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How to Become a Technical Official

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.

Step 1: Start your journey

Tell someone in your Club committee that you want to become a qualified technical official or gain extra qualifications.


Step 2 - General Principles

Prior to undertaking an Officiating Course, all prospective officials must complete the Australian Sports Commission Introductory Level Officiating General Principles online couse - which is free of charge.  


Please note: You will have to create a Logon / Password for the ASC Website to access the course.


Step 3: Become a registered member of Swimming WA 

To become a registered member of Swimming WA visit MySwimResults and sign up as Technical Official member to your Club. There is a small fee of $6 to become an SWA Official.

All Technical Officials must apply for a Working With Childrens Check prior to application for membership. 


 Step 4: Attend a Course

Attend a face to face Technical Officials Course. Courses are often held on a Friday night prior to an event.



Courses Offered


1 March 

Country Pennants - Karratha


Contact Kaye Bolger


View the MySwimResults calendar for more courses. To hold a course at your Club or Meet contact Swimming WA.

Can’t see a date that suits you? Register you interest for a Technical Official Course here.

For further information on SWA Meets and when you can attend, please see our event Calender here.


 Step 5: Establish your Knowledge

 Compliment your newly found knowledge with some Online Learning.

 Swimming Australia and Swimming NSW have fantastic online learning portals.

Currently, the following courses are available on Swimming NSW’s online training website https://nswtraining.swimming.org.au/

General Principles

Timekeeper and Chief Timekeeper

Check Starter 

Clerk of the Course (Marshal)

Inspector of Turns

Judge of Stroke



After you have finished the course you will receive a competency certificate. This does not qualify you to officiate yet but is an opportunity to increase your confidence and knowledge in that Officiating position.


Step 5: Complete Theoretical and Practical Assessments

After attending a face to face course, Officials need to complete on deck experience, following by a practical assessment.

To arrange to ‘Walk Deck’ or to arrange a practical assessment, please contact Swimming WA to request assessment. Please include the following;

- Name

- Position Assessed

- Preferred Date or Meet of Assessment

Bring your course booklet to any assessment to complete the required steps.  Please note: some accreditation requires two assessment to be performed by two separate assessors.

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

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

A list of assessors can be found here. All assessment paperwork must be forwarded to Swimming WA for completion following a competent assessment.

Assessment Guidelines 


Step 5 - Further Development

 Click here to view the Officiating Pathway and discover where officiating could take you!


Identify yourself as an Official on pool deck

All accredited technical officials are issued with a National Technical Official Accreditation card, Swimming WA Membership card and appropriate accreditation lanyard. The card will identify the accreditations in which you have achieved competency.

For first time Technical Officials being accredited, you also receive a Swimming WA Technical Official Badge and blue Technical Official shirt

If you have not received your Swimming NSW Technical Official Badge or accreditation card contact Swimming WA.



Mentoring Agreement

20 Points of Self Evaluation

Mentoring Action Plan


Key Contacts

Development Manager – Georgi Powers


(08) 9328 5499

WA Chief Referee – Kaye Bolger





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