Becoming a swim official is one of the best ways to see your child(ren) swim! It’s also a great way to learn about competitive swimming. Each swimming stroke has specific rules designed to ensure that no swimmer gets an unfair competitive advantage over another swimmer. Officials are present at all competitions to implement the technical rules of swimming and to ensure that the competition is fair and equitable. Here’s links to the About BCSSAOfficials and the BCSSA Officials’ Duties and Pins webpages.
Officials attend clinics and must shadow/work meets before becoming certified. All parents are encouraged to get involved with some form of officiating.
The BC Summer Swim Association (BCSSA) encourages clubs to have a number of officials. We say the more the merrier! Training sessions are usually held in May. We hope you grab this wonderful opportunity to volunteer. Have questions? Contact our PMA Officials Coordinator.
BCSSA’s Officials’ Code of Conduct
Responsible for promoting the rules of their sport to all participants to the best of their ability.
Conduct shall reflect professionalism through respect for all participants, knowledge of the rules, and integrity and neutrality in the application of the rules.
When on deck, shall be properly attired so they can be easily identified by competitors and spectators.
Always treat fellow officials with respect and not disparage their decisions.
Maintain and update their knowledge of the rules and rule changes.
Be fair, equitable, considerate, independent, honest, and impartial in all dealings.
Honour all assignments unless unable to do so by virtue of illness or personal emergency, and in these cases inform the assignor at the earliest possible time.