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2020 SNSW Technical Official Forum

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.

Sarah Connor - Black Dog Institute

Sarah's discussion entailed ways in which the Black Dog Institute can assist TO's, both in a swimming and external environment.
The Swimming NSW Board of Directors have confirmed that SNSW will continue to work closely with BDI to ensure the ongoing mental heath of not only Technical Officials, but the entire swimming community in NSW.

If you have any questions pertaining to Sarah's talk, please email Josh Karp who will forward your question on.

Lydia Dowse - Swimming Australia (

Lydia's presentation informed listeners the responsibilities of Technical Officials on and around pool deck, and also highlighted some case studies of illegal behaviour and how to report incidents.

In the event of serious incidents that will require police intervention, it is recommended that parties contact Police in the first instance.

If you have any questions pertaining to Lydia's talk, please email Josh Karp who will forward your question on.

Cherry Smith

The Multi-Class Point score and the National Classification Master list, as discussed during the presentation, can be located here on the Swimming Australia website. Blackened goggles can be found/purchased here, among other sites.


Presentation slides

WPS Swimming DQ Descriptors

WPS Codes of Exception

Online Training Courses

We are proud to officially launch our 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 on our training website

Timekeeper and Chief Timekeeper

Check Starter and Clerk of the Course (Marshal)

Inspector of Turns

Judge of Stroke



Dolphin Timing Equipment

Also available Online is the Introductory Level Officiating - General Principles, which we recommend you complete before starting any other training modules. Click on this link to register and begin your training.

Swimming NSW Referee Course

Swimming NSW is proud to call for applications for its inaugural Referee Course. The aim of the Course is to educate and develop 20 Technical Officials to become Referees by the end of 2020.

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. The Course will commence in January 2020 and run until 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 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

The application form for the 2021 course will be available later in 2020.


Traditional Swimming Australia NOAP Learner Guides

The Swimming Australia learner guides have been updated to reflect stronger officiating principles to assist technical officials with their understanding. As per Sport Australia requirements, these guides have been refreshed to be more contemporary and have also been updated in line with recent changes to FINA rules.

These Guides now also allow Technical Officials to work at their own pace with information easier to comprehend for technical officials at any level or experience. 

General Principles - please note, you will have to register here before beginning the course


Chief Timekeeper

Check Starter


Clerk of Course

Inspector of Turns

Judge of Stroke

Chief Recorder

Finish Judge

AOE Operator

Meet Manager Operator



Multi Class Referee

Self Management for Advanced Officials


A Learner Guide Module Coversheet must be completed in full to prove an official has gained an accreditation:

Standard Module Cover Sheet

Module Cover Sheet for Starter and Referee Accreditations

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


    Exam Start Time

    Meet Starts

    NSW Country Championships

    Friday 21 February, 2020

    SNSW Office


    3PM - 21 February 2020

    NSW Junior Metropolitan Championships

    Friday 6 March, 2020


    SNSW Office

    Anytime before 1PM

    Saturday 7 March, 2020

    NSW Junior State Age Championships

    Friday 27 March, 2020


    SNSW Office

    Anytime before 1PM

    Saturday 28 March, 2020

    Sydney Open

    Thursday 14 May, 2020

    SNSW Office

    Anytime before 12PM

    Thursday 14 May, 2020


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