Swim meets are an essential part of the sport of swimming, allowing athletes to test their skill and reach their swimming goals!

Swimming officials implement the technical and administrative rules of swimming and ensure the competition is fair for all athletes. Officials’ positions are filled by volunteers including parents, family members, and individuals dedicated to the sport of swimming.  To qualify as a swim official, individuals attend clinics, receive on-deck training, and are certified by Swim Saskatchewan. 

Officiating at meets relies heavily on parents participating as officials. In fact, a swim meet will not run without the assistance of certified parents. Many parents complete the Level 1 Introduction to Officiating Clinic and the Stroke and Turn Clinic and spend their time on deck as Timers, Head Lane Timers, Stroke Judges or Turn Judges. However, all volunteers are encouraged to move beyond these entry-level positions. Being certified beyond these positions will add variety to the volunteer experience and help fill an ever-present need to develop deck officials.


Level 1 Intro to Officiating (Timekeeper), Safety Marshall, & Chief Timekeeper eModules:


  • Officials can login, must first be an active official. To become an active official, the PIPEDA form MUST be completed and submitted to your club official’s administrator (COA).

  • Links to help you become an active official:

Form required (once per season; Sept 1 – August 31): Official’s PIPEDA form

Further information: Swim Sask Officials Policies

  • Once the COA receives your PIPEDA they can then set up your online officials account. Once this account is activated you will receive an autogenerated email with your login information.

  • As a registered and active official, you will then be able to log into the Swimming Canada EDU system:

  • You will click the red square MEMBER LOGIN and login with your username and password, that your COA will have set up for you and that you will have received in an auto-generated email from Swimming Canada.

  • Once you are logged into your officials account you will select Session and then choose the online module you wish to take. There are currently TWO e-modules available:

  1. Intro to Officiating (Timekeeper) eModule
  2. Safety Marshall eModule

  • Select which you wish to take and click ENROL.

Swim Officials
For most of the meets we host in our pool, the following officials are on-deck at each session:

  • Referee: 1 or 2
  • Starter: 1 or 2
  • Clerk of Course: 1 or 2
  • Chief Timekeeper: 1
  • Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics: 2
  • Head Lane Timer: 8
  • Turn Judge-turn end: 4 - 8
  • Stroke Judge: 4
  • Timers: 8 – 16

This gives you an idea of how many people are needed for each session, and how important it is that you take the clinics and become certified. Officiating is a great way to be involved, meet other parents from your club and from other clubs, and watch the swimming. Officiating at meets is a rewarding way to be involved in the sport while your children are involved in swimming. Becoming certified as a referee is a rewarding experience and staying involved in the sport.

BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE -  From time to time the RODS will put on classes to help get parents certified to all levels of officiating.  Swim Meets cannot run without the involvement of officials therefore all parents are encouraged to get involved with some form of officiating. For more details contact