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Becoming an Official


Would you like to be part of exciting events in Victoria with opportunities to work interstate and overseas?  You may be interested in helping out your local club while your child is swimming or perhaps you are a past swimmer wanting to give back to the sport you received so much pleasure from.  Officiating is a wonderful way to watch a swim meet - imagine having the best seat in the house on pool deck at your local club meets, National Championships or even the Olympic Games!

Swimming Victoria facilitates the development of individuals interested in becoming an Official and being part of the team that brings swimming to life in Victoria.  Swimming Victoria is very appreciative of the work that all Officials do to assist on pool deck and behind the scenes at our competitions and within the Club and District swimming environment.


If you have any queries regarding any information on this section of the website please contact Sharon Rich via email at the Swimming Victoria ofice or call (03) 9230 9400.




To become a Technical Official in Swimming there are a few basic requirments that you need to meet:



There are many positions that Technical Officials undertake at swimming meets, which means there is an abundance of variety for those wanting to get a bit closer to the action and officiate at events.

First Step

All prospective Technical Officials must first complete the Australia Sports Commissions General Principles free online couse.  Visit the Officials Training & Development section of this website for further information about the course. 

Please Remeber:  You will need to register and create a login before you attempt the course (or if you have already registered previously and forgotten your password - you will need to retrieve your password).

FREE ASC Online Introductory Level Officiating General Principles Course


Prospective Officials then have a broad range of choice in their first accreditation module.  A lot of peole start off by completing the Timekeeping module, as this is generally the most common area that people begin assisting with when they first volunteer.

View the Pathway Flowchart and discover where officiating could take you!




  1. Interested?  Let your swimming club know!
  2. Complete the free online General Principles Course (see above).  On completing the online course email the officials@vic.swimming.org.au to advise SV so you can be added into the database.  Please Remeber:  You will need to register and create a login before you attempt the course (or if you have already registered previously and forgotten your password - you will need to retrieve your password).
  3. Liaise with your club to attend a workshop for the accreditation module you would like to do.  Once you have done the workshop your details will be forwarded to Swimming Victoria so we know you are progressing with your training. If your club doesn't have any workshops organised at the time, they can liaise with their District and/or District Referee to arrange one.
  4. Practice!  Now you know the theory, it is time to venture out to pool deck at your Club or District and practice the skills for the accreditation module.
  5. Are you ready?  Liaise with your Club/District to be assessed in a practical environment.  There are Assessors in each District, alternatively this can be arranged through the Swimming Victoria.
  6. Feedback.  Talk to your Assessor about how you went.  If your Assessor deems you  competent, Congratulations! Once the paperwork is finalised with Swimming Victoria you will receive your Accreditation Card from Swimming Australia within 4-6 weeks.  If you are not quite ready to be accredited, keep up the practice and arrange another assessment when you feel you have further developed your skills.
  7. Officiate!  You are now ready to hit pool deck and take the best seat in the house at events!  You can continue to develop yourself as an official and increase your skills by selecting other modules and becoming accredited in a variety of positions.



Swimming Victoria greatly appreciates the time and effort given to the sport of swimming by all Technical Officials across the State.  Whether at local Club/District level, at State events, or progressing to a National level, Swimming as a sport would not exist without Technical Officials.

Swimming Victoria provides a Welcome Pack to all Officials who become accredited for the first time.  The pack contains a set of resources that will provide you with information that will help you understand the officiating pathway and opportunities for you, as well as important resources to assist you as a Technical Officials. 

The Welcome Pack includes a Certificate, Name Badge,  Pathway Quide, Quick Reference Infraction Card, Swimming Victoria Rules, Guidelines to Running a Swimming Carnival, the Technical Officials Information Booklet and a few other relevant documentation.

Thank you for becoming an Official!




NOAP Cards have been distributed to all financial officials that have accreditations other than General Principles.  The cards were distribute in May 2017.  NOAP card will be issued once a year.  If you receive an upgrade to your accreditation cards will not be updated until the end of the season.  



An information booklet has been created to help familiarise Technical Officials at Swimming Victoria Meets.  See the Rules, Policies and Resources page to view the booklet.





Go to the 'School Meets' page for information on School Booking Procedures to request Swimming Victoria Officials for your school meets.


If you require Officials at your upcoming Club or District swim meet please do not hesitate to contact any of the Officials on the online Technical Officials Database.  All of the Officials on this list have provided Swimming Victoria with permission for their contact details to be promoted to Clubs and Districts seeking Officials.


List sorted by District.

List sorted Alphabetically.

Lists last updated 22 April 2017

 Please Note:  You must have the relevant qualifications to be listed on the Online Contact List.


Further Enquires re Officials at School Meets  Conact:  

Ashlea Keramidopoulos on 03 9230 9414 or email events@vic.swimming.org.au 


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Swimming Victoria has a number of Committee's, one which is the Technical & Officials Development Committee.  Elected by the SV Board, there are 6 positions on the committee.  This committee is responsible for the education and development of all Technical Officials in Victoria, and will advise the Swimming Victoria board on several topics, including matter related to the technical rules that govern swimming in Victoria and the professional development pathways available to Technical Officials.

Current members of the Swimming Victoria Tehcnical Committee are:

Jackie Madden (Chairperson) Peter Tindale         Patrick Southwell      
Harold Gusdorf Neil Mitchell Joshua Beaver



Officials Club

The Officials Club is a Swimming Victoria affiliated club.  it has been formed for the National Officiating Program (NOP) qualified Victoria Swimming Officials who may no longer be directly involved with a Swimming Club and wish to retain Swimming Victoria membership and undertake Official roles and duties at swim meets.  those officials who are already members of another swim club are encouraged tojoin the Officials Club as second claim members.

Officials Club 2017/2018 Membership Form

Officials Folders Order Form

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