Volunteers are an integral part of our swimming community, and have the crucial role of supporting our athletes to get the best opportunity to reach their goals. There are a variety of different ways you can lend a hand, from non-accredited positions to becoming a Technical Official.
See the various different ways you can help out below...
A number of volunteer positions require police vetting to be undertaken. This ensures the safety of our athletes.
There are several positions available that require no qualifications. Why not try timekeeping, marshalling or helping with the electronic side of things as an AOE Operator or Recorder?
Timekeeping is where most parents start as volunteers. So, what does timekeeping involve?
When volunteers have timekept at 5 events, they may choose to fill the Chief Timekeeper role. What does being a Chief Timekeeper involve?
Marshals are responsible for organising athletes into their correct lanes 4-6 heats prior to their race, and ensuring athletes arrive behind the blocks at the correct time.
They are also responsible for:
AOE Operator and Recorder
If you like working with electronic equipment, this may be your niche!
Provide the support and technical information allowing competition to be held and approved within SNZ Competition guidelines. These are important roles at all levels of the sport, local, regional, national, and international competitions.
Keen to begin your officiating journey? We would love to hear from you, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Inspector of Turns (IOT)
The first stage in your officiating journey is undertaking the training and assessment procress to become an Inspector of Turns (IOT).
The Inspector of Turns observes athletes from the end of the lane(s) to ensure that the starts, turns, and finishes comply with the rules applicable to each stroke.
IOT training consists of two components: theoretical and practical. The theory module is delivered right to your armchair through an online platform, providing trainees with a solid base to build their practical trainee sessions, and practical training will take place on a pool deck near you.
Judge of Stroke (JOS)
Once becoming an accredited Inspector of Turns, the next stage in your officiating journey is to becoming a Judge of Stroke (JOS)
The Judge of Stroke walks alongside the pool, observing swimmers to ensure compliance with the rules relating to each stroke over the entire race.
Training has been split into two sections - theory and practical. The theory component is an online module that provides a solid base before embarking on the practical trainee sessions.
With your Inspector of Turns and Judge of Stroke accreditation under your belt, why not continue along the officiating pathway and expand on all those learnt skills by training to become a Starter.
The Starter ensures that all athletes receive a fair and equitable start. The Starter works closely with the Referee, assuming the responsibility of the race start at the Referee’s signal. At that time, the Starter invites athletes to "take their marks" ensuring no athlete is moving before the starting signal.
The final step on the regional officiating pathway combines all your learnt knowledge and skills, so what’s involved in becoming a Referee?
The Referee has overall authority and responsibility over all officials and ensures compliance with all the rules. The Referee resolves all questions relating to the conduct of the swim meet where applicable and decides on disqualifications. The referee ensures that all officials are in place, timekeepers are ready, and that all swimmers are present and ready for the start of therace.
When you become knowledgeable in all aspects of running a swim meet, such as Starter, Judge of Stroke, Inspector of Turns, timekeeping, computer operation, scoring and all rules that pertain to providing fair and equitable competition for all swimmers, you can qualify to assume the duties of a Referee.
SOUTH ISLAND NEIGHBOURS