Officiating is essential to the successful operation of all sports both in Kent and across the UK. Without the support of dedicated individuals as officials who give up their time for free, events simply would not happen.
So, if you would rather not spend your time as a spectator in the gallery but would like to learn a new skill and meet new people then officiating could be for you!
Qualified Officials Members Area
Once you have your first British Swimming officials qualification, you will be able to access the members area where you will be able to:
- maintain the personal details Kent Swimming has on file for you
- review up-and-coming County events
- complete returns showing your availability for a County event
- see the County events you have been appointed to
To apply to become a licensed official, complete this form and if you need to buy polo shirts or clipboards, you can order them here.
Training programme for Kent swimming officials
Application forms and other resources can be found on the British Swimming website. You can also download the following British Swimming final assessment paperwork here:
Click on the links below to download the following documents:
To book a workshop, click here.
Contemporary Issues is a mandatory CPD as identified in the British Swimming Officials Licensing requirements (M5) and is aimed at Swimming Technical Officials who are already licensed (renewal due within next four years) or wishing to become a licensed British Swimming Official. The workshop covers: the Swim England Code of Ethics; Safeguarding and Protecting Children and Vulnerable Adults; Embracing Diversity; Health and Safety; Officials’ Training and the ‘World of Swimming’.
To access the Contemporary Issues CPD visit the Institute of Swimming e-learning page.
If you're 25 or under, head to Swim England's Young Officials section, or read more about becoming a swimming official in the British Swimming zone. There you will find all the information you will need to become a qualified Official as well as discovering what other young Officials have been getting up to as they share their own personal experiences.
Request for officials for your open competition
Invitations to officiate at non-Kent county events will no longer be sent out, but clubs can have their open competition requests listed here with a link to their own websites or contact email address. To register a request, please complete this on-line form but please note that events such as club championships will not be circulated. If you want to volunteer to officiate or look for training opportunities at a listed event, checkout the list here and make contact.
Officials training for synchronised swimming, diving, water polo and open water
Details of training courses for these disciplines can be found here