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.
For all the information you require please view the The Technical Officials Manual.
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) 9686 5222.
To become a Technical Official in Swimming there are a few basic requirments that you need to meet:
- Volunteers must be a registered member of Swimming Victoria.
- Volunteers should be of secondary school age as a minimum
- Eyesight is an important element of Swimming Officiating. All Officials should be able to have vision equl to or better than (6/6) vision with the use of visionary aids, unless specific consideration is applied in individual circumstances, based on the role being undertaken.
- Obtain a current Victorian Working With Children Check. Go to the Department of Justice website.
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.
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).
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!
Level 2 Advancement for Starters & Referees
CLICK HERE to determine the requirments for Level 2 advancement for Starters & Referees.
View Swimming Australia's National Technical Official Accreditation Program brochure for more information.
For a more detailed description from the Chief Referee, view the Pathway to Qualification as a Swimming Official.
BASIC STEPS TO BECOMING AN OFFICIAL
- Interested? Let your swimming club know!
- Complete the free online General Principles Course (see above). On completing the online course email the email@example.com 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Chief Referee.
- 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.
- 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.
NEW OFFICIALS WELCOME PACKS
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.
In an effort to recognise and reward people who join the ranks of Technical Officials,, Swimming Victoria provides Welcome Packs to all Officials who become accredited for the first time. This is just a small way to recognise the committment that people make when becoming accredited, and to thank them for their contribution to our sport. Once your accreditation is processed, your Welocme Pack will mailed to you.
The Welcome Pack includes a Letter of Congratulations, Certificate, Name Badge, Swimming Victoria Tote Bag, 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!
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the upgrade with the National Membership System, Swimming Australia have not been able to process Technical Official Accreditations. Cards have not been distributed since September 2013 and will not be distributed until the NOP Database has been completed. If you would like to know your current qualifications, please contact Sharon Rich at Swimming Victoria.
TECHNICAL OFFICIALS AT SWIMMING VICTORIA MEETS
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.
OFFICIATING AT CLUB AND SCHOOL MEETS
Go to the 'School Meets' page for information on School Booking Procedures to request Swimming Victoria Officials for your school meets.
CLUBS & DISTRICTS:
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.
TECHNICAL OFFICIALS CONTACT LIST:
List sorted by District.
List sorted Alphabetically.
Lists last updated 26 July 2016.
Please Note: You must have the relevant qualifications to be listed on the Online Contact List.
Swimming Victoria has a number of Committee's, one which is the Technical Committee. The Technical Committee consists of approximately ten (10) qualified Technical Officials from around the State elected to the Committee through annual nominations ratified by the Board. The Technical Committee meets monthly and is responsible for the formulation of strategic direction and the vision of Technical Official matters of Swimming across all of Victoria.
Current members of the Swimming Victoria Tehcnical Committee are:
|Sandy Frame (Chairperson)||Joffre Charles||Lawrie Cox (Board Liaison)|
|Max Digby||Margaret Lang||Judith Smith (OAM)|
|Janice Smith OAM||Peter Tindale|
|Sharon Rich (Staff Liaison)|
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.