2021 Steps to becoming a Certified USA Swimming Official in the Georgia LSC
Attend a Stroke and Turn official clinic taught by a certified trainer (online or in person).
Take the Stroke and Turn officials test located on the USA Swimming website www.usaswimming.org. The tests are located under “Officials” tab, Online Testing. You can take the online test before you join USA Swimming, USA Swimming will issue you a temporary USA Swimming ID so you can take the tests. The testing is open book, and you can either use a rule book or the PDF version on the rulebook available on the USA Swimming website. The test must be passed with a grade of 80 percent or higher, and can be taken multiple times. The test results are emailed to the Georgia Swimming Officials Chair, and the training coordinator. Email firstname.lastname@example.org when you have completed your test. (Must be 80% or higher)
Clarice will email you an apprentice form once you have taken and passed your test. You must take this apprentice form with you to each USA meet until you have an Official GA Certification Card.
You must apprentice at five (5) sessions, at two (2) different Georgia Swimming meets. There you will work with an experienced official, to go over what happens during a swim meet and how the job is performed on deck. You should endeavor to work with different officials, so you can make the most experience during your apprenticeship. At the end of each session, you will have an apprentice form signed by the meet referee. Once this form is completed, you send a copy of it to the certification chair & training coordinator, and your USA Swimming credentials will be entered and activated.
USA Swimming officials are required to pass a Background Check. Unfortunately, background checks for other organizations will not meet USA Swimming’s requirements. The check costs $38, and the links to the background check are located on the USA Swimming Website under officials. There is a link on the main officials’ page to the background check section. www.usaswimming.org/backgroundcheck
You must complete Athlete Protection Training (APT). Due to new Safe Sport Rules – you must do this within 60 days of your 1st apprentice session on a deck. You must join USA Swimming as a non-athlete member prior to taking the APT - see step #5. There is a link to APT on the main Officials’ page: https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/landing-pages/safe-sport/apt There is no charge for this.