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Becoming a Technical Official

We need you on pool deck

 

Swimming TAS conducts training in all technical aspects of swimming. New officials are constantly in demand. You can help!! Swimming Championships and Meets are conducted by Clubs, Areas, State and National Bodies. Swimming Australia qualified Technical Officials officiate at these various Meets.

A swim meet needs a lot of officials - in an eight lane pool ideally at least 12 are necessary if the Meet is to run well. Being an official is an excellent way of supporting children in their favourite sport.

There are also some fringe benefits! If you volunteer before the meet and get your name on the roster, you will have free pool entry. 

Things to remember:

  • Technical Officials provide the swimming community with a precious gift - time.
  • Without Technical Officials there are no swim meets and therefore the swimmers have no competition.
  • Every time you work at a swim meet you help young Australians achieve their goals and stay healthy.
  • Once qualified you can work Interclub, State and even Nationals. All assistance during Club races is greatly appreciated.

 

Watch a short video on becoming a Technical Official here.

 

How to Become a Technical Official

The training and assessment of technical officials is both theory and practical and mentoring by an experienced Technical Official. If you are interested, please contact your Club, letting them know that you want to become a qualified technical official or gain extra qualifications.

You must be a registered member of Swimming TAS and of secondary school age or older. Your Club will contact Swimming TAS or the State Technical Manager, who will:

  • organise the venue, date and time for your training

Technical Official Positions on the pool deck :

Announcer 

Referee 

Chief Timekeeper 

Timekeeper x8

Check Starter x2

Marshal (Clerk of Course)

Starter 

Recorder

Operator of AOE 

Inspector of Turns x16

Judge of Stroke x4

 

 

National Accreditation Program

All Technical Officials in Australia are now being trained and assessed under the guidelines of Swimming Australia's National Officiating Program. Training and assessing is conducted through competency based modules similar to workplace competency courses.

For further information on the Swimming Australia National Accreditation Program, please click here. Or alternatively, please visit the Swimming Australia website.


Recognition of Prior Learning for Officiating Credentials

If you would like to submit an application to Swimming TAS in regards to your previous work related to an official position please download the following form

Recognition of Current Competencies


Before You Begin Your Training

Candidates may complete the relevant Training Notes and view the Training Videos before attending their first officiating meet.

 

Training Format

The candidate will receive practical experience on pool deck with a mentor, and when deemed ready for their assessment the assessor will be notified, as well as the candidate. The assessor will contact the candidate when this will take place. 

The  Assessor will assess the candidate in a practical officiating environment, probably at a Time Trial meet or at Club night. He/she will assess the candidate as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ by assessing them on a list of criteria necessary to be competent in that technical official position.

If the candidate is deemed ‘competent’ in ALL the criteria, the assessor will forward their name on to Swimming Australia as being competent in that position.

All accredited technical officials are issued with a National Technical Official Accreditation card. The card will identify the units (technical official positions) in which the candidate has achieved competency. If you have not received your accreditation card please click here.

Upon successful completion of at least one competency technical officials will receive a Swimming TAS Technical Official Badge. If you have not received your Swimming TAS Technical Official Badge please email tracecam@hotmail.com 

If the candidate is deemed as ‘not yet competent’ the Assessor will discuss with them what needs to be done for they can become ‘competent’.  


Updating Your Knowledge as a Technical Official

Every year Swimming TAS holds a Technical Officials Forum where you can update your knowledge. If you would like a Technical Official Forum to be held in your Area please contact Swimming TAS on (03) 6231 1192.   

 

Have a question or two about Technical Course content that you need answered quickly?

Ask Sam is a new SNSW webpage dedicated to answering your queries about officiating, specifically accreditation course content.

Feel free to put forward your query at any time on this website, and it will be updated as soon as possible.

 
Contact-
 
Tom Hancock (Community Sport Administrator) - tom.hancock@tas.swimming.org.au
 
Tracey Rowell (State Technical Manager)- tracecam@hotmail.com
 
Jayne Shepherd (Asssistant Technical Manager - North) jayne.shepherd@taswater.com.au
 

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