KCASA have just been made aware of major changes being made to the way the J1 Course is to be delivered, and the timetable for the end of J1 training and assessment in its current form.
Although, the dates are well over a year away, everyone must ensure that they plan enough time to complete their training AND assessment. Course Leaders need to act and warn all existing trainees at their next session, as well as inform future applicants for courses starting later this year.
The last date to start the current J1 training, and the final date for the last J1 assessment that can be carried out under the current system, are non-negotiable.
Enforcement of this requirement will be up to all of us, in the first instance. However, there are actions that British Swimming and Membership Services will be putting in place to ensure those who think they can bend the rules/dates, will not be able to do so.
The British Swimming time line is as follows;
At the present time, we do not have any information from British Swimming on what the new course will look like. Swim England and we, at County level, are simply required to act on British Swimming’s requirements for the delivery of training to all Swimming Technical Officials.
The changes made to the Judge Level 1 training method and the cessation of the old style will also be adopted for Judge Level 2 and J2S, after the new J1 system is running successfully. There is no plan that I am aware of at present, to change the Referee training methods.
KCASA Swimming Officials Manager