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Recent updates have clarified the changes to FINA law. Qualified ASA officials should have received details but it is useful to have it set out here as well.  Click on the heading to read the full information. 

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  • NEW CPD : Refereeing Swimming - A Beginners Guide

    23rd March 2017

    Refereeing Swimming – A Beginners Guide, has been designed to provide support and guidance for officials who may be requested to perform the duty of a Referee for small or local run competitions. It is important to note that completion of this module will not qualify you as a referee. By completing this module you will achieve the following learning outcomes - Recognise and identify the duties of a referee at a swimming competition with regard to: 1. The role of the referee 2. The role of the referee with specific reference to Health and Safety 3. Producing the race result (Manual and AOE) Refereeing Swimming a beginner’s guide Helen Akers Swimming Officials Coordinator British Swimming, SportPark, Pavilion 3, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough University, LE11 3QF Mobile: 07813 998519 helen.akers@swimming.org www.swimming.org To unsubscribe from Swimming Officials News or to change your email...

  • British Swimming Guidance on Wetsuits

    7th March 2017

    in respect of wetsuits at open water events: It has been brought to the notice of the British Swimming – Swimming Officials Group that there appears to be doubt as to the style of wetsuit permitted to be used in Open Water swimming. To put the matter into context I will reproduce FINA rules...

  • ASA Specific - Swimsuit guidance

    1st March 2017

    Please find attached new guidance issued by the ASA Swimming Management Group in relation to swimsuits for individuals who as a result of either their religious beliefs or a pre-existing medical condition would like to wear a swimsuit which would otherwise be considered “illegal” at a...

  • British Swimming Referee Training 2017

    8th December 2016

    A reminder that the closing date for applications for the November 2017 Referees’ Exam is 31st December 2016. I will be on annual leave 26th to 30th December but any applications received during this period will be processed upon my return to work. The pre-requisites for the course are as...

  • Applications to Officiate - 2017 British Para-Swimming International Meet

    5th December 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2017 British Para-Swimming International Meet, to be held from Thursday 27th to Sunday 30th April (inclusive) at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a...

  • Applications to Officiate - 2017 British Swimming Championships

    29th November 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2017 British Swimming Championships, to be held from Tuesday 18th to Sunday 23rd April (inclusive) at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid...

  • FINA Officials Lists 2017-2020

    18th November 2016

    The British Swimming-Swimming Officials Group would like to extend their congratulations to the following officials who have been selected by FINA for the next set of Officials lists, running from 1st January 2017 to 31st December 2020. FINA Swimming Officials List 19 Referees...

  • Register of Image Recording Devices - ASA SPECIFIC

    16th November 2016

    I have received a number of queries recently regarding the fact that there is no longer a requirement for clubs running events to maintain a register of devices which are capable of recording images. This updated guidance was included in the attached document, and notification was circulated...

  • British Swimming Disqualification Form

    15th November 2016

    A new version of the British Swimming Disqualification Form (version 7) is now available on the website. https://www.britishswimming.org/browse-sport/swimming/officials/officials-qualifications-training/ The only change is the removal of the requirement for the form to be completed in block...

  • Officials Updates: Practical Guidance - Backstroke starts

    1st September 2016

    Please see below for guidance on a scenario that has arisen around backstroke starts. Scenario A swimmer is disqualified for a Backstroke start for having their toes in the gutter. (SW 6.1) They moved their toes on to the gutter after the start signal had been given and then started their...

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