04/04/2016 

Dear All,
 
There is a fantastic opportunity for parents/swimmers to begin a Judge 1 (J1)/Timekeeper course soon and I will like to ask all parents and youngsters to think about completing this course and helping to officiate at events involving swimmers.  These courses are essential to the smooth running of events and I ask all eligible parents/swimmers to consider helping the club meet its commitments.  The Timekeeper course takes only a couple of hours to complete the course, whereas the Judge 1 course requires more commitment.
If you want your child to compete, we need more people to complete these courses and help officiate.

Timekeeper
This is an introduction into the world of the swimming official. It covers the practical aspects of what is required of a timekeeper by means of a short theory session followed by a practical assessment.
There is a minimum age to start training of 15 years, unless you are involved in the young volunteer programme. If you have started the YV programme, you will get the chance to start with a timekeeper qualification at age 14 and then are invited onto a special young volunteer judge one programme when old enough. 

Judge Level 1
This role is essential for the club as it allows us to meet our commitments at events such as the annual open meet when the club needs a minimum of 11 Judge 1 Officials, and ideally would have 16 Judge 1 officials on the poolside in each session.  The training involves both theory and practical work and begins with choosing one of the theory sessions.   Poolside practice follows and is mentored with around 10 sessions  required to complete the training.  Some will be at club events and some at county or league events so some travel will be necessary
The minimum age to start training is 15 years. Candidates will be required to undertake some formal theory instruction and gain practical experience working on the poolside with a mentor. A course workbook is provided for completion after which there will be a practical assessment.

Course  Venue   Date    Time    Course Cost    

Judge 1 Canford School Sports Centre    Tuesday April 26th      6:15 – 9:15     Paid by WDSC  

Timekeeper      Canford School Sports Centre    Tuesday April 26th      6:15 – 9:15     Paid by WDSC   

Can I ask anyone who is interested in one/both courses, or has any questions to contact us on volunteers.swimwestdorset@gmail.com