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Officials are introduced at at ASA SW Region Championships on 4 Dec 2011

Officials are introduced at ASA SW Region Championships on 4 Dec 2011

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British Swimming Open Water Officials Training Course Level 1 and 2

2/3 June 2012 - Bradley Stoke, Bristol

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Click to download a list of 2012 Course dates for volunteers who wish to train to become Open Water Swimming Officials

Seminar for Swimming Officials and other members of swimming clubs if interested

The ASA SW Region is holding a seminar on Sunday 29 April 2012 at the Sports & Social Club, Bath Rd, Bridgwater TA6 4PA.

Licensed Officials are required to attend seminars recognised by the ASA as part of their CPD

The day will be divided into two sessions:

10.30am Contemporary Issues - Newly revised compulsory module for any licensed official during each four year license period.

1.30pm Mentoring - A new CPD module which is essential for all those officials who are asked to mentor officials in training. This module will count towards your license CPD points.
Coffee/Tea will be provided on arrival, and a buffet lunch.

Please download the Notice and complete the reply slip and return it by 15 April 2012 to:-

Mrs Lynne Elliott, 2 St Georges Rd, Saltash, Cornwall. PL12 6EH

ASA South West Region Request for Officials 2012

Request For Officials

Please download, complete and return this form to Lynne Elliott by Monday 12 March 2012.

ASA SW Region would again like to request officials' help to run our own events in 2012 and also other events at which we are asked to provide officials.

Last year we had more officials helping, which was very welcome. This year we look forward to welcoming even more! It is essential that this continues as with two new 10 lane pools this year, it means we will require more officials on poolside.

There will be a CPD Seminar at the end of April for both those officials who need to renew their license and the newly qualified officials. Details will be available soon.

Age requirement update for Officials

To ensure all British Swimming officials have sufficient post qualification training and experience before progressing to the next qualification level, the age requirements have been amended effective January 2012:

  • Timekeeper - minimum age 14 for training and assessment
  • Judge Level 1 - minimum aged 15 for training and must be 16 prior to final assessment
  • Judge Level 2 - minimum age 16 for training
  • Judge Level 2S - complete Judge L2 with 20 hrs minimum experience
  • Referee - minimum age 19 for training and must be aged 20 by 30 November in the year of examination. Must be qualified Judge L2S for at least one year with minimum 10 hrs Starter experience.

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Synchro Officials roles

Learn what skills you require to become a judge, referee, scorer or assessor for synchronised swimming.

Interview with Les Debenham

Les Debenham is keen to ensure the sport of open water swimming has sufficient officials to satisfy the tremendous enthusiasm and increase in events generated by London 2012 and British success in the Beijing Olympics 2008.

We asked Les what is happening nationally in this interview recorded on Day 1 of the Youth Championships 2011 .

View interview (3m 05s flashplayer required)

Radios make their debut

ASA SW Region is following best practise at British Swimming events by utilising radios as its swimming and open water events.

Officials at the ASA South West Region Youth & 16/17+ Youth Championships 2011 were amongst the first to use the newly purchased radios to improve poolside communication.

Interview recorded with Les Debenham on Day 1 (1m 47s flashplayer required)

2011 Aquaforce Volunteer and Coaching Awards

Every year the ASA uses the Aquaforce Awards as a chance to thank those who dedicate vital hours, days and weeks to our sport. This year, could it be you or your club that are honoured?

Nominatons for the 2011 Aquaforce Volunteer and Coaching Awards are now open, and we and the ASA want to see the highest number of nominations to date.

Swiss Timing Relay Break Detection Communication

Official Statement from Swiss Timing regarding the Relay takeover tolerance of Omega/Swiss Timing equipment.

Daktonics Relay Take Off Platform Fact sheet

Daktronics statement on the use of automtic relay takover equipement and tolerances.

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