2020 Sponsors


To play a big role in the functioning of a swim meet, parents are encouraged to become an Official. Please contact the Officials Coordinator Jon Hayes to get started.


For the benefit of our club we need to build a strong pool of Officials.  First year families are encouraged to take the Introduction to Swimming online course through Swim Alberta. Then, each year, we would like our Officials to proceed to the next level of courses.


Don’t forget that working as an Official is a great way to collect your volunteer points to meet your annual club commitment.


Courses will be available online and we will also run an in-person training at the Rec Centre for Introduction To Swimming and for Stroke And Turn.   Provisional dates for these courses are May 19th and May 20th 2020



** New for 2020 **

Any member who completes an official’s certification course and 3 corresponding deck evaluations by Regionals in August 2020, will have their name entered into a draw for a chance to win 2 x $250 OSSSC gift card. This gift card can be put towards your registration fees in 2021.



How to become an Official:

1. Register as a Prospective Official


2. Take a course   

  • To start, here are the steps listed from Swim Alberta:


  • For Introduction to Swimming and Safety Marshall courses, please begin the e-learning modules here using the login from step 1:
  • https://edu.swimming.ca/


3. Sign up for a Mentor Session at a swim meet

  • Email the Officials Coordinator at least 2 weeks before a swim meet to confirm you are interested.
  • Or sign up via the Okotoks Stingrays website.
  • The mock meet is a great place to begin with your mentor shift.
  • A request will be sent to the Meet Manager to assign you with an experienced Official.
  • Come prepared - please print off a copy of the Officials Certification Card to obtain Referee signature at the end of your mentor shift.


3.  Continue with Deck Evaluations

  • All Officials positions, require you to complete two deck evaluations.
  • Again, email the Officials Coordinator 2 weeks before a swim meet to confirm availability.
  • Or sign up via the Okotoks Stingrays website.
  • A request will be sent to the Meet Manager.
  • Depending on the Officials position, there may be plenty of spots to fill or there maybe one spot to fill. A request to the Meet Manager does NOT guarantee that you will fill that spot.
  • The Officials Coordinator will contact you a few days before the swim meet to confirm you have a shift.


4.  Submit your documents

  • Ensure you have had your Officials Certification card signed by Referee.
  • One mentor shift and two deck evaluations.
  • Send a scanned copy of the card to the Officials Coordinator who will update your Swim Alberta Officials record. Congratulations on becoming a certified official!