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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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  • 2017 Swim England National Winter Championships - Invitation to Officiate

    21st October 2017

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2017 Swim England National Winter Championships, to be held from Wednesday 13 to Sunday 17 December 2017 (inclusive) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield.  All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid official’s licence. Further details of the event can be found at http://www.swimming.org/calendar/all/swim-england-national-winter-championships-50m-2017/ Please note that appointments are made on a daily, not sessional, basis and you may be required to undertake any role for which you are qualified. Whilst not compulsory, Swim England encourage room sharing at national events. By opting to room share accommodation costs are reduced, which greatly helps in the operation and provision of a high class event for our competitors. Please indicate on your application if you are happy to be allocated a twin room and, if applicable, include the name of the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Changes to the ASA's Open Water Officials representative

    6th July 2016

    In addition to the recent notification of a change to the ASA's Open Water Officials representative, there are two further changes for your records. Again after many years of service between them, Ann van Beukelen and Fred Murray are stepping down from their regional coordinators roles in...

  • ASA Open Water Officials' Representative

    1st July 2016

    The ASA's Open Water Officials’ representative is changing. After many years of service to the sport Les Debenham is stepping down to be replaced by Paul Kendal from the East Region. On behalf of the ASA Swimming Officials Group I would like to thank Les and welcome Paul. Paul’s contact...

  • Applications to Officiate - 2016 School Games

    24th June 2016

    Applications are invited from Licensed Swimming Officials to officiate at the 2016 School Games, to be held on Saturday 3rd September at Ponds Forge ISC, Sheffield. Time: Sessions will 10:00-13:15 and 16:00-19:15 Accommodation: Accommodation for Friday 2nd September will be available at the...

  • Application to Officiate - ASA Open Water Championships

    10th June 2016

    Applications are invited from Licensed Open Water Officials to officiate at the ASA Open Water Championships, to be held on Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July at Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. Further details of the event can be found at...

  • Applications to Officiate - ASA Open Water Championships 2016

    10th June 2016

    Applications are invited from Licensed Open Water Officials to officiate at the ASA Open Water Championships, to be held on Saturday 23rd July and Sunday 24th July at Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. Further details of the event can be found at...

  • ASA SPECIFIC - Open Water Representative to the Swimming Officials Group

    27th May 2016

    Applications are invited for a suitably qualified individual to become the Open Water Swimming representative on the ASA Swimming Officials Group. A suitable candidate will: be a British Swimming qualified Open Water referee with experience of Regional, National and...

  • Opportunity to Officiate - 2016 British Summer Championships

    20th May 2016

    There are still a small number of opportunities available to officiate at the 2016 British Summer Championships, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield, specifically for Tuesday 26th to Thursday 28th July inclusive and ideally for all three days. All applicants must be...

  • Applications open to officiate at the 2016 ASA National Summer Meet

    6th May 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2016 ASA National Summer Meet, to be held from Monday 1st to Friday 5th August 2016 (inclusive) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid...

  • Officiating Opportunity - LEN European Masters Championships

    1st May 2016

    The organisers of the forthcoming LEN Masters Swimming Championships have asked me to circulate the following message: Dear Swimming Officials The organisers of the LEN Masters Swimming Championships are aware of a number of officials who would be interested in officiating at this event but...

  • Officiating Opportunities within Deaf-friendly swimming - 19 March & 1 May

    1st May 2016

    We have been advised of the following opportunities to officiate at two deaf-friendly events: University of Nottingham (NG7 2RD) Saturday 19th March 2016 11:00am – 1:15 pm Streatham Leisure Centre (SW16 6HX) Sunday 1st May 2016 12:15pm – 2:15pm Swimming is one of the sports deaf...

  • Applications to Officiate - British Summer Championships 2016

    15th April 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2016 British Summer Championships, to be held from Tuesday 26th to Sunday 31st July 2016 (inclusive) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid...

  • Wearing of Jewellery During Competition

    10th April 2016

    We have received a number of queries recently regarding swimmers wearing jewellery during competition. There is no FINA Rule that specifically prohibits the wearing of jewellery. However the following do need to be taken into consideration: ·Watches SW10.16 – No pace-making shall be...

  • Application to Officiate STILL OPEN - LEN European Masters Championships

    11th March 2016

    A reminder that applications for this event are still open and a large number of officials are required for the event to run smoothly. If you are interested but cannot officiate for the full event, please apply anyway CLEARLY detailing your availability on your form. The only technical...

  • Freestyle in Medley Events

    10th March 2016

    The British Swimming - Swimming Officials Group are aware of information and videos available online relating the breaststroke to freestyle turn performed by Ryan Lochte in the 200m Individual Medley at the 2015 World Championships. Lochte, having touched at the end of the breaststroke leg,...

  • FINA Rules Interpretation : SW4.4 & SW9.1

    10th March 2016

    Dear all Please find attached interpretation received from FINA in relation to rules SW 4.4 & SW 9.1 Regards Helen Akers Swimming Officials Coordinator British Swimming, SportPark, Pavilion 3, 3 Oakwood Drive, Loughborough University, LE11 3QF ...

  • Changing Email Addresses

    10th March 2016

    I receive a number of responses to each newsletter asking me to amend people’s email addresses. I do not have access to the mailing list for Swimming Officials News. If you need to change your email address, you need to visit https://www.swimmingresults.org/officialsnews/ and...

  • Applications to Officiate - British Masters & Senior Age Group Championships - 1-3 April 2016

    27th January 2016

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2016 British Masters & Senior Age Group Championships, to be held from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April 2016 (inclusive) at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a...

  • Applications for the 2016 Referees' exams are now being accepted

    31st December 2015

    Applications for the November 2016 Referees’ Exam are now being accepted. http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/library/document/british-swimming-referee-exam-entry-form-for-2016 The pre-requisites for the course have been amended and any prospective candidates should ensure that they are...

  • ASA Licensed Meet Referee Reports

    20th October 2015

    For the attention of all officials acting as Referees at ASA Licensed Meets When signing and submitting the ASA Licensed Meet Referee Report Form, please be aware that YOU are confirming the following statement (amongst other things): “I confirm that the levels and number of Licensed...

  • Applications are now open to officiate at the ASA National Masters and Seniors Champs - 23-25 October, Ponds Forge

    28th August 2015

    Applications are now open to officiate at the ASA National Masters and Senior Age Group Championships 2015, to be held Friday 23 to Sunday 25 October 2015, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a current...

  • Applications are now open to officiate on 4-9 August at the ASA Summer Champs at Ponds Forge

    17th June 2015

    Applications are now open to officiate at the ASA National Summer Championships (50m) 2015, to be held Tuesday 4th to Sunday 9th August 2015, at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid...

  • Applications now open to officiate at the 2015 British Swimming Champs 28 July to 2 August at Ponds Forge

    17th June 2015

    Applications are now open to officiate at the British Summer Nationals 2015, to be held from Tuesday 28th July to Sunday 2nd August (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...

  • Applications are now open to officiate on 26 July at the National Paralympic Day at the LAC

    12th June 2015

    Applications are now open to officiate at this event. National Paralympic Day To be held on Sunday 26th July 2015 at the London Aquatic Centre It is a one day event, with a morning and an afternoon session. Estimated session start times : 11am and 5pm. (TBC) Travel expenses will be paid in...

  • International Officials Appointments

    9th June 2015

    Congratulations to the following: European Games Baku, AZE  Neil Booth Technical Operations Manager, Swimming Helen Whittle Technical Official Tom Baster Technical Official Craig Hunter LEN TSC Delegate European Youth Olympic Festival,...

  • Applications are now open to officiate at the Sainsbury's 2015 School Games on 5/6 Sept at Manchester

    5th June 2015

    Applications are invited from Licensed Swimming Officials to officiate at the Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games, to be held on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th September at Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester. Event: Sainsbury’s 2015 School Games Location: Manchester Aquatics Centre Date: Saturday...

  • ASA Criteria for the Training of Officials at ASA Licensed Meets

    29th May 2015

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS IS AN ASA-SPECIFIC MESSAGE Following the circulation of the attached document via the ASA Regional Officials Co-ordinators earlier this year, it appears that confusion has arisen in some quarters. These criteria do not prohibit the training of officials at ASA Level...

  • 2015 Open Water Referee Training

    1st May 2015

    Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 British Swimming Open Water Referee course. Closing date 1 May 2015. In order to be eligible, candidates must be qualified and experienced Open Water Level 2 officials and must have the endorsement of either their mentor or their Regional Open...

  • Application to Officiate - 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships - 13-19 July

    15th March 2015

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships, to be held from Monday 13th to Sunday 19th July (inclusive) at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a valid...

  • British Swimming Disqualification Report

    20th February 2015

    I am aware that the link to the new form is not currently working. Hopefully this will be fixed shortly, but in the meantime a copy of the form is here. Helen Akers Swimming Officials Coordinator British Swimming, SportPark, Pavilion 3, 3 Oakwood Drive, ...

  • FINA Swimming Rules Update

    30th January 2015

    Below are the changes to the FINA Rules that were agreed at the recent Special Congress in Doha.  These changes will be implemented by British Swimming with effect from 1st January 2015. It is recommended that you download the original British Swimming PDF, although it has been reproduced...

  • Application to Officiate - 2015 British Para-Swimming International Meet

    9th January 2015

    Applications are now open to officiate at the 2015 British Para-Swimming International Meet, to be held from Thursday 26th to Sunday 29th March 2015 (inclusive) at Tollcross International Swimming Centre, Glasgow. All applicants must be qualified at least to Judge Level 1 and must possess a...

  • British Swimming Referee Exam - November 2015

    31st December 2014

    Applications to sit the British Swimming Referee Exam in November 2015 are now open and will close on 31st December 2014. The minimum age for training is 19 years, providing the candidate will be aged 20 years as at 30th November 2015. All candidates must have proven poolside experience at...

  • FINA List #18

    11th December 2014

    The British Swimming - Swimming Officials Group is pleased to confirm that the following officials have been appointed to FINA List #18, to run from 1st January 2015 to 31st December 2018. Referees Tom Baster Craig Hunter Helen Whittle Starters Robin Butterfield Sam Chadwick ...

  • Applications now open to officiate at the 2015 British Swimming Championships - 14-18 April - London Aquatics Centre

    5th December 2014

    As we have had such a good response to the original invitation, it has been decided to bring forward the closing date for applications to officiate at the 2015 British Swimming Championships. This event is being held at the London Aquatic Centre from 14th to 18th April. Anyone who wishes...

  • FINA Special Congress

    1st December 2014

    I have no doubt that a number of you are aware that a FINA Special Congress was held in Doha over the weekend. There were proposed rule amendments affecting ‘The Start’ ‘Breaststroke’ and ‘Backstroke’ which were agreed. However we know from previous experience, what was agreed at a Congress...

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