At any swimming meet there are a range of different people involved in running the competition. Technical officials are the people in white who are responsible for ensuring that the rules of swimming are upheld and that all swimmers have the opportunity to compete fairly in whatever events they swim. At any meet there are a range of different officials including referee(s), starter, judges (stroke, finish and turns) and timekeepers. We need at least 20 officials across the different levels of qualification to run a meet
WHY SHOULD I BECOME AN OFFICIAL?
As a ‘swimming parent’ you spend a lot of time attending swimming meets. Becoming an official gives you an insight into how swimming meets work, provides you with something to do when child isn’t swimming and is a great opportunity to meet other parents from different clubs. From the Blackpool Aquatics perspective we need a pool of officials inside the club so that we can run our own meets as well as officiate at other clubs meets we attend.
HOW DO I BECOME AN OFFICIAL?
All you need is a clipboard, a stopwatch, a pen and an enthusiasm for swimming. There are five levels of swimming Official
Judge Level 1
Judge Level 2
Judge Level 2S (Starter)
Please speak to Garry or Janice if you are interested in becoming a BA official
For a more detailed overview of officials visit British Swimming