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.
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. 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.
All three Home Countries now use FINA Technical Rules. As such, trained officials are listed as British Swimming officials.
If you would like more information about becoming a STO you can contact our County Official’s Coordinator, Chis Hobbs.
Five steps to becoming a swimming official
- Identify the course you want to complete from the list below.
- Make sure that you are registered with the ASA; your club will arrange this for you.
- Complete the British Swimming Officials training application form (download the appropriate form from the links below).
- Send your completed form with cheque, payable to the ASA, to the County Co-ordinator at: Chris Hobbs, 16 Gorringe Road, Eastbourne. BN22 8XL
- Once the application form and payment have been processed a course leader will be allocated by the County Co-ordinator.
Useful informationSwimming officials training resources
Guidance on the use of wetsuits in open water competitions.
FINA disqualification codes for use with HYTEK – these need to be used at all Sussex events (updated 23 October 2017).
British Swimming / Sussex ASA official DQ Report – formatted 2 up for easy printing (updated 18 November 2016).
Following the changes in January 2018 to the World Para Swimming Technical and Classification Rules and Regulations, the following guidance has been issued by WPS.
Help us recruit more technical officials. Download a Club Poster here.
Survey of officials 2016
In March 2016 we invited all swimming officials to take part in a survey for the County and tell us about their experiences. Find the results of the survey here.
There are different qualifications and processes for Water Polo and Diving officials.