Accreditation and Courses

Swimming, similar to many other sports, relies heavily on volunteers. Swimming competitions and events are important to the development of our swimmers and without the assistance and guidance of technical officials, these events cannot be run. Becoming a technical official is rewarding and an excellent way to contribute to the sport, spend time with your children, create great friendships and gain professional development.

 

Become an Official

  • Online Learning
  • Step 1: Online Modules

    Swimming Australia now has eight officiating modules online.  If you are interested in starting your accreditation journey in any of the below positions. Click on the links to start learning.

    CLICK HERE to access the General Principles, Clerk of Course or Check Starter courses. 

    CLICK HERE to access the Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper, Judge of Stroke, or Inspector of Turns courses.

    Officials Membership 

    New Official

    Renewing Official

     Please contact Swimming WA at waswim@wa.swimming.org.au with any queries.

    • Attend a Workshop
    • Step 2: Attend a Face to Face workshop


      The National Official Accreditation Programme

      The National Official Accreditation training programs are delivered by the State and Territory Swimming Associations.

      In conjunction with the Australian Sports Commission (ASC), Swimming Western Australia is recognising the ASC Online Introductory Level Officiating Principles course.  Start your officiating accreditation by completing the online courses.

       

      Upcoming Workshops

      Friday 18 October - TBC 

      *Workshops are held at Pilbara Championships, Kimberley Open, Gascoyne Open, and Country Pennants annually. 

      Visit the events page for more information. 

    • Gain some Practical Experience
    • Step 3 - Practical Experience

      After completing the Accreditation Modules, Trainee Technical Officials are invited to attend SWA Meets to gain practical experience in the relevant positions from the Module and Workshop they undertook.

      All Trainee Officials are required to wear plain White Polo Shirts to Meets.

      Trainee Officials can gain practical experience at Tier 3 Meets and below. For further information on Meets and when you can attend, please see our event Calender here.

      All trainee Officials are also required to apply for the following prior to the completing practical hours:

      • Working with Children Check
      • Swimming WA Technical Official Membership
    • Get Accredited
    • Step 4 - Assessment

      Swimming WA (SWA) Technical Officials undergo extensive training and practical experience to attain a National Officiating Accreditation.

       

      After the theory course is complete for each module, the practical training becomes an important element of the development of a SWA Technical Official.

       

      Practical Assessment

       

      All trainees must undertake a practical competency assessment in each of the positions in a “real-world” setting. They must also correctly complete the written questions in the theory modules.

       

      Those being assessed for a Referee, Starter, Judge of Stroke, or Inspector of Turns accreditation must also complete an oral    assessment.

       

      Trainees and Technical Officials can request assessments when they feel they are ready to progress or as Technical Committee/Mentors recommend. An approved Swimming WA Assessor must conduct assessments. A list of approved assessors are found below.

       

      All requests for Practical Assessments must be made by email to the Technical Education and Officiating Sub-Committee prior to being undertaken. officials@wa.swimming.org.au

       

      Practical assessments completed without SWA prior knowledge will not be accepted.

       

      Practical Assessment Guidelines

      1. Assessments will only be conducted if the Technical Official is a current SWA member

      2. Assessors must be approved by the Technical Education and Officiating Sub-Committee and must be approved to assess the module requested.

      3. A minimum Accreditation of Referee Level 2 is required to assess Inspector of Turn, Judge of Stroke, Referee and Starter

      4. Two (2) practical assessments by two (2) different assessors are required for each Trainee/Technical Official in the following modules:

        1. Starter

        2. Referee

        3. Judge of Stroke

        4. Inspector of Turns

       

      Two (2) Assessments can occur at one Meet over two different sessions and by two (2) different Assessors. All other modules only require one (1) Assessment

      1. Where there are two (2) differing assessments, the SWA Chief Referee will assess for competency.

      2. Referee Level 1 and Starter Level 1 are eligible to be signed off at a SWA Club Sanctioned Meet

      3. Referee Level 2 and Starter Level 2 are only eligible to be signed off at a SWA State Level Meet

      4. Referee 3 and Starter 3 are only eligible to be signed off at a National Level Meet by an accredited National Assessor

       

      The original copy of the assessment and a PDF copy sent by email are to be submitted to the Technical Education and Officiating Sub-Committee, and final approval  will be determined by the TEO Sub-Committee.  The Technical Official must be  a SWA Member and have a current Working with Children Check (WWC).

       

      Once an assessment has been reviewed by the TEO Sub-Committee, the assessed Technical Official will receive a letter with either approval or disapproval status. If the assessment has been approved, the information will be updated on the Swimming Australia (SAL) and Swimming WA systems.

       

      For further information, please send enquiries to the Technical Education and Officiating Sub-Committee. officials@wa.swimming.org.au

      Click below for a list of SWA Assessors:

      The following Swimming WA Referees are approved to assess the following; Referee, Inspector of Turns, Judge of Strokes, Recorder, Starter, Check Starter, Clerk of Course.

      Ian Arblaster

      Breakers

      arblaster@westnet.com.au

      Robyn Arblaster

      Breakers

      arblaster@westnet.com.au

      Ryan Arblaster

      Breakers

      ryan_arblaster@hotmail.com

      Greg Wilson

      Breakers

      willow11@iinet.net.au

      Kate Reynolds

      UWA West Coast

      reynolds@iinet.net.au

      Trevor Verran

      Guildford Kalamunda

      taverran@hotmail.com

      Kylie Baker

      SouthShore

      kylie.baker1@bigpond.com

      Alison Tilt

      Mandurah

      alison@tiltnom.com.au

      Kaye Bolger

      Albany

      busybiz@rainbowis.com.au

      Dorothy Harris

      Waroona

      dotatnews@westnet.com.au

      Karin Hazell

      Peel Aquatic

      karinhazell@hotmail.com

      Alf Matthews

      Wongan Hills

      matthews@wongan.agn.net.au

      Jacqui McNamara

      York

      jacqui_mc@bigpond.com

      Errol Smith

      York

      forge@westnet.com.au

    • Officiating: Where can it take me?
    • Step 5 - Further Development

       Click below to view the officiating pathway and discover where officiating could take you!

       

       

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