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Artistic Swimming Chief Recorders Course relaunched

October 18, 2021   By

Officials within artistic swimming are to be offered the opportunity to upskill and widen their knowledge of volunteering within the sport with a new Artistic Swimming Chief Recorders Course delivered on a national basis, and aimed at increasing the number of Chief Recorders available to support competition delivery.

Individuals who successfully complete the one-day course and have been observed at a regional and national level will receive national chief recorder status, which can be used at both regional and national competitions. New chief recorders will be supported and mentored by one of the current active chief recorders.

Those who completed the National Scorers Course within the last decade are also eligible for the course, which will take place on 21 November.

If you are interested in taking part in this course, register your interest via this link. Applicants will then be asked to submit a short Artistic Swimming CV demonstrating their experience. A selection panel from within the sport will review these before sending out invites.

Name change for Swim England membership categories

October 18, 2021   By

Swim England’s membership categories are being given new names to make them more ‘meaningful and relevant’. The changes, which will come into effect in 2022, are being introduced following feedback from members, clubs and stakeholders. Club Train, Club Compete and Club Support will replace Category One, Category Two and Category Three respectively but it is a change in name only – all other existing conditions of those categories remain the same as follows.

Club Train is for members who are either learning to swim, or training in any discipline. As a Club Train member you will be able to compete in Low Level Competitions or an event that has an exemption under Swim England regulations. Club compete is for members of a club and looking to compete in any discipline in open competitions.  This membership offers the benefit of structured competitive pathway at all levels in every discipline. And finally, Club Support is support anyone involved in a club who volunteers or is employed by the club, including committee members, officers, Teachers and Coaches as well as any parent members. The changes are now being communicated to all Swim England affiliated clubs and toolkits and templates to help support clubs to communicate these changes for the 2022 membership year will also be supplied by Swim England.

Deadline changes for SwimMark and Stronger Affiliation

September 2, 2021   By

The national reporting deadlines for both SwimMark and Stronger Affiliation are changing with submission dates being deferred until later in the year. Clubs with a current deadline of 8 December 2021 now have an extra few weeks until 31 January 2022.

For 2022 deadline dates, clubs required to submit reports by 23 March now have until 30 April, those due to submit by 22 June until  31 July, and clubs with a 21 September submission date until 31 October.

Regional deadlines for evidence submission are generally one week prior to the national date and, in line with the national change, the regional deadline for December 2021 submissions will be rescheduled from 3 December 2021 to 24 January 2022; dates for 2022 submissions are to be confirmed.

Judge 1 Training Deadlines

September 1, 2021   By

Following the reintroduction of a level of competition across the home nations, the British Swimming SOG has agreed deadlines for candidates to complete Judge 1 training as follows.

Candidates who commenced their Judge 1 training under the old face to face/classroom system will have until 31 March 2022 to complete their practical training.

Candidates who completes their Judge 1 online theory training by the 31 August 2021 deadline with have until 31 July 2022 to complete their practical training.

Finally, candidates who completes their Judge 1 online theory training from 1 September 2021 onwards will have 11 months to complete their practical training.

The BSSOG has emphasised that the date of completion of theory training is the date on their certificate and not the date it is uploaded. It is therefore important that candidates enter the correct date when uploading their certificate otherwise the date will default to 1 January 2021, which may reduce the time available to complete the practical elements. However passes under the “old” system should be processed as such, and NOT via the online upload system.

Any practical training that has already been completed since the date on their certificate can be used, provided it meets the criteria for mentoring as laid down in the log book. Also there is no longer a requirement for any Judge 1 candidates to undergo a final assessment, and once the candidate is considered competent on all required elements they may be awarded the qualification. Requests for extension of any of the published deadlines will be considered on an exceptional, case by case basis, and requests must be submitted by the candidate to swimmingofficials@swimming.org for consideration by the BSSOG.

Log books are now being issued on a regular basis so if they are not being received, candidates should email swimmingofficials@swimming.org  with their membership number if waiting more than two weeks from uploading their certificate.