Following a review at a recent meeting of Swim England’s Swimming Leadership Group there has been an update to the training processes and uniform requirements for technical officials.
Technical officials have an important role to play in ensuring a fair and level playing field for all athletes’ in the sport from club level right through to international competition.
England, Scotland and Wales have been working towards common standards in the education and training of all swimming officials. All three Home Countries use FINA Technical Rules meaning trained officials are listed as British Swimming Officials.
The updates in training come at the opening level, Judge 1, where it has been decided that the requirement to officiate for a minimum of three hours at a Level 1 or 2 meet is no longer mandatory.
Trainee officials are still encouraged to carry out their training at this level to increase their experience if they wish.