In order to provide a top quality swim experience, many officials are required. Swim officials are never paid, instead they are volunteer parents and enthusiasts. There are a number of different types of officials required; timers, stroke and turn judges, marshaling, etc. These positions are all within the capabilities of any parent, and short training clinics are provided to train the inexperienced. These clinics teach the basic skills and can lead to S.N.C. officiating designations.
Officials at swim meets in Alberta are to wear black pants or shorts and a white shirt if possible. Unless working at a Provincial or National level meet, this is just a recommendation.
Official courses are available online at http://swimalberta.ca/officials/clinics. E-learning modules are offered for the first courses that one should take - Introduction to swimming official and safety marshal. Please look at the how to PDF in order to understand on how to proceed with the E-learning modules. Anyone 14 and older can take the introduction to swimming and work as a timer. There are also other online courses that are available on the link above. These are self-learning clinics that need to be registered with Swim Alberta when completed. The link for registering these courses can be found here. For both the e-modules and the online learning, we request that you email email@example.com to let us know that you have completed a course, so that we can credit your account with points.
Classroom Course dates will be posted below as they become available (you can also look on the Swim Alberta website, under officials, to see what clinics are coming up). Typically, Northern Region offers classroom clinics at a session in the fall, and again in the spring. Clinics like the Level 2 Stroke and Turn are better if they are taken in a classroom.
Official Certification Form
Print this document and bring with you when you time at meets. You will need to get it signed off 3 times by the Meet Referee. Once your form is complete, give it or email it to the Official's Chair so your records can be updates, then you will be able to move on the next course.
Our club is in desperate need of more officials trained in Clerk of Course and Recorder/Scorer. If you want to learn please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will let you know how to proceed.