Technical officials are those hard working ladies and gentlemen who ensure that all our sanctioned swim meets and competitions are run fairly and according to the Rules.
Please contact your Branch to find out when/where the next Technical course will be conducted or to arrange a course at your club.
All MSA technical courses are sanctioned by the MSA National Office and conducted in accordance with the approved curricula. The theory section of each course is presented by the Course Presenter, who is an official with current experience in the position and adult education experience. To strive for national consistency in their delivery, there are Presenter Notes for each course, which are available from the Branch and National Offices. If your club or group wishes to conduct a technical course, complete the Application Form to Conduct a Masters Swimming Australia Technical Course.
- If you are not accredited as an official with MSA or SAL and wish to become an Official, please refer to the document Pathways to Becoming an Official
- Officials who have a current accreditation with a swimming organisation other than MSA should refer to Cross Accreditation and Re-accreditation
- SAL accredited officials may officiate at MSA sanctioned meets except in the role of the Meet Referee, who must be accredited with MSA. SAL referees should refer to the Guide for SAL accredited referees
- All members and their family and friends are encouraged to become officials
There are seven Technical Courses offered by MSA, as outlined below.
After becoming accredited as a Timekeeper you may then proceed to any of the following five courses.
It is preferable to complete each course before starting another.
Before enrolling in any of these courses, you will be required to read the first three modules of the General Principles of Officiating, plus sign an Officials Code of Conduct form.
These, and other course specific documents, may be downloaded from our Technical Courses Resources page.
After being accredited in all of the above positions you may then apply to train as a Referee.
Officials who have a current accreditation must renew their accreditation every 4 years. Refer to Cross Accreditation and Re-accreditation.
If an official is accused of not performing their duties, lack of competence or misconduct Branches shall refer to Officials who are not meeting the performance criteria.
There are also a number of positions that do not currently require accreditation. They include:
- Meet Director: Supervises the organisation of a competition and all matters of its conduct that are not under the direct control of the Referee.
See Guidelines for Meet Directors and Clubs.
- IoT Runner: Collects Infraction Reports from the Chief Inspectors of Turns and Judges of Strokes and takes them to the Event Referee.
- Runner: Collects all times from the Timekeepers and takes them to the Recorder.
- Recorder: Records all times recorded at the meet and usually keeps a record of points scored by both individuals and teams. Notifies the Meet Referee of any records that are broken or set. The person(s) in this role needs to understand the system being used to record the results and must be able to handle any potential issues.
- Control Room Supervisor: supervises the automatic timing operations, checks the results from computer printouts, checks the relay exchange printout and reports any early take offs to the Event Referee.
- Announcer: Keeps spectators and swimmers advised regarding the event in progress. Advises competitors when they are required to report to the Marshal. Ensures he/she is not disrupting the start of races