Open Water Officials Pathway

20 November 2017
Open Water OfficialsThere are several different levels of open water officiating that could potentially lead to becoming an open water referee at an International event!  To get started, you must register by completing an application which can be downloaded  HERE.  Once you have completed the form, please email it to our regional open water manager and officials co-ordinator, Paul Kendall, at:

Details of the different levels of open water officials training can be found below.  Courses in the region can run with a minimum of three people at a location convienent ot the participants.

Judge Level 1 (OWJ1)
Age: 15 upwards
Training requirements: Candidates must complete a theory course and practical assessment of duties (timekeeper, chief timekeeper, turn judge, feeding platform judge).

Judge Level 2 (OWJ2)
Age: 16 Upwards
Prerequisites: Already qualified as OWJ1 and have officiated at two more more events.
Training requirements: Complete a theory course and practical assessment of duties (race judge, finish judge, course officier, clerk of the course, starter)

Open Water Referee
Age: 20 Upwards
Prerequisites: Already qualified as OWJ2 and have officiated at six or more events since completing OWJ2, one of which must have been in a different region or national venue.
Candidates must be nominated by national or regional open water manager/officials co-ordinator.
Training requirements: Mentored development leading to completion of theory exam and practical assessment of duties.  Travel outside of home region to complete assessment will be required.

International Representation Pathway
Prerequisites:  Qualfied as a British Swimming Open Water Referee for a minimum of five years.  Refereed a minimum of five home and four other regional events (two of which must be at different venues), plus four National Championships.  Performed as Chief Referee on at least four occasions at a minimum of two separate venues, with one preferably and open sea enviromoment.  Must have received nominaiton from the sport govenerning body.
Training requirements: Successfully complete FINA theory course and exam and receive offer to serve on the FINA list.
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