Florida Gold Coast Officials

This coming long course season there will be a couple of local meets eligible for N2 and N3 evaluations. The Officials Committee encourages our Officials to improve their craft. One way to do this is to advance from your FGC certification to the N2 and N3 Level.
Follow this link and see if you are ready for the next level or recertification.
The 2018 Michael Lohberg Meet in Coral Springs is an N2 and N3 Qualifying Meet.
June 15-17, 2018 is your chance to improve your national deck skills.  Request for Evaluation needs to be sent to Mike Nagy, Meet Referee - ASAP. Also, please click here to complete the Evaluation Request/Intent to Officiate form.  If you have any questions, contact Mike Nagy via email or phone: (954) 336-4717.
2018 Swim Fort Lauderdale International Classic - Intent to Officiate
June 22-24, 2018.  Come join us for fun in the sun at the Hall of Fame pool. 
Click here to notify the meet referee - Kathy Fish of your intent.


2018 Southern Zone South Sectional Championship




This year's meet will be held at the Stephen C. O'Connell Center Pool at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  The meet runs from Friday, July 6, 2018 through Monday (yes Monday) July 9, 2018.  I have attached the meet information letter to this email.


You must apply to officiate at this meet.  The following link should take you to the application:


If you encounter problems with the link it has also been posted in the event's web page on the Florida Swimming web site.  


This meet has been designated as an Official's Qualifying meet.  The Request for Evaluation is part of the aforementioned Application; just remember to click on continue after you complete the application to bring up the request.  I have attached the OQM approval letter listing the available certifications.


I will be forwarding additional information about the meet over the next few weeks.  If you have any questions about the meet please contact me at


Jeff Breault

Lead Team Chief Judge

2018 Southern Zone South Sectional Championship


Click Here to go to the USA Swimming Web Site Officials Page.


List of Official's Membership Requirements




Officials Committee 

Official's Chair

Steven Goldman

Assistant Chair

Kathy Fish


Adam Zeichner


Fabio Meira


Allan Golding


Beth Wilkerson

Palm Beach

Scott Boggs

Palm Beach

Brian Lacusky

Open Water

Hector Acevedo




Welcome to the world of swim officiating! This page contains all the information you need to become an entry level swim official. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Steve Goldman.


Why Be An Official?

There are lots of great reasons to become a swim official…

  • We need you! Maybe it looks to you like we have plenty of folks on deck…but the fact is that at most meets we have about half the number of folks we need to effectively officiate!

  • Contribute meaningfully to the sport! Sitting in the stands or in a lawn chair on deck is better than not showing up for your children, but becoming an official demonstrates to them the kind of parent you are --- caring and active.

  • Great view! You are right there at the point of the action.

  • Hospitality! At most all meets you are ‘fed and watered’ to your hearts content.

  • Camaraderie! Meet and make friends with lots of other folks from all over your area and the state, and enjoy the energy and spirit of the officials group.

  • We are NOT little league…in swimming, unlike many sports, we pay for professional coaching, and rely on volunteer officials…that’s the way it should be, not the other way around!


What do ‘Stroke and Turn Judges’ do?

The officials help the coaches and swimmers by maintaining a fair competitive environment. Stroke and Turn Judges (S/T) will observe the swimmers after the start and report any violations of the stroke and turn rules to the Referee. Officials should never incorrectly report a violation of the rules, as it is expected that all reports are based on 100% certainty that what is reported as a disqualification is a violation of the rules. The swimmers ALWAYS get the benefit of the doubt!



Swimming officials are divided into several levels, and once you have become a S/T judge, you can choose to progress to additional levels if you wish. There is no level more important than the Stroke and Turn level, but you learn additional skills at each level. The additional levels are:

• Starter

• Deck Referee

• Meet Referee

• Clinical Instructor (someone who teaches clinics)

How To Become An Official

Certification at each level requires formal instruction (a clinic), testing, and supervised experience on deck. For Starter and Referee, experience at the preceding level is also required.

Here are the specific steps required:

1. Become a USA Swimming non-athlete member

2.  Create a login/password for USA Swimming / Deck Pass (if you don't have one already) and link it to your non-athlete membership

3. Complete a (level II) background check

4. Complete the Athlete Protection Course

5.  Attend a Stroke and Turn Clinic.

6. Take and pass the Stroke and Turn online test 

7. Complete four sessions on deck as an apprentice official during which time you will shadow an experienced official.

The above steps can be completed in about any order, although step #5 must precede step #7.


Officiating Videos from USA Swimming

Individual Medley