We are always looking to recruit great officials.  Being an official is an important and crucial part of hosting a successful swim meet and it is a fantastic way to fulfill your workshare obligation.  Please see the information below on how to become an official.  


  1. How to become an official
    1. Attend a Stroke & Turn or Admin Official clinic taught by volunteer clinicians (2 – 2 ½ hours and $10 initial fee), need to RSVP with clinician; clinics dates are updated frequently and are listed at PNS.ORG under “Clinic
    2. After the clinic, you need to pass an OPEN book knowledge test on USA Swimming web site
    3. Once you pass the test, notify your clinician to get an “apprentice official” credential.
    4. Armed with credential, you will start to gain some fun experience with current officials on deck for minimum 4 sessions
    5. Officials (novice or certified) do work entire session that he/she commits to working.  There is no working partial session.
    6. Officials (novice or certified) are required to attend an official meeting each session.  Official meeting usually will be held one hour prior to start of each session.
    7. Notify your clinician once a referee recommends you to be certified.
    8. Register with USA Swimming as a non-athlete member (fees)
    9. Pass Level 2 background check (fees)
    10. Complete and pass an online Athlete Protection Training program on USA Swimming site
    11. BC Booster will reimburse fees for the following :
      • Background check
      • USA Swimming registration 
      • Initial clinic fee once you have successfully becoming a certified official.
    12. How do I sign up to work a meet?
      • Novice official – it is recommended you check with the meet referee before so they can plan and ensure enough experienced officials will be available to work with you.
      • Novice or certified officials can work on any meet (BC or non-BC hosted meets)
      • Once you become certified, you can just show up to a meet that you like and fit into your schedule.
      • No novice official is allowed on championship meets.
    13. Standard official attire
      • White polo
      • Navy blue shorts/pants/skirt/kilt
      • White shoes and socks

Contact BC Official Chair if you have any question


  1. Sign up for an Officials spot in BCST TeamUnify after completing your shift.
  2. USA Swimming Rule Book
  3. Level 2 Background Check
  4. Athletic Protection Education
  5. USA Swimming Non-Athletic Registration