Young Technical Official

Technical Officials are a central part of every swimming event and our swimming competitions could not run without the commitment, focus and expertise of technical officials who give their time to make sure events run smoothly and safely and within the sport’s regulations.

Becoming a Young Technical Official is a great way for our young members to stay in the sport and there is a whole pathway open to you including Timekeeper, Recorder, Judge 1, Judge 2, Judge 2S and Referee. Some of our Technical Officials have even volunteered at the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics!

If you are age 14 years and over, have your Timekeeper’s certificate, and have a keen interest in swimming and the enthusiasm to learn then becoming a Young Technical Official this might be right for you!

You will be a fully supported and you will be developing alongside young inspiring technical officials like yourself.


“It helps you build up communication skills, working with other Timekeepers other Judges, also just attention to detail, focusing…..and making decisions even if it’s a hard decision to make.”

Sally Nisbet, Young Volunteer Programme

“If you are thinking of volunteering in sport just definitely get out there and do it because it makes a real difference to me and the rest of the athletes….without volunteers events literally would not be able to run.”

Ross Murdoch, Olympic Athlete


  • Attend a day’s training
  • Be mentored at events
  • Gain qualifications in officiating
  • Gain an SCQF qualification in Conflict resolution
  • Attend pre organised meets that suit you where you will have a mentor to support your development


  • Time keepers qualification
  • Good concentration
  • Reliable and honest
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Approachable and friendly
  • Confident


Attend a 1-day training course, then attend various competitions in your District over the course of the season. 

Each District will take between 3 and 8 young people per year for this supported programme. To be part of the programme this year you need to have completed your Time Keepers course.   Each young person will then need to complete the online application process.  The District will then select those young people it has capacity to accommodate and mentor.