​​​​​​​obligation to volunteer

You have a requirement to volunteer at our team hosted swim meets and to acquire and maintain training as a meet official. Each swim family is expected to have at least one member attend at least one officials training clinic, and shadow twice on deck at swim meets held during the course of the season. This is required to become certified in an official’s role and/or enables you to achieve the next Swim Canada Officiating Level. The Calgary Patriots will provide opportunities each year for various training clinics.

In addition, each swim family must provide a volunteer for a minimum of 2 shifts (sessions) when they have a swimmer participating in one of the Club’s hosted meets (i.e. Pugsley’s Plunge, Chinook Invitational, Team Champs). 

If the volunteer does not register for a role by the registration deadline communicated by the Club, a fine of $300 will be charged to their Patriots account.

​​​​​​​For more information regarding Officials, contact the Officials Coordinator via email at





Level I - Red Pin

A. Complete the Introduction to Swimming Officiating clinic, also known as the 'Timer clinic'.

B. Complete the Safety Marshal clinic.  

C. Complete registration in the Swimming Canada Officials Registration System.

Note: The requirements for Level I (A, B, C) may be completed simultaneously or in any order.



Level II - White Pin

A. Certify in Level I by obtaining two successful deck evaluations in the role of Timekeeper.

B. Complete the Judge of Stroke/Inspector of Turns clinic and obtain two successful deck evaluations. 

C. Complete one other Level II clinic listed below and obtain two successful deck evaluations:

  • Chief Timekeeper;
  • Clerk of Course;
  • Chief Finish Judge (CFJ) / Chief Judge Electronics (CJE);
  • Meet Manager;
  • Starter.

Note: Certification in the role of Chief Finish Judge/Chief Judge Electronics requires that an official obtain at least one of the two deck evaluations in the role of Chief Finish Judge.

Completing the requirements for Level II (A, B, C) may happen simultaneously or in any order. ​​​​​​​




Online Training

  1. Go to

  2. Select the online course that you are interested in taking. 

    The timer course is inside the 'Introduction to Swimming Clinic'.

  3. Read through the PowerPoint. 

  4. At the next meet, sign up for the new position indicating that you will be a “SHADOW” and need to be mentored in this position. Once a basic understanding of the position is understood from the PowerPoint most of the actual learning is accomplished “on the job.

​​​​​​​Officials CODE OF CONDUCT and ETHICS

The Swim Alberta Code of Conduct and Ethics can be found here.