Training Courses & Events

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2021 Upcoming Training or Events


2021 Announcer Course

The 2021 course has been postponed indefinitely. SNSW will communicate the new date once it has been confirmed.


2021 Technical Official Awards Evening

Unfortunately, the SNSW 2021 Technical Official Awards Evening & Dinner has been postponed indefinitely. We will look to provide updates to Officials in the coming weeks.

SNSW TSC recognizes Officials via the following categories:

- Appreciation Award
- Services to Officiating
- Berry Rickards Encouragement Award
- Area Technical Convenor of the Year
- Open Water Official of the Year
- Pool Technical Official of the Year


Meet Manager Operator course now Online!

Click Here to access and complete the course in your own time!

2021 Webinars

  • 2021 Technical Official Forum
  • The Swimming NSW Technical Swimming Committee held its 2021 TO Forum on Sunday 25th July.
    The recent lockdown extension within NSW forced changes to our upcoming events, including the Forum, which took place Via ZOOM over two parts on this day.

    SESSION 1       9:30am - 11:30am SESSION 2      1:30pm -  3:15pm

    SAL Inclusive Swimwear Policy 
    Presented by Michael Woods (Swimming Australia)

    Please view the official webinar here prior to the forum. A copy of the presentation slides are also available here.

    “How we see Technical Officials”  Presented by special guest coaches:
    ASCTA NSW President and Manly SC Head Coach Justin Rothwell & Mingara Aquatic Head Coach - Jen Noel
    Officiating Para Swimming 
    Presented by our Special Guest panel of Cherry Smith, Pam Weste and Murray Smith.
    Rules of Swimming
    Issues present in swimming today
    Presented by members of the Swimming NSW TSC
    Recording available HERE Recording available HERE
  • Meet Manager Introduction webinars
  • Across the month of June, Swimming NSW facilitated three separate Meet Manager introduction webinars via Zoom. These webinars were be presented by Cherry Smith, each consisting of varying topics.

    Swimming NSW would like to thank Cherry for her time with these webinars. We are blessed to have such a knowledgeable and passionate Meet Manager Operator (and Official) in NSW.

    You can access the webinar notes and recordings below.

    Webinar 1 - Wednesday 9th June 7:30pm

    - Topics - refer to Part 1 only

    Notes from the evening can be found here. Recording available here.

    Webinar 2 Wednesday 16th June 7:30pm

    - Topics - refer to Part 2 only

    Notes from the evening can be found here. Recoding available here.

    Webinar 3 - Wednesday 23rd June 7:30pm

    - Topics - refer to Part 3 only

    Notes from the evening can be found here. Recoding available here.

  • Office of Sport - temporarily available webinars
  • The NSW Office of Sport has made public their High Performing Officiating webinars, led by former ICC Test Umpire of the year Simon Taufel.

    As well officiating at the highest level of cricket for years, Simon is now an accomplished public speaker and his workshops are not to be missed by developing officials. Here is a brief clip that provides some background on Simon

    Click Here to access these recorded webinars.

Referee Course

  • 2021 Swimming NSW Referee Course
  • Applications for the 2021 course are now Closed.

    Swimming NSW is proud to call for applications for our 2021 Referee Course. The aim of the Course is to educate and develop 20 Technical Officials to become Referees by the end of 2021.

    The Swimming NSW Technical Committee, with guidance from the Area Technical Swimming Committee Coordinators, will select up to 20 Technical Officials to participate in the Swimming NSW Referee Course, which consists of a combination of face-to-face and webinar meetings, as well as pool deck experience. The Course will commence in January 2021 and run until approximately November, when we will aim for the candidates to complete their Level 1 Referee Assessment.

    Please note:  The normal Referee Accreditation process will still occur outside of this Course. i.e. it is not a requirement to complete this Course to become a Referee.

    The Course will be led by a Course Manager who will host either a Webinar or face to face session every 6-8 weeks throughout the year with candidates to complete course work between these sessions. The Course will also feature guests presenters on specific topics of expertise, include a detailed curriculum specifically aimed at preparing the candidates to be competent Referees and how to source a Mentor.

    To be eligible for this course, candidates must meet the following criteria;

    • Swimming NSW Member
    • Valid Working with Children Check
    • Hold at least four current Technical Official accreditations (in addition to General Principles)
    • It is not essential but desirable if candidates hold Inspector of Turn and Judge of Stroke accreditation

Training Materials

Referee Examinations

  • Referee Examination Dates
  • Please email Josh at if you are interested in sitting the Referee exam prior to one of the upcoming Swimming NSW meets in Sydney Olympic Park.


    Associated meet

    Exam Date

    Venue of Exam

    Exam Start Time

    Meet Start Time

    NSW LC Qualifying Meet

    Saturday 4th December

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    Morning start required

    9:00am 4th Dec, 2021

    NSW Multiclass Championships

    Saturday 11th December


    In between heats and finals session

    3:00pm 9th Dec, 2021

    NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

    Saturday 18th December

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    Morning start required

    9:00am 18th Dec, 2021

    NSW Country Regional Meets – Griffith, Gunnedah & Singleton

    Saturday 8th January

    TBC at each venue


    10:00am 8th January, 2022

    NSW Senior State Age Championships

    20-25th  January (excl. 23rd)

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    In between heats and finals session

    9:00am 20th January 2022

    NSW Country Championships

    Friday 18th February

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    Morning start required

    TBD 18th  February 2022

    NSW State Open Championships

    4-6th March

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    In between heats and finals session

    9:00am Friday 4th March, 2022

    NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

    Saturday 19th March

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    Morning start required

    9:00am 19th March, 2022

    NSW Junior State Age Championships

    Saturday 26th March

    SNSW Office or SOPAC

    Morning start required

    9:00am 26th March, 2022


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