18 & Under World 100s
Gulf Swimming
Level 1

Calling USA Officials

Erik Cozadd

Ambush Swimming needs your help parents. We are so excited to be hosting a nother great season of swim meets here in east Texas. But we need your help. Please consider becoming a USA Certified official. Or if you know a grandparent, family friend, or relative that might  be intersted please forward this messate. What you are doing will go a very long way to ensuring aquatic sustainability and help strengthen our communities through tourism support and establishing a positive place for our members!

The following is an outline of training to complete over the next few weeks. My hopes are to get you to start by our next two swim meets so you can determine if this is something you enjoy and want to continue. I’ll also include a short list of meet dates for you to consider helping.


Outlined Requirements:

  • Registration form (5min)

  • USA Swim Background check (10min)

  • Athlete Protection Training (APT) videos (45min)

  • Purchasing Official’s Attire (shopping is fun and we will pay for it!!!)

  • Online multiple choice and open book test (1-2hours)

  • Shadow 3-4 session behind a certified Official and get feedback (6-10 hours)

Below are details on each requirement. Please know that we can pay for and or reimburse any expense through our pool and booster club so please keep receipts.

  • Registration form: Please Type your information into the registration form from me (Erik Cozadd) [email protected]. I will send this in with payment. Takes about 2 days to process. 

  • Background check: After registration clears...CLICK HERE to initiate a USA specific background check so that you may be among protected athletes in the sport on deck. We prevent parents/spectators on deck without this done. Cost is around $25 but again I will get you reimbursed, send me a receipt please.

  • APT Videos: CLICK HERE to view the two of three videos of your choice to watch. Each video is about twenty min long but helps ensure we are looking out for the best interest of our athletes.

  • Purchase Officials Attire: Gulf swimming requires White Polo (Women or men’s fit), Navy pants or shorts or skirts, and mostly white shoes. I’ve included a picture above to reference. Know that May-September can be hot so I suggest the latter two options (shorts & skirts). Once again turn in receipts and I’ll pay you back for bottoms and shoes. Send me your Polo size and I’ll get the correct monogrammed fit of polo.

By this point you are ready to shadow/officiate on deck at a USA Swim Meet! Donna Dormiani (Meet Referee) and Louis Davis (Deck Referee) are very experienced and will partner, teach, mentor, and help you all so that you are comfortable later on.

  • Online Test: By this point you will receive a USA Swimming rule book in the Mail. This will help your completion of the online Stroke & Turn Officials Test on the USA swimming.org test. CLICK HERE to sign in. In the search bar type “officials certification”. This is an open book test and you may take as many tries as you need. I am available for help if needed.

Please understand that I’m here to help you complete this process and I answer emails and texts promptly so feel free to ask!

Upcoming Swim Meet Dates where you can shadow locally…

  • October 22-23rd

  • November 12-13th

  • January 14-15th