Sussex County

Sussex County

Amateur Swimming Association


Swimming officials

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

  1. Identify the course you want to complete from the list below.
  2. Make sure that you are registered with the ASA; your club will arrange this for you.
  3. Complete the British Swimming Officials training application form (download the appropriate form from the links below).
  4. Send your completed form with cheque, payable to the ASA, to the County Co-ordinator at: Chris Hobbs, 16 Gorringe Road, Eastbourne. BN22 8XL
  5. Once the application form and payment have been processed a course leader will be allocated by the County Co-ordinator.

British Swimming have produced a helpful flow chart for swimming officials pathway.

Useful information

There are different qualifications and processes for Water Polo and Diving officials.

Register for the ASA Officials Newsletter here.

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.

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.


Important changes to the training of swimming officials

British Swimming are introducing changes to the way J1 judges are trained. The key dates for J1’s in training are: 

Embargo on starting new J1 courses under existing system – 1st November 2019

Changes & Final Approval of new system – December 2019

New J1 Training system goes live – 1st January 2020

Cessation of old J1 qualification – 31st July 2020

Other Changes

In order to act as a ‘Judge 1 in training’ for meet licensing purposes the individuals:

  • Have enrolled on a Judge 1 course and attended both the timekeeper theory session (unless already qualified as a timekeeper) and the first judging theory session
  • Pass a poolside timekeeper’s assessment (unless already qualified as a timekeeper)
  • Have undertaken at least 1 mentored session within the last 6 months in the role of Inspector of Turns, recorded in their workbook and signed off by a qualified and licensed Referee.

Full details can be found here. 

Useful documents 

Swimming officials training resources 

Register for the ASA Officials Newsletter here.

Guidance on the use of wetsuits in open water competitions.

Record of Mentoring  

Record of Mentoring Action Plan

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 – (updated 9 April 2018).

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.