Process to become new officials>>>


Listed below is the process to become a new stroke and turn official. The team will reimburse any expenses to get certified. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Thanks, Coach Dee 

Below you will find instructions for getting started.  Please start by completing the Apprentice Application today.  While waiting for your application to be processed, you can complete the background check process.  This will also take a couple of days to process. 

NEW OFFICIAL CHECKLIST How to Become a Stroke & Turn Official - 

Complete the online Apprentice Application

It will take couple of days (weekdays) for KY Swimming to add you to the database.  

Develop an account with USA Swimming (if you already have one, go to Link your account)

  • Go to
  • In top hand corner of site, click on Login/Register
  • Register to establish an account

Link your membership in USA Swimming

  • Login to USA Swimming
  • Go to top right-hand corner of the site
  • Click on your name and select MY ACCOUNT
  • Find USA Swimming Membership Link and search for your name to link the account

***For those that already with a USA Swimming login and have linked to your swimmer’s membership, you will need to unlink from your child’s account to link to your account

Complete Background Check

Concussion Protocol Training (CPT) All non-athlete coach and official members must complete CPT

View USA Swimming Instruction Videos (bottom of How to Become an Official page)

  • NOTE: Rule change not found in video – hands stacked at the touch in breaststroke and butterfly

Attend the Officials Clinic

  • You can attend the clinic at while in the process of completing the tasks above.  The clinic should be completed prior to starting your apprenticeships.
  • It is helpful to watch the USA Swimming Instruction Videos prior to attending the Stroke and Turn Clinic


Additional information - The items below will be discussed in the Clinic –

Take Certification Stroke and Turn/Timer test (Wet Side)

  • Take on-line at (You can download the Rules and Regulations PDF, located on the About tab)
  • Go to; set up an account and log-in
  • Under the OFFICIALS tab, select ONLINE TESTING
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the red button, Start/Resume Online Test
  • From the drop-down menu, Select A Test, choose Certification-Stroke and Turn/Timer and take the test

Apprentice 4 Sessions

  • Inform Meet Referee of your intention to apprentice, contact info found in the meet information
  • Attend stroke briefing 30 minutes prior to each session – SIGN IN
  • MUST have Apprentice Verification Form filled out for each session
  • Apprentice with various ages/levels of swimmers
  • Wear white top, khaki bottoms, white shoes
  • Submit completed Apprentice Verification Form
  • Keep a copy for yourself
  • Scan or take a photo and email to Officials’ Chair, Becky Gilpatrick, [email protected]

Receive Credentials