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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.