Officials Training

In order for swim meets to run smoothly, we require many volunteer hours and lots of hands on deck.  It is expected that as your swimmer progresses through their  different skill groups, you will also progress through the different officials positions.  Please click here for a general description of some of the volunteer opportunities at swim meets.

Officials Training can be completed online through Swimming Canada or in person through the various clinics offered by Island Swimming.  Please click here for a general outline of official's progression pathway.


POSITION

Introduction to Swimming Officiating and Timing
Safety Marshal Clinic
Judge of Strokes & Inspector of Turns
Chief Timekeeper
Clerk of Course 
Recorder-Scorer (Hytek)
Electronics Operator (ARES)*
Chief Finish Judge & Chief Judge Electronics
Starter
Meet Manager
Referee
Introduction to Open Water Swimming Officiating - Level 1


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Training Progression

Island Swimming encourages families and guardians of swimmers to progress through the officiating positions as their swimmers advance through the groups.

If your swimmer is in Island Swim Skills (Bronze, Silver, Gold) or Conditioning and Technique...
      You should consider taking the Introduction to Swimming Officiating and Timing clinics

If your swimmer is in Island Green...
      Within the first year, you should have completed the Introduction to Swimming Officiating clinic as well as the Saftey Marshal Clinic.
      Both of these clinics are offered online or in a face to face formant and can be taken by anyone who is 12 years and older.

If your swimmer is in Island Blue...
      If this is your second competitive season, you should be completed the Judge of Stroke/Inspector of Turns clinic and obtain two successful deck evaluations
      at swim meets by the end of your second competitive season. 
      Start considering all of the different positions available at a swim meet and what clinic you would like to take next.  
      If you are interested in working in the booth, you should look to complete ARES booth training as well.

If your swimmer is in Island Black...
      You should complete at least one of the following clinics each year and be fully certified as a Level 2 Official by the time your swimmer is completed Black
      group.
       Below are the clinics that can be used to obtain Level 2 certification:
             Chief Timekeeper
             Clerk of Course
             Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics (CFJ/CJE)
             Meet Manager
             Starter
             
If your swimmer is in Provinical...
      You should be working on your Level 3 Officiating.  You will need to have completed four of the five following clinics to become Level 3 certified: 
             Chief Timekeeper
             Clerk of Course
             Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics (CFJ/CJE)
             Meet Manager
             Starter          
      You will also need to complete the following clinic in order to get your Level 3 certification: 
             Recorder-Scorer

If your swimmer is in Senior, Senior Performance or CSI...
      You should be working on your Level 3 Officiating (see details above).
      You can also start to work on Level 4 certification.  You will need to complete the Referee Clinic in order to work towards your Level 4.
            

You can find the latest clinics being offered by Island Swimming Club by visiting the Upcoming Meets and Events Page and filtering for Officials Training.