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Information from USA Swimming regarding 12 and Under Tech Suit Requirements.

Learn about high school swimming and how to get involved.



If you have not completed your Concussion Protocol Training please do so as soon as possible.  Follow this link to the USA Swimming website.  There you can choose from two training options.  Once you have completed the training and receive your certificate, please email it to Dick Cavanah: [email protected], to be put in SWIMS.  Once in SWIMS, your Deck Pass will be updated.  If you have questions, please review this document. 

Recertification Information

Please review the attached PDF and follow the guidelines to recertify.  If you have any questions, please contact Steve Goldman or Kathy Fish.

National Certification

The Officials Committee encourages our Officials to improve their craft. One way to do this is to advance from your FGC certification to the N2 and N3 Level.
Follow this link and see if you are ready for the next level or recertification.

Click Here to go to the USA Swimming Web Site Officials Page.




Officials Committee 


Official's Chair


Steven Goldman

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Assistant Chair

Kathy Fish

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Juan Pelaez

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Deb Gembicki

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Dade Athlete Rep.

Benjamin Carey



Allan Golding

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Broward Athlete Rep.

Sarah Acevedo


Brian Lacusky [email protected]

Palm Beach

Scott Boggs

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Palm Beach

Dee Herfurth

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At Large

Fabio Meira [email protected]

Open Water

Hector Acevedo

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Welcome to the world of swim officiating! This page contains all the information you need to become an entry level swim official. If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact Steve Goldman.


Why Be An Official?

There are lots of great reasons to become a swim official…

  • We need you! Maybe it looks to you like we have plenty of folks on deck…but the fact is that at most meets we have about half the number of folks we need to effectively officiate!

  • Contribute meaningfully to the sport! Sitting in the stands or in a lawn chair on deck is better than not showing up for your children, but becoming an official demonstrates to them the kind of parent you are --- caring and active.

  • Great view! You are right there at the point of the action.

  • Hospitality! At most all meets you are ‘fed and watered’ to your hearts content.

  • Camaraderie! Meet and make friends with lots of other folks from all over your area and the state, and enjoy the energy and spirit of the officials group.

  • We are NOT little league…in swimming, unlike many sports, we pay for professional coaching, and rely on volunteer officials…that’s the way it should be, not the other way around!


What do ‘Stroke and Turn Judges’ do?

The officials help the coaches and swimmers by maintaining a fair competitive environment. Stroke and Turn Judges (S/T) will observe the swimmers after the start and report any violations of the stroke and turn rules to the Referee. Officials should never incorrectly report a violation of the rules, as it is expected that all reports are based on 100% certainty that what is reported as a disqualification is a violation of the rules. The swimmers ALWAYS get the benefit of the doubt!



Swimming officials are divided into several levels, and once you have become a S/T judge, you can choose to progress to additional levels if you wish. There is no level more important than the Stroke and Turn level, but you learn additional skills at each level. The additional levels are:

• Starter

• Deck Referee

• Meet Referee

• Clinical Instructor (someone who teaches clinics)

How To Become An Official

Certification at each level requires formal instruction (a clinic), testing, and supervised experience on deck. For Starter and Referee, experience at the preceding level is also required.

Here are the specific steps required:

1. Become a USA Swimming non-athlete member

a) Contact your team's coach for link

b) If unattached, request link from Official's Chair

2. Create a login/password for USA Swimming (if you don't already have one)

3. Complete a (level II) background check

4. Complete the Athlete Protection Course

5. Complete Concussion Training

6.  Attend a Stroke and Turn Clinic

7. Take and pass the Stroke and Turn online test

8. Complete minimum four sessions on deck as an apprentice official during which time you will shadow an experienced official.

The above steps can be completed in about any order, although step #6 must precede step #8.


Officiating Videos from USA Swimming


Officials Documents & Forms from USA Swimming


Officials Training Resources:

Officials Clinic & Briefing Resources

Situations & Resolutions

Professional Documents for Each Position

Forms For Officials:

Deck Organization

Relay Takeoff Slips

Split Record Forms