Training Courses + Material

NSW Timekeepers working at a meet

2020 SNSW COVID-19 webinar for TO's - how to run meets under COVID conditions

2020 SNSW Technical Official Mini-Forum - August

A huge thanks to Dave Cooper, Neil Rogers, Cherry Smith and Chris Hayes for presenting to the group of 70 officials, including some from from Victoria!

Thanks also to the TSC who played a big part in the afternoon.

2020 SNSW Technical Official Forum - May

The Annual Technical Officials Forum was held via Zoom for the first time on Saturday 23rd May. 95 officials from across NSW joined us (and even some from Victoria)!

Moving forward, the TSC will look at ways of recording and broadcasting these face-to-face days to a wider audience, i.e. for those who can't make the trip to Sydney. There may even be a chance to hold one further webinar later in 2020.

Please Click Here to access the full day's recording.


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 webinars, but hurry, they won't be available for long!

Referee Course

  • 2021 Swimming NSW Referee Course
  • 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

    Click Here to submit your application for 2021 Referee Course

    Applications close Sunday 13th December at 11:59pm.

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 Junior Metropolitan Championships

    Friday 27th November

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Suggest a time that suits you

    9am 28th November 2020

    NSW Senior State Age Championships

    Any across the six days


    During session breaks (dependent on session length)

    9am 12th December, 2020

    NSW Country Regional meets – North Coast, Mounains & Plains, and South Eastern Areas

    Select a date – dependant on Supervisor availability

    TBC based on Meet location

    Select a time – dependant on Supervisor availability

    10am 23rd January, 2021

    NSW Country Championships

    Friday 19th February

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    9am or as close to as possible

    3pm Friday 19th February, 2021

    NSW Senior Metropolitan Championships

    Friday 26th February

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Suggest a time that suits you

    9am 27th February, 2021

    NSW Multi Class #1 Meet

    Sunday 7th March

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    9am or earlier

    1:30pm 7th March, 2021

    NSW State Open

    Any across the four meet days


    During session breaks (dependent on session length)

    5:30pm Thursday 18th March, 2021

    NSW Junior State Age Championships

    Friday 26th March

    SNSW Office / Boardroom

    Suggest a time that suits you

    9am Saturday 27th March, 2021

    NSW Sydney Open

    Any across the four meet days


    During session breaks (dependent on session length)

    5:30pm Thursday 13th May, 2021


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