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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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  • 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 per last year and any prospective candidates should ensure that they are familiar with these requirements before applying. They can be found on the website at https://www.britishswimming.org/browse-sport/swimming/officials/officials-qualifications-training/ in the Referee section. The application form and list of Course Leaders is also available from that page. Should you require contact details for any of your local Course Leaders in order to discuss your application beforehand, please contact me. Any forms received that do not have the required endorsement of County, Regional or District Co-ordinators (as per the Home Country criteria) as confirmation that the candidate meets the...

  • 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...

  • Starting in the Water - Detailed Information

    12th August 2016

    Following a number of recent queries on the above topic, please find reproduced below guidance that was originally issued in May 2011 and to which there has been no subsequent change. Starting in the water The FINA Technical Rule SW4 provides for 2 starts: SW 4.1 The start in...

  • British Open Water Championships - Applications to officiate

    22nd July 2016

    Applications to officiate at the British Open Water Championships, to be held on Sunday 25th September 2016 in Hyde Park, London, are invited. Please complete and return the attached application form by Friday 22nd July. For further details, a link to the event website is included on the...

  • 6th July 2016

    Hi All To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Team GB have partnered with Join In, The National Lottery and ITV on a national campaign called ‘I am Team GB’. I am Team GB is aiming to be the nation’s biggest sports day on 27 August 2016 and is encouraging organisations to open their...

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