As a swim club that has swimmers that regularly attend swim meets we are required to field officials, it is important that we continually train new officials, if you are interested in becoming an official please contact anyone on the committee or your regular coach who will be able to point you in the right direction.
This is an introduction to 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 (JL1)
This is the first level of qualification. It comprises online theory modules which are designed to allow volunteers to start the training at their own pace and to fit with all the other lifestyle commitments which we know our volunteers have.
Access to local support is available on request, with a dedicated new email address ([email protected]) to provide ongoing additional support as we seek to grow our number of qualified officials.
When the theory training is complete and registered, candidates will be provided with local contacts to guide them through their practical assessments which comprise’s a minimum of 15 hours poolside mentoring (generally at swim meets that YDSC attends), which should be completed within 11 months.
Upon completion of all Judge 1 training individuals will automatically be issued their first licence, which will be valid for 4 years, which then enable them to apply to volunteer at all events up to and including National level.
Judge ~ level 2 (JL2)
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 a Starter.
The minimum age to start training is 16 years and candidates must have already qualified as Judge Level 1. The training is made up of formal instruction mentored poolside training with a workbook, followed by a practical assessment.
When qualified, candidates will be attributed with the qualification Judge Level 2 on the British Swimming Database.
YDSC Current Officials
YDSC have a fantastic team of officials that work tirelessly with the club. Here is some of the team below:
Level J2S Trainee:
Lucy Hayden (Kollimeier)
Level J1 Trainee – Theory Complete/Started Poolside