Becoming a Swim Official - Where to Start

On this page:

  • Officiating Education & Development Pathway

  • Links to Officiating Levels & Certification

  • Upcoming Officials Clinics

  • 2017 Newmarket Stingrays Changes to Credit System & Participation at Meets 

Officiating Education and Development Pathway

To become an official in swimming requires some knowledge of the sport.  You can gain that knowledge very quickly by helping out at swim meets.  Throughout the swim season, your Club Official Chair (COC) will arrange clinics to be conducted for those wishing to officiate.  Your region may also hold Regional Officials Clinics, where several different clinics are offered over a full day.  All on-deck officials start off with the Intro to Swimming Officiating that includes a timekeeper component and the Safety Marshal Clinic.  They then move on to Level II Clinics which includes the majority of other on-deck positions such as Stroke and Turn, Clerk of Course, Chief Timer, etc.  The Referee clinic is a Level III clinic. All clinic material is available under "Officials Clinics" section.

There are other specialized clinics that can be offered at either a regional or provincial level such as Para Swimming clinics and Open Water clinics.  

Swimming Canada has developed a standardized education program for swimming officials across Canada.  As part of the standardized education program, Swimming Canada has completed the updates to all clinics in the certification pathway found under "Officials Clinics" section.

(Above info from Swim Ontario) Link to this page

For Officiating Levels/Certification:

For a list of current Central Region clinics:

Swim Ontario Certification:

Swim Ontario Evaluation:

Online Clinics

The Introduction to Swimming clinic is also available online at:

FINA Officials Competitive Strokes Videos

Changes to Credit System & Participation at Meets

The Newmarket Stingrays exist largely because of the financial benefit of our swim meets.  There has been in the past a large burden placed on some families to run these meets while others at their choice have not been as involved.  Over the summer The Board of Directors has been working with Swim Ontario and reviewing other club’s policies to involve more of our membership.  It is in the best interest of the long-term viability of the club to make the following policy changes regarding our participation credit system, specifically, as it pertains to swim meet involvement.

  • A minimum of six session must be worked per family per season

  • Each swimmer’s parent or guardian will be required to complete one official’s clinic per year

  • Once signed up for a session the volunteer cannot cancel one week prior.  They can find a replacement and no fine will be issued. 

Failure to comply with both requirements above will result in a $100 fine per session/course missed at the completion of our final swim meet.