Somerset ASA Officials are co-ordinated by Graham Cockill who also chairs the Officials Panel and was our President in 2012. 

86 new qualifications were gained by our swimming officials in 2016/17, including 50 Timekeepers, 25 Judge Level 1, 10 Judge Level 2 and 1 Referee.  Thank you to everyone who has helped with their training. 

Although we have 200 qualified officials in Somerset, there is constant turnover and fewer than 100 are active at County level so we need a constant supply of new officials to maintain our numbers and ensure that competitions can take place. 

Please encourage adults in your club to become officials. Ten parents from Yeovil & District SC started their training in September 2017 to be swimming officials and are enjoying getting to know more about our sport. We wish them all the best for the rest of their training. Remember the minimum age at which the Judge Level 1 course can be started is 15, so it need not be solely the preserve of adults. Indeed, a number of our young volunteers take the J1 course. If you would like us to train new officials for your Club, please contact Graham.

The Officials Exam Framework changed to allow for more practical and assessment based awards.  A licensing system was introduced, and has been a requirement since 2012 for all officials at our County Swimming Championships.

View Training Notes for those undertaking study towards the British Swimming Referee qualification. Five candidates from Somerset took their referee exam in 2017. Congratulations to Chris Metcalfe and Mike Riggall who achieved the very challenging 80+% pass mark required. Our unsuccessful candidates scored just below and two plan to retake the exam in May. Please note the future costs of referee training (eg entry fees, travel and resource costs) will be met by Swim England South West. Applications were open until midnight 31 October 2017 for Referees and Starters wishing to be considered to join the British Swimming Officials’ Development Programme in 2018.

Can you help?

Swim England South West would again like to request help from our officials to run their events in 2018 and also other events at which the Region is asked to provide officials. In 2018 the Para Swimming CPD ran before the Spring Regional Para-Swimming Development Meet on 11 March at Horfield Pool, Bristol, providing  everyone with the opportunity to gain experience at the gala in the afternoon. Officials interested in supporting Regional events are asked to contact Jill Beard (

Each year, the Secretary SW Region Officials Committee publishes details of swimming, masters, open water and schools competitions which will require officials and also upcoming sessions / CPD you can attend. 

We congratulate Nicky Vause (Norton Radstock Swimming Club) who has been appointed Regional Officials Secretary. 

Please remember tutors of any officials’ courses where trainees are under 18 will in future require safeguarding accreditation.


Kay Willcox was selected to officiate at the 2017 National County Team Championships at Ponds Forge, Sheffield on 8 October.

Graham Cockill issued a call for officials for 2018 County Swimming Championships and will do so again for the Development Meet (29/30 Sep 2018) which is always a good practice event for trainee officials.

There are opportunities to officiate at the British Para-Swimming International Meet 2018 (31 May - 3  June in Sheffield) for which applications close on 30 March..

Officials are not only required around the pool but for Open Water events. Swim England South West will run a development course for new open water officials during the 2018 season - venues TBA. Four Somerset volunteers attended in 2017:

There will be opportunities to officiate at the SW Region and Somerset Open Water Championships on Saturday 7 July 2018..

Officials are also required in Water Polo and Synchronised Swimming. County Technical Secretaries for all disciplines would also be delighted to hear from volunteers who wish to help officiate. Our Disability Swimming Co-ordinator would also be pleased to hear from anyone interested in becoming an official at Disability Events. Contact details are here.

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We publicised and then held a briefing on 8 January 2018  at Clevedon Town Council Buildings on changes to FINA rules.

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For a link to past Swimming Officials newsletters and other information available nationally in relation to courses and examinations click here.