As a way to assist our Technical Official's development, we host a number of workshops, in-person and via online platforms. Information on how to watch and participate in these live are emailed to our TO database. Alternatively, replays will be posted below. If you have any questions on the below or would like to receive information on these opportunities, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Workshop & Webinar Replays
- Infraction Reporting Workshop
- Judge of Stroke & Inspector of Turns Workshop
- Starter & Referee Workshop
- Rules of Swimming - Updates & Changes
- Swimming NSW TO Forum
- Sarah Connor, The Black Dog Institute - Ways in which the Black Dog Institute can assist TOs in both a swimming and external environment (from 5:50 on the recording)
- Lydia Dowse, Head of Integrity & Risk, Swimming Australia - The responsibilities of TOs on and around pool deck and case studies on illegal behaviour and how to report incidents (from 1:01:00 on the recording)
- Cherry Smith, FINA Referee - a presentation that gives you an introduction into Multi-Class (MC) officiating (from 2:04:00 on the recording)
- Meet Manager
- How to setup a meet
- How to change lane preferences
- How to add events to a competition
- How to create sessions and a session report
- How to import entries
- How to enter relays
- How to manually enter a swimmer
- How to seed an event
- How to export entries
- How to print reports (psych sheets & program)
- How to run a meet using the dolphin system
- How to setup and publish times on Meet Mobile.
- Exporting MM backup files and TM files
- How to open a meet in MM
- How to set-up a meet using ARES, Dolphin or Colorado timing systems - checking that the interface between MM and the timing system is working.
- How to check is MM is working
- How to scratch swimming from races
- How to notes that a swimmer swam in the wrong lane
- Adding a 'Did not start/swim' (NS)
- Adding a 'Did Not Finish' (DNF)
- Adding a false start or disqualification
- Mental Health and Wellbeing
- Integrity, Risk & Child Safety
- Para Swimming Webinar
- 11 & Under Swimsuit Policy Update
Tracey Rowell, Swimming Tasmania's Technical Director, gives a workshop on infraction reporting at a swim meet including, how to fill out an infraction report and what is considered an infraction.
Sandy Frame hosts a webinar on the positions of Judge of Stroke and Inspector of Turns. He goes into detail on the responsibilities of officials undertaking these roles as well as tips on what to watch for.
Louise Mellington gives a presentation on the roles and responsibilities of a Starter at all levels of swim meets, including both club level and national level.
Tracey Rowell describes her experiences as a referee as well as giving an overview of the positions responsibilities and the knowledge needed to attain your referee accreditation.
Janice & Judith Smith, who have both been officiating for over 50 years, explain the updates and changes to the rules of swimming that were made by Swimming Australia in November 2019.
Swimming NSW hosted their 2020 Technical Officials forum via Zoom which included some great presentations that are available to watch as replays:
Basics - creating a competition
Damian Arnold runs through the basic functions of the Meet Manager software and demonstrates the skills needed to create a competition.
Skill videos (included in the full webinar):
Running a Competition using Meet Manager
Education on how to run a competition using the Meet Manager program as well as extra skills that may be needed. Aimed at Club and District administrators running meets as well as Technical Officials looking to learn the program in preparation to gain their Meet Manager Operator accreditation.
Meet Manager Operator Workshop
Psychologist Megan Davis gives a presentation on our general health and well-being, discussing ways in which we can support ourselves and others during difficult times.
Swimming Australia's head of Integrity and Risk, Lydia Dowse gives an presentation focusing on integrity and risk in our sport, as well as the responsibilities of technical officials in regards to child safety in Victoria. This is an important topic that addresses the responsibilities of everyone who is on and around pool deck at swim meets.
Paul Carter, a World Para Swimming Official from Northern Territory gives an education session on para swimming, focusing on Starts and a few differences between able-body swimming and para swimming.
In June 2021, we held information session for Technical Officials on the changes to the 11 & Under Swimsuit Policy. Access the replay here.