Mission Statement: To promote growth and development of a diverse swimming community through education, innovation, and a commitment to excellence.

Vision Statement: To create a healthy community in South Florida which cultivates safety, fitness and competitive excellence through swimming.


If you are interested in becoming an FHSAA Swim and Dive Official for the 2020 - 2021 school year, please read the following:

The FHSAA has begun accepting registrations for the 2020-21 season starting July 10th. Returning officials, will log into their Arbiter account on the FHSAA Central Hub, www.fhsaa.arbitersports.com and click on the Registration tab. Please remember to use your same Arbiter account information from last year so that all of your information stays in place.  New officials will use the same link and create an account.

PLEASE NOTE: Even though FHSAA has stated that sports may begin on July 27, 2020, each school district/county may have their own calendar when conditioning and competition will start.
To review the Considerations for Fall Swimming, click here.

To review the FHSAA 2020-2021 Officials Fall Sports Officials Considerations, click here.


Background checks are taking longer than anticipated, anywhere from 8 - 12 weeks.  Please be patient as this is a unique time for all 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: npbcoach4@aol.com, to be put in SWIMS.  Once in SWIMS, your Deck Pass will be updated.  If you have questions, please review this document. 


The 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 NCAA Supplemental Test is available on the USA Swimming website.  Follow this link to download the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Rulebook for free.

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.


List of Official's Membership Requirements




Officials Committee 


Official's Chair  

Steven Goldman


Assistant Chair

Kathy Fish



Juan Pelaez



Fabio Meira


Dade Athlete Rep.

Phillip Meira



Allan Golding



Beth Wilkerson


Broward Athlete Rep.

Sarah Acevedo


Palm Beach

Scott Boggs


Palm Beach

Brian Lacusky


Open Water

Hector Acevedo




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) 60 day apprentice membershipFill this form out NOW. You must complete your training in 60 days. You can wait for the full membership once you decide that this is how you want to volunteer.

          b) Full USA Swimming Non-Athlete Member registration – For those who are sure!

2.  Create a login/password for USA Swimming / Deck Pass (if you don't have one already) and link it to your non-athlete membership

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 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


Forms for Officials