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We need you on pool deck

Without Technical Officials (TO's) there are no swim meets, and the swimmers have no competition. TO's are extremely valued and important members of the swimming community and you can help!

Swimming NSW conducts training in all technical aspects of swimming. New officials are constantly in demand. A swim meet needs a lot of officials - in an eight lane pool at least 40 are necessary if the meet is to run well. Being an official is an excellent way of supporting your children in their favourite sport.

Swimming Championships and Meets are conducted by Clubs, Areas, State and National Bodies. Swimming Australia qualified Technical Officials officiate at these various Meets.

There are also some fringe benefits! If you volunteer before the meet and get your name on the roster, you will normally have free pool entry. You will receive a complimentary program, and lunch and snacks are usually provided at full day Meets. At State and National meets you'll get free parking.

Things to remember:

Watch a short video on becoming a Technical Official here.

Please join our State-wide Technical Official Facebook page to converse with other TO’s and learn of upcoming events and opportunities!

Here is your Reference Guide which shows all the requirements to progress through the easy-to-follow pathway!

How to Become a Technical Official

The training and assessment of technical officials is organised by the ATSCC. "ATSCC" is short for Area Technical Swimming Committee Coordinator. Tell your Club that you want to become a qualified technical official or gain extra qualifications.

You must be a registered member of Swimming NSW and of secondary school age or older. Your Club will contact the ATSCC who will:

Technical Official Positions on the pool deck:



Chief Timekeeper 


Check Starter 

Marshal (Clerk of Course)


Meet Manager Operator

Operator of AOE 

Control Room Supervisor

Judge of Stroke 

Inspector of Turns 

Other roles



Presentation Officers


National Accreditation Program

All Technical Officials in Australia are now being trained and assessed under the guidelines of Swimming Australia's National Officiating Program. Training and assessing is conducted through competency based modules similar to workplace competency courses.

For further information on the Swimming Australia National Accreditation Program, please click here. Or alternatively, please visit the Swimming Australia website.


Before You Begin Your Training

Candidates must complete the relevant Training Exercises, accompanied by the Training Notes if applicable, before meeting with the Course Presenter to gain accreditation in any of the SAL Learner Guide/Modules. 

Training Format

The Course Presenter will take the candidate through the SAL Learner Guide/Modules and they will be asked to complete a short written assessment. At the conclusion you will be told when the candidate will be assessed in a practical officiating environment.

The Course Assessor will assess the candidate in a practical officiating environment, probably at a Club meet or at Club night. He/she will assess the candidate as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ by assessing them on a list of criteria necessary to be competent in that technical official position.

If the candidate is deemed ‘competent’ in ALL the criteria, the assessor will forward their name on to Swimming Australia as being competent in that position.

All accredited technical officials are issued with a National Technical Official Accreditation card. The card will identify the units (technical official positions) in which the candidate has achieved competency. If you have not received your accreditation card please click here.

For first time technical officials being accredited, you also receive a Swimming NSW Technical Official Badge. If you have not received your Swimming NSW Technical Official Badge please email josh.karp@nsw.swimming.org.au

If the candidate is deemed as ‘not yet competent’ the Course Assessor will discuss with them what needs to be done for they can become ‘competent’.


Have a question or two about Technical Course content that you need answered quickly?

Ask Sam is a new webpage dedicated to answering your queries about officiating, specifically accreditation course content.

Feel free to put forward your query at any time on this website, and it will be updated as soon as possible.

Sam from Ask Sam is now coordinating a group on Facebook! Click here to access the group if you are a registered Technical Official.

The Technical Official Facebook group is a team of like-minded people who share a love for swimming and here you'll find all sorts of valuable information, as well as the chance to connect with or reach out to officials from all over New South Wales!

Online Training Courses for Technical Officials


One of the key barriers to them officiating in our sport is having the time to complete the necessary training. Now with the SNSW Online Training Courses, interested individuals can complete the training where and when they want.

Swimming NSW is proud to officially launch its online Training Courses for Technical Officials. This new initiative is designed to help our volunteers quickly and easily gain the confidence and skills to help run a swim meet. Currently, the following courses are available online:

Timekeeper and Chief Timekeeper

Check Starter and Clerk of the Course (Marshal)

Inspector of Turns

Judge of Stroke


Recorder (To be Announced soon!)

Once individuals have successfully completed the training (thoery) they will receive a certificate to print out and take to their next Meet so they can be assessed (practical) to become fully accredited.

To view the courses as they become available please visit the Swimming NSW training page here: https://nswtraining.swimming.org.au/

If you have not yet registered, follow the simple flow chart process below.




An email notification will be sent to you when you pass any of the modules. Your Area Technical Convenor will be able to follow up with the individual to organise assessments or answer any questions.

A dashboard of results can be found here.

This information is confidential to people who have access to this link.

Also available Online is the Introductory Level Officiating - General Principals.  Please click on this link to register and begin your training:  https://learning.ausport.gov.au/mylearning/catalogue/index?menu=Home#/detail?

For further information, please see our FAQ sheet.

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