There are five types of technical swimming official, each described below. 


Timekeeper. This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official.


The minimum recommended age for candidates to undertake this training is 14 years and all need to be registered members of a British Swimming affiliated club or a 

member of the Institute of Swimming (IoS).


Judge Level 1. This is the first level of British qualification. It encompasses the role and duties of a Timekeeper, Chief Timekeeper and Inspector of Turns. The minimum 

age to start training is 15 years


Judge Level 2. This is the second level of qualification. It encompasses the role and duties in relation to all aspects of judging and the theoretical role and duties of 

Starter. The minimum age to start training is 15 years.


Starter. Candidates wishing to qualify as a Starter will be required to hold the Judge Level 2 qualification and be a minimum age of 15 years. Successful candidates will  

be attributed with the Starter qualification: Judge Level 2S


Referee. Responsible for running the event safely and fairly. Candidates for this course are required to be qualified at Judge level 2S and may register to start training 

aged 17 years but must be 18 years at 30 November in the year of the course.


There are also other 'non-technical' officials which, although they do not require any particular qualification, are still vital for the successful running of an event. These include:

Announcer. Reads out safety announcements prior to the gala and then announces each race and any other information as directed by the referee.


Recorders. Record the results of each race from slips provided by the judges. There are normally two recorders required to write down the results and cross-check 

them throughout the meet.


Door Steward. Posted at the pool entrance to collect entrance fees, give out programmes and sell raffle tickets.


Competitive Stewards/Marshals. To organise the swimmers for events/heats based on start lists and guide them towards the starting blocks at the appropriate time. 


Health & Safety Marshals. To ensure that the venue health and safety regulations are complied with.