How to Become An Official

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If you're interested in becoming an official, you've come to the right place!

The Montana Swimming Officials Chair is Merle Gunderson from Great Falls e-mail or phone 406-727-2724.


2016-2018 Montana Swimming Requirements to Officiate:  Word    PDF   Here are the basic how to's of how to become a certified official as well as how to renew your official's certifications. Learn how to become a stroke and turn official, starter, referee, timer, and administrative official.  

Deck Time Report Form    --    XLS -- PDF  You need to keep track of your training time on deck. Use this form to record your stroke and turn training time. It must be submitted with your application to become a certified official.

Officials Application    --    DOC -- PDF  Here is the application to officiate. Complete it, include your deck time report form and e-mail it to the Montana Swimming Officials Chair Merle Gunderson.

2018 USA Swimming Apprentice Official Application  Word

2018 USA Swimming Non-Athlete Registration Form    Word


Training videos, tests, rule books:

To find these resources go to the USA Swimming website. Click on member services and then the officials tab to find the stroke and turn videos to view. You will also find the official's tests and the current USA Swimming rule book.

USA Swimming has released a new starter's training video as of November 2016. It, along with all the other training videos, are available on the USA Swimming website at:

Starter trainees, please see a referee on your team or the Montana Swimming officials chair for additional information if needed.

>>> USA Swimming Officials Resources Page <<<

Link to the USA Swimming Officials Resource Page. This page contains news relative to Officiating as well as information about how to become a swimming official. There are also a number of forms related to officiating at USA Swimming meets, including uniform ordering information, and downloads for rules and regulations.