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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 - 14 x J1; 7 x J2 are newly qualified since January 2018. New J1 courses have been run at Backwell, Bridgwater, Street and Weston-super-Mare, 

A new J1 course will be run for Team Bath AS and Frome SC in June 2018.

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?

Officials neededSwim England South West have an urgent need for Licensed Officials to support their events, in particular the Regional swimming competitions on

  • 5, 6 & 7 May 2018 at Plymouth Life Centre (Youth)
  • 12 & 13 May 2018 at Bristol Hengrove (Age Groups)
  • 19 & 20 May 2018 at Millfield (Age Groups)

Without sufficient help, these Meet licenses will be at risk and times not be valid for the National Summer Events. Please email beardfamily@yahoo.co.uk with offers to help. Thank you in anticipation of your support.

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 (beardfamilyuk@icloud.com).

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.

Mike Riggall and Chris Metcalfe, who passed their Referee examinations in November 2017 , will take their practical assessments in April 2018 to become  fully qualified Referees. Referee candidates in 2018 are Nicky Vause and Simon Lodge (tutors Alan Withers and Graham Cockill).

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.

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 and dates TBA. Four Somerset volunteers attended in 2017:

  • Saturday 26 May 2018 – classroom workshop sessions
  • Saturday 2  June 2018 - practical sessions on beach and boat.

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

There are also opportunities to officiate at the Swim England National Open Water Festival 2018 which will be held on Sunday 29 July and Monday 30 July 2018 in Rother Valley Country Park, Sheffield. Applications close on 18 May 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.

Stay informed

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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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Licensed Meets - Useful Documents:

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