KENTUCKY SWIMMING - PO Box 163 - Wilmore, KY 40390 - (859) 539-9091- [email protected]


The education, instruction and training of individuals to develop
and improve their capabilities in the sport of swimming.
To provide a safe and healthy environment, encompassing all backgrounds and abilities that create a tradition of excellence in the sport of swimming.


How to Become a Stroke & Turn Official - Updated 9/12/2021

Send all apprentice session forms to Becky Gilpatrick - [email protected]

Attend New Stroke & Turn Clinic - Class schedule posted on Officials tab - Cert Clinics page

Complete an online Apprentice Application

The Apprentice Application must be completed, submitted and processed before access to the Athlete Protection Training course or the Background Check is allowed.

Complete Background Check

  • You have 60 days to complete the Background Check on the website.
    After this time, you will not be able to apprentice until after the Background Check has been completed.

  • Background Check procedure can be found on the How to Become an Official USAS page on the website.

  • There is a fee to complete the Background Check.

Complete Athlete Protection Training

Concussion Protocol Training (CPT)

View USA Swimming Instruction Videos (bottom of How to Become an Official page)

  • NOTE: Rule change not found in video – hands stacked at the touch in breaststroke and butterfly

Take Certification Stroke and Turn/Timer test

  • Take on-line at (You can download the Rules and Regulations PDF, located on the About tab)

  • Go to; set up an account and log-in

  • Under the OFFICIALS tab, select ONLINE TESTING

  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the red button, Start/Resume Online Test

  • From the drop-down menu, Select A Test, choose Certification-Stroke and Turn/Timer and take the test

Apprentice 4 Sessions

  • Inform Meet Referee of your intention to apprentice, contact info found in the meet information

  • Attend stroke briefing 30 minutes prior to each session – SIGN IN

  • MUST have Apprentice Verification Form filled out for each session

  • Appentice with various ages/levels of swimmers

  • Wear white top, khaki bottoms, white shoes

  • Submit completed Apprentice Verification Form

  • Keep a copy for yourself

  • Scan or take a photo and email to Officials’ Chair, Becky Gilpatrick, [email protected]

Receive Credentials 

  • Download and print officials card from personal Deck Pass account at

  • Can also be downloaded on Officials Tracking System (OTS) at

Display Credentials

  • Wear all credentials when on deck

  • Timely Completion - Complete entire process in 1 calendar year


  • KYLSC.ORG Officials page.New Official Info found on dropdown menu