We are excited you’ve decided to become a USA Swimming official.  Becoming an official is a great way to get more involved with the sport of swimming.  There’s no better way to watch a meet than from right on the deck.  You will have fun at meets and you will meet great new people along the way. 

Swimming officiating is a step-based, certified process.  You are about to take the first step by becoming a Stroke & Turn official.  We have created this page, which contains multiple links, with all the steps you need to register through to becoming a Qualified Stroke & Turn official. 


1. Registration 

  • Create or Log In to your USA Swimming Account
  • Access USA Swimming University by clicking on "EDUCATION" tab to complete the following requirements/required courses:

    • Background Check- use same email account associated with USA Swimming account

    • Athlete Protection Training (APT)- may take up to 24 hours to show on your account profile

    • Concussion Protocal Training (CPT)- email completion certificate to [email protected]

  • ​Contact your swim club contact and ask them to send you their club registration link to become a non athlete member of USA Swimming.  While logged in to your USA Swimming account, click on the registration link you received from your club.  Remember to select "official" while registering.  The cost of registration is $70.  Check with your club to see if this is a reimbursable expense.

  • If you have any questions, contact Loren Fischbach in the Gulf Swimming Office.  [email protected]

2. Apprentice Training

  • Take the Stroke & Turn / Timer Test- access this course under "EDUCATION" tab on your USA Swimming account- -email certificate of completion to [email protected]
  • Sign-Up and attend a Stroke & Turn Clinic

Once the above process is complete you will be certified as a Stroke & Turn Apprentice (ST-AP)

3. Qualification Training

  • Sign-Up & work the required number of sessions (10 required) at swim meets
  • Request from Meet Referees an Evaluation and / or a Recommendation (2 required)

Once the above process is complete you will be certified as a Stroke & Turn Qualified (ST-Q)


Contact Matt Sale, Gulf Official's Chair:  [email protected]