,
Mrs. C Hobbs.
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